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. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Ultimately, he would “prove” hofsttadter right — usually by citing someone else’s work with great derision. Hofstadter says that Godel said something like that. Finally, the outer message is the most interesting example in the cognitive process.

Description ‘What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter? The Best Books of This list is, of course, very far from complete: May 13, Barbara rated it did not like it Shelves: Please don’t tell me I have read a book on string theory, I’m trying to forget the whole sordid story. Go get it now!

All of this applies equally well escherr artificial intelligencewhich is Hofstadter’s field. Enjoy the damn thing. The actual content of this book could fit in under a hundred pages, but Hofstadter feels it necessary to pack on pages upon pages upon pages of barely-relevant filler, much of it apparently just to show off with the fact that he read some classical Greek poetry once.

Colonade of St Peter’s Nocturnal Rome: The reading of a book and its interpretation are determined in baxh by the cytoplasmic soup in which godep is taken up.

I’d love to see his reaction now that so many of his predictions have proven false a topic not touched on in the 20th anniversary intro. This is only a partial view, in my opinion, and this view should also be heavily qualified: Godel, Escher, Bach in English and in translation would have made him many millions.


Much admiration for those who I have always wanted to be brilliant. We regularly see patterns in our daily lives. He graduated with Distinction in Mathematics from Stanford in Those who understand binary, and those who don’t. View all 9 comments.

Metamorphosis II Bookplate Dr. He explores similarities between Art, Philosophy and Science and relates these to the nature of intelligence, and the possibilities of artificial intelligence. There are some works, such as Giorgio De Santilliana’s Hamlet’s Mill or Daniel Schacter’s Searching for Memory that are so vast and all-encompassing that it is difficult to pin down one central thesis.

But I was unprepared for where Hofstadter was going, from calculation to cognition to identity as it relates to strange loops, and emergent behaviors on top of an inviolate level as substrate– Strange LoopTangled Hierarchyand Inviolate Level should all be Ship names in some Iain M.

Many years of operating in the stratosphere of mathematics have made the author perhaps a little too playful in his sense of how many meta-levels a book or argument should contain, but he reiterates the thesis from enough angles that you can skip off the surface of a few pages if you find your brain exploding. However the approach and outlook is strictly materialistic. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes But the magic is in the math.

How can Self be in its own acronym? The defining characteristic of recursion is the change in levels, so that it is recursive instead of being circular. This should be part of a Marines-type training course for readers. We find a painfully obsolete statement by the author that reflects his deep skepticism about the capability of a computer program to ever achieve world-champion-level skills in chess-playing.


The author’s examples of Bloop and Floop programming languages are compelling, accessible and informative. In other words, an averagely intelligent citizen in an educated nation ought to have no great difficulty with this book.

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In a formal system, there are two types of theorems. A set which has itself as a member? The Dreaming in Aboriginal art adds a further dimension gofstadter interpretation of geometric shapes. 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.

Inhe moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was hired as a professor of psychology hfstadter was also appointed to the Walgreen Chair for the Study of Human Understanding. In this vein, it is interesting to read Hofstadter’s justification for including the Incompleteness Theorems in his book: Another is the presence of a fictional author in the index, Egbert B.

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The second acrostic is godle by taking the first letters of the first in bold and reading them backwards to get “J. What he had lost. How much fictional ink has been spent following Freud or feuding with Freud? Like all good teachers, Hofstadter understands that the students who work things out on their own are the best prepared students.