Gödel, Escher, Bach

Gödel, Escher, Bach

An Eternal Golden Braid

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll
Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. G#65533;del, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 1999
Edition: 20th anniversary ed. with a new pref.
ISBN: 9780465026562
0465026567
Call Number: 510.1 H678g 1999
Characteristics: 23, xxi, 777 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Of course, it's not all fiction and poetry... Hofstader's nimble and fascinating book will expand your thinking on cognition and thought in a thrice. The trilogy Memories of Fire by Eduardo Galeano will do the same for your thinking on Latin American history, while Vera Brittain's memoir Testamen... Read More »

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Douglas Hofstadter's book focuses on the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems.


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kyky69
Dec 22, 2015

NECESSARY reading for anyone interested in symmetry amongst subjects -- math, philosophy, physics, music

shows the aesthetic beauty & symmetry in all things, it's quite amazingly profound as well.

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maroon_chicken
Nov 01, 2015

This book was great!! It links together the mathematics of Kurt Gödel, the art of M. C. Escher, and the music of J S Bach in an "Eternal golden braid," following themes of formal logic, self-reference, and paradox in math, art, and music. It has a lot of information on computers and artificial intelligence, which is interesting, although it happens to be 36 years old.
I would say Godel Escher Bach is the #2 wisest book I have read (second only to Winnie the Pooh), and I would recommend it to anyone with a love of math and art who is ready for a very large and fairly difficult book.

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CamRowe
Apr 13, 2015

A pithy, and for me, challenging read that's well worth the time. If you like patterns, puzzles, and perplexity this book may be for you.

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library_babe
Oct 26, 2010

An esoteric and lovely meditation on human thought, creativity and the meaning of self. Love the way this book combines art, music, math, and cognitive science told through clever and witty language.

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