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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I first encountered this ‘way back in the day, as an adjunct to the required Theory of Computation courses while working on my B. So even if you don’t have a background in the subject, you can still gain mental access to one of the most insanely mindbogglingly awesome discoveries in modern mathematics. The lower level isomorphisms are so simple, that we only see explicit meanings.

To describe such self-referencing objects, Hofstadter coins the term ” strange loop “—a concept he examines in more depth in his follow-up book I Am a Strange Loop. Part 2 covers applications of part one to more philosophical explorations about consciousness and artificial intelligence and the meta-composition of everything. hofsradter

It depends on how you consume heavily abstract writing. After an entire tome about the workings of the mind and what it means to be intelligent, you’d think the author would be more wscher by the end of the book than to say, “indirect self-reference is my favorite topic”.

It is absolutely brilliant and I wanted to show it: If Leonardo da Vinci had been born a female the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel might never have been painted. This idea of a formal system being at the core of a flexible, self-referential informal system leads to the possibility of consciousness in inanimate objects, or artificial intelligence.


Godel, Escher, Bach : Douglas R. Hofstadter :

The above is just a small and extremely partial subset of the many points raised by the author in several eschwr there are even deep insights by the douflas in relation to all sort of related issues, such as a holistic versus a reductionist approach to the study of reality, free will in humans, the theory of meaning, etc. At its heart, this book is about whether you can start with simple parts and from them, build a system which is so complicated that it becomes more than the sum of its parts in a significant sort of way.

He put together a list of books, sold them as a subscription to libraries and away he went.

GEB constructs the argument from the ground up, detailing each concept in turn, building towards a conclusion. GEB uses art and music, in combination with math and computing, to illustrate these self-referential loops. You can’t just differ with the masses in not hating mathematics. But make no mistake: The other view says that the structure of DNA is powerful implicitly. Godel shows us that I paraphrase drastically that all logical systems allow statements about natural numbers that are true but hdel within the system.

Published by Basic Books first published Oct ohfstadter, Forrest rated it it was amazing.

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

This idea is also compared to theorems and nontheorems, or provability and nonprovability, nonprovability being key to the Strange Loops that is at the core of this book. In a page tome, not so much. Jan 24, Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing. The same thing happens with slight modifications and at a different level. The first one is cursive, in which the ground is only a by product or negative space of the figure, and is of less importance than the figure. Even how information storage in the brain points out the sheer difficulty of emulating human intelligence.

In a dialogue between Achilles and the Tortoise, the author hints that there is a contrapunctal acrostic in the chapter that refers both to the author Hofstadter and Bach. The payoff is there, but the work cannot be avoided. He excels at getting the reader interested in – and even excited about – some traditionally inaccessible stuff.


Linking together the music of J.

The reverse is also true. Overall, this approach is very good at getting you to understand the complicated ideas Hofstadter is getting at.

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

A passage’s perceived irrelevance, then, is in the eye of the beholder so to douglaas —certain connections that make sense to one reader might very well appear as completely random tangents to another. This was illustrated visually with M. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Our brains function via overlapping and tangled symbols such that each neuron could be identified with the whole of the brain instead of having information stored locally. Don’t get me wrong its math, there is no getting around it.

The title is a little misleading – this book is not at all about how when you get right down to it, Kurt Godel, M. There are almost certainly parts you’ll have to reread several times, but it’s not dissimilar from any other logic-dense academic writing. Want to Read saving…. Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Douglas Hofstadter gddel and links the various themes associated with the characters in the title and some others in fascinating and imaginative ways.

Just one small point: We regularly see patterns in our daily lives.