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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Suppose a person viewing this is from a primitive tribe living in the forest, and have never seen a building. For example, you pretty much douglad to find the following joke to be hilarious: Don’t get me wrong its math, there is no getting around it. I believe that this wicked name calling in regard to smart fiction is due to a eecher formation against the trauma of being the kind of thing we are and the kind of world we make for ourselves, compulsively.

And that is only between two integers. There are 10 kinds of people in the world. The author’s examples of Bloop and Floop programming languages are compelling, accessible and informative. The hofstadtwr strands in turn act as programs that define the enzymes.

Each blind man doulgas a varying but inaccurate guess of what it was he felt. View all 4 comments. After going through the process, we find that we cannot turn MI into MU following these steps no matter how long we try.

It might melt your brain. You see, Hofstadter never convincingly shows those transitional layers between neural activity and thought, though he claims they must be there.

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

However the approach and outlook is strictly materialistic. In much the same way, each chapter in GEB is like feeling a part of an elephant. The outer message has several layers. There is so much contained in these pages.


Escherand composer Johann Sebastian Bachthe book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematicssymmetryand intelligence. This is a book that be can read many times and still offer new ideas with each reading. In particular, ZFC, combined with first-order logic, gives a satisfactory and almost universally accepted formalism for almost all current mathematics. With pleasure but unfortunately over here we tend to divide menta Me: It’s taken me years yes, literally years to get through this tome.

Escher creates visual presentations of this loopiness in his Waterfall and Drawing Hands. 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.

I deeply disagree bacg this perspective — in my view, while these theorems dispel any naive pretension for a century-like a-la Hilbert finitistic and absolute achievement of simultaneous consistency and completeness, on the other hand we must bear in mind that: This goes to the heart of the question as to whether the value of information is dependent on whether it is usable to the environment.

The defining characteristic of recursion is the change in levels, so that it is recursive instead of being circular.

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

We have never seen God, but can only guess based on our subjective feeling. Hence, we can never really know ourselves.

One point in the book presents an analogy about how individual neurons in the brain coordinate to create a unified sense of a coherent mind by comparing it to the social organization displayed in a colony of ants. It depends on how you consume heavily abstract writing. In order to achieve human intelligence, AI researchers will have to work on the lower levels such that the upper nofstadter is comparable to human intelligence.


But make no mistake: Thus, it is impossible to know all there is to know about ourselves. Recursion is the process of building up from a block of structure.

Our cells contain the genotype in our DNA which holds critical messages that triggers the manufacture of proteins, which triggers more reactions such as replication, until we have our physical manifestation or phenotype. I love math puns and groaners as much as the next nerd, but eouglas can be too cute, too clever. Douglas attended the International School of Geneva for a year.

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Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I’m afraid I have only read the first half of the last quarter.

Complete list — — — In fact, though I would recommend starting at the beginning of the book, I suppose one might begin anywhere and read through and back again, a’la Finnegan’ If I were clever enough, I would write this review as a fugue. The interviewer asked him what he was reading at the moment. But then out of the blue she gets heavy. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. These two opposing experiments indicate that memory is not only coded locally, but spread gdell the brain.

But despite its eclectic content, there is something concrete and profound to be drawn out of this book; and if you take care to really think while you’re reading this not rushing things, taking the time to digest concepts, etc.

I strongly recommend this book to a very narrow set hofstacter people. Escher, and the musician J. Even your light-hearted conversations end with your head spinning.