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Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, and was . Gödel, Escher, and Bach are deeply intertwined in this very short Dialogue. What are some of the most riveting concepts featured in Gödel, Escher, Bach? Why isn’t the Douglas Hofstadter book Gödel, Escher, Bach available as an. Douglas Hofstadter Excerpts from Hofstadter’s Books. On what GEB is really all about (from Gödel, Escher, Bach: 20th Anniversary Ed.) So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym.

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But they are not my words. Fictionists and novelists deriving their narrative structures from the sciences and philosophy is nothing new.

Well, the drawing seems consistent, internally, to the characters in it. A unique endeavor that, while not always successful in the pursuit of a coherent and convincing elucidation of the author’s theses, represents something of a classic that must be read for its This is quite a remarkable book: This is visually represented in M.

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

I think he [Professor Philipp Frank] would have enjoyed both of these books enormously. John got talked into taking some thousands of copies.

We have never seen God, but can only guess As I work my way through this dense book, I am reminded of the Zen tale of 4 blind men and an elephant. In a short book or a movie, cleverness can be fun and exciting.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

This is only a partial view, in my opinion, and this view should also be heavily qualified: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I thought it was only you up here!

There’s a recursive paradox in nofstadter somewhere. Jun 17, Matt rated it did not like it Shelves: Is it a difficult book? This is such a work’ – Martin Gardner show more. Although at the upper level, our consciousness is an unprovable system, at the base level, the neurons are performing logically. That’s why they make British baking shows, for dunces such as I. No matter how much we try, we cannot get out of our own system.


The more you think about it, the more bizarre it gets Hofstadter is about as interesting and insightful as a year-old stoner who got a hold of some of his dad’s bodel books. Now for some of the pros and cons of the book: Castel Sant’ Angelo Nocturnal Rome: You can’t just differ with the masses in not hating mathematics. Neurologist Karl Hofstdater, in his experiment, had rats learn to navigate mazes.

Besides, Hofstadter gives an implicit warning when quoting Marvin Minsky, who said: If, during the course of slapping said knee, all the pens fell out of your pocket protector and landed scattered across the piece of paper you were using to make Venn diagrams to help you decide what to have for breakfast, that, of esche, is even better.

Took me five years to read it. A unique endeavor that, while not always successful in the pursuit of a coherent and convincing escner of the author’s theses, represents something of a douylas that must be read for its enriching, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, hugely entertaining, wonderfully brilliant, highly creative nature. These narratives frequently dip into self-reference and metafiction. The issue is that the layers interceding between neural electrical firings and human thought are tangled.

Hofstadter himself encourages you to just open the book at random, read a few pages, skip around, look at the pictures, listen to some Bach, etc, and that certainly helped me get a foothold. Retrieved 25 October Recursion is the process of building up from a block of structure.

That doesn’t mean that you won’t understand many of the book’s salient points if you can’t successfully answer his questions. Wertheim Tetrahedral Planetoide Fish No. He wasn’t an academic any more, he was a proper publisher with a strong reputation for intellectually high end output. A crab canon, as our musi The reading of a book and its interpretation are determined in part by the cytoplasmic soup in which it is taken up.


Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

This is just one case portraying the difficulty inherent in trying to define and understand intelligence and the connection between brain hardware and godle. This book was so metal. Truthfully there are portions which that person of twenty duglas years ago would appreciate more everything ending with “you can prove this for yourself”and there are portions which require the extra maturity.

The fantasy rule states that fantasies can be nested within fantasies, with differing levels of reality. But when you return to her, she takes you back—like nothing ever happened.

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The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll ” was used by hofstadteer publisher to describe the book. I remain blitheringly stupid. That is, its r. Basically, the process involves reading and processing of symbols, writing it down, copying a symbol from one place to another, erasing the symbol, checking for sameness, and keeping a list of generated theorems.

Bank’s Culture novel, by the way. Indeed, it cannot be proven. This is perhaps the criticism that’s most commonly leveled against the book: For example, Kurt Godel was a mathematician who proved that in any self-consistent formulation of number theory, you could generate theorems that, while “true”, were not provable in within that formulation.

Return to Book Page. Hofstadter claims the idea of translating his book “never crossed [his] mind” when he was writing it—but when his publisher brought it up, he was “very excited about seeing [the] book in bzch languages, especially… French.

As it should be.