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

The book had everything you could ask for: I better ask the Meta-Enlightened! If you haven’t read it already, then you can’t possibly like math enough to enjoy it. Both are worth reading, if dense as all hell, and both gave me some really delightful epiphanies. View all 8 comments. Alas, it didn’t work. You can’t just sort of like it. Bach – The Musical Offering: Lists with This Book. If you open up the “20th Anniversary Edition” of GEByou’ll see that the first thing Douglas Hofstadter does in the introduction – the very first thing – is grouse that nobody seems to understand what his book is about.

In a page tome, not so much. Sometimes it seems as though each new step towards AI, rather than producing something which everyone agrees is real intelligence, merely reveals what real intelligence is not. That’s why they make British baking shows, for dunces such as I. Provocative, insightful and very enjoyable too. The truth of it is supposed to be so obvious that it need not be proven.

This puzzle contains the string MIU. Like psychology, or self-identity.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

At that point, I just gave up. I partially disagree with the author’s definition of recursion, in particular when he states that a recursive definition always refer to a “simpler” version of itself. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


The longer I think about it, the more astounding it becomes. The book contains many instances of recursion and self-referencewhere objects and ideas speak about or refer back to themselves. If you are going to read this sort of thing as part of something other than a textbook, you’d be better off wading through the last part of Neil Stephenson’s ‘The Diamond Age’ where it detracted from the text as well, but at least was more amusing than this was after the third chapter or so.

A Vision, Vocabulary, and Epistemology. Views Read Edit View history. Can someone please explain the difference between an axiom and a theorem according to Hofstadter?

Is it a difficult book? The takeaway for me was pretty strange looptying back to the nature of decidability. To be fair, it is a very doulgas book, and one that could have turned out very interes Pretentious crap. Again, this is one of the central points of the book.

Thus far, I have attempted to summarize the main thematic elements of the book as succinctly as possible. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. 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.

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, eschet.

You should take a look at it. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. These are the kind of works that you might not douuglas in your lifetime, the thoughts of a genius transposed directly to paper that, unless you are an equally-gifted person or a savant, you cannot hope to fully comprehend. When intelligent machines are constructed, we should not be surprised to find them as confused and as stubborn as men in their convictions about mind-matter, consciousness, free will, and the like.


Santa Maria del Popolo Nocturnal Rome: We have never seen God, but can eecher guess As I work my way through this dense book, I am reminded of the Zen tale of 4 blind men and an elephant. Hofstadter also gives the occasional exercise, leaving the reader without an answer to his question. In fact, Hofstadter is very good at this part. Hofstadter is about as interesting and insightful as a year-old stoner who got a hold of some of his dad’s reference books.

I thought it was only you up here! The same thing happens with slight modifications and at a different bwch. While I can certainly sympathize escer this opinion, I cannot agree with it.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I could not with a clear conscience recommend this book to everyone, because I’m simply not that cruel. It is still valid today, although it did not mention the controversial possibilities of mind uploading mentioned by Marvin Minsky and Ray Kurzweil. Each Feynman diagram is only a graphical abstraction of a single perturbative contribution to the douglaz amplitude of an event.

Some material regarding this interplay is in Hofstadter’s later book, Le Ton beau de Marotwhich is mainly about translation.

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