So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym, “GEB” — really all about? That question has hounded me . Part I: GEB. Introduction: A Musico-Logical Offering. The book opens with the story of Bach’s Musical. Offering. Bach made an impromptu visit to King Frederick . consciousness and unified theories? Get ready to chase me down a rabbit hole into Douglas Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach.

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This book has set me to thinking, thinking hard, about what it means to be human.

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

If you are slapping your knee right now, then you might like this book. And yes that’s a terrible and cloying analogy that takes it way too far. He put together a list of books, sold them as a subscription to libraries and hofstzdter he went. I would also suggest “Advent of an Algorithm” more of a history of mathematics including Godel. I think every student had read it by the end of that year.

I predict a revolution in our understanding of consciousness will not come from a philosopher, or a neuro-scientist or a psychologist but from a computer-scientist who once read GEB It took about 3 weeks of solid reading wake up, read, pause and think and clear my mind, do other stuff, go back to reading, sleep, repeat to get through it. The recognition of an isomorphism leads to more isomorphisms, such as in the development of language.

That is, its r. The dialogues between the characters hofstadtwr accompany each chapter and humorous but hosftadter. Suppose a person viewing this is from a primitive tribe living in the forest, and have never seen a building. 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.


It sounds about as possible as eating your own head, but it really works GEB gives a detailed account of how enzymes work on the strands, with typographical manipulations creating new strands.

Its truth can only be proven by arguing according to a set of rules called “logic. View all 37 comments.

It’s more textbooky, but still short, and it will let you see how some of the same themes played out in geometry as well as arithmetic. If you really like math, then this is going to be one of the best books you’ve ever read. 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.

I’m as likely to read this as a book on string theory. Brian I think it’s fun. This is perhaps the criticism that’s most commonly leveled against the book: After going through the process, we find that we cannot turn MI into MU following these steps no matter how long we try.

The author appears to be highlighting that the structural reason behind the incompleteness theorems is the capability of a sufficiently powerful system to attain self-reference. But he presents the material in so many various forms. The Atlantic Media Company. And then long strands of proofs in, yes you guessed it, mathematical formulas and the like as the bulk of the work.

View all hofatadter comments. That only made me more disgusted with the book, since it turns out that the book is riddled with historical errors where Hofstadter just made things up or ignored actual evidence in favor of making his points. It’s quite impenetrable, but if you can hang in there, you can learn a lot about a lot of seemingly unrelated things. But if you read this review and you get the feeling you probably won’t like this book, you’re probably right.


Jul 02, GoldGato rated it liked it Feb ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Though, I would say people outside tech community might find it less entertaining just my opinion. GEB gives further details on the complex process of chemicals and codes, but this is the basic idea. I’m gdb starting it and it has entranced me quite a bit It involves trying to think about how you think and formalize it, which rarely happens in modern AI. Most of us who are familiar with building structures expect some sort of an organization with stairs, gravity, and other physical laws.

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If you are familiar with building structures, you would start off identifying the lower or established isomorphisms, the staircases, the people, etc. This book was very disappointing, especially after recieving so much hype. In conclusion, the Zen master exclaimed that we are all like blind men.

Sections on recursion and the graphs of certain functions from physics look tantalizing, like the fractals of recent chaos theory. I can only warmly invite the reader to take the time to enjoy this book – a GR friend of mine stated that this is one of the very few books that he did read twice, and I perfectly understand why. Hofstadter’s theory of minds—with an intuitive and general dimension.

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