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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Possibilities of AI The discussions in the book on levels and hierarchy of systems and hoffstadter lays out the fact that at the lowest level is a simple formal system which leads to the highest level, our informal system, the brain. The Letter Spirit project, implemented by Gary McGraw and John Rehling, aims to model the act of artistic creativity by designing stylistically uniform hotstadter typefaces limited to a grid.

Still, the threads and nuggets of gold that are spread throughout make it worth the time spent in the dark mines of incomprehension, if only to find that one fist-sized chunk of precious metal and appreciate its beauty set against the background of your own ignorance.

But the writer cannot bring an imagined character out of the book into real life. Both are worth reading, if dense as all hell, and both gave me some really delightful epiphanies. From a pedagogical point of view, this is really excellent: The book meanders, taking its time, through a myriad of topics, from music theory to painting to artificial intelligence.


What high school did you go to? If you hofstqdter books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. The Dreaming in Aboriginal art adds a further dimension to interpretation of geometric shapes.

We, as a self-referential system, can talk about ourselves, but cannot jump out of ourselves.

Until one night you realize that even if she was getting into deep and heavy subjects that it was YOU who was afraid; she’d asked nothing of you but to listen. 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.

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I won’t tell anyone. Yes, still worth it. I’m definitely going to be the only one who uses a Legally Blonde gif.

The dialogues between the characters that accompany each chapter and humorous but educational. A year or so back, I mentioned my admiration to a friend, who had a copy but hadn’t yet read it. An example of this is when an writer finds inspiration from real life and brings it into the writing.

Is your gullibility located in some “gullibility center” in your brain? You should take a look at it. I wonder what I think about this book! You can’t just differ with the masses in not hating mathematics I could not with a clear conscience recommend this book to everyone, because I’m simply not that cruel. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The idea that a book offering such deep technical engagement could achieve popular exposure in today’s world, borders on the unthinkable.


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.

This seems to be saying that the most important part of the messaging process is the recognition or consciousness part. Fictionists and novelists deriving their narrative structures from the sciences and philosophy is nothing new.

I read GEB as my subway book, back in during a work stint in Parisduring my daily hofstaeter to work. In much the same way, we build language based on isomorphisms. Much admiration for those who understand whatever the bloody hell it’s telling you. What exactly is this book about?

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

All of your links appear to be broken. View all 15 comments. For example, the chapter titled Contracrostipunctus combines the words acrostic and contrapunctus counterpoint.