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. Douglas Hofstadter Excerpts from Hofstadter’s Books. On what GEB is really all about (from Gödel, Escher, Bach: 20th Anniversary Ed.) So what is this book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid — usually known by its acronym.
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It is said to be self-evident. How many of those integer guys are running around again? The book had everything you could ask for: For example, you pretty much have to find the following joke hpfstadter be hilarious: Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
In fact, Hofstadter spells it out quite clearly for us, describing one of the “main theses” of the book as follows: Mar 28, Khashayar Mohammadi added it Shelves: At the University of Michigan and Indiana University, he co-authored, with Melanie Mitchell, a computational model of “high-level perception” — Copycat — and several other models of analogy-making and eschet. He explores similarities between Art, Philosophy and Science and relates these to the nature of intelligence, and the possibilities of artificial intelligence.
However, the point is that every part of the book—every obscure analogy, every puzzling metaphor—makes sense, in a certain sense. May 13, Barbara rated it did not like it Shelves: If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid
Bach – The Musical Offering: View all 9 comments. The chapter Figure and Ground starts with a set of rules for typographical operations which were used in the MU-puzzle and the pq-system, which is the mechanical process of the Turing machine, the parent of what we now know as computer intelligence.
What is also peculiar with this book is that, while the author does not manage to provide very convincing support to his overall thesis about the ultimate nature of intelligence in self-conscious entities, this does not really matter: So why wasn’t this serious sentence scoffed at?
Casti, Nature “Every few decades an unknown author brings out a book of such depth, clarity, range, wit, beauty and originality that it is recognized at once as a major literary event. Alas, it didn’t work. It might melt your brain.
GEB is an astonishing achievement in popularizing mathematical philosophy! Bach” just as the first acrostic claims. The twisty curlicue line between provable and unprovable for any sufficiently powerful system, there are true statements that cannot be proven using that system is to see the face of God. And I’m fine with that. The second acrostic is found by taking the first letters of the first in bold and reading them backwards to get “J.
A crab canon, as our musi The reading of a book and its interpretation are determined in part by the cytoplasmic soup in which it is taken up.
In conclusion, the Zen master exclaimed that we are all like blind men.
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He points out that those inside an internally consistent system can never fully understand the forces outside the system. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. I could not with a clear conscience recommend this book to everyone, because I’m simply not that cruel.
Thus your mind is blown, or at least mine always is This book has set me to thinking, thinking hard, about what it means to be human.
With pleasure but unfortunately over here we tend to divide mental labour between ourselves. I won’t tell anyone. It took this guy over pages to illustrate by analogy his not-particularly novel theory which he sums up finally as follows: Many concepts are elucidated as comedic dialogues between characters borrowed from fellow author and logician Lewis Carroll or others, and there are many fascinating illustrations.
Godel, Escher, Bach : Douglas R. Hofstadter :
Oh I know which book you speak of! After an entire tome about the workings of the mind and what it means to be intelligent, you’d think the author would be more self-aware by the end of the book than to say, “indirect self-reference is my favorite topic”.
An Eternal Golden Braid.
But the book is so much more about the journey than the destination. GEB presents varying ways of explaining about systems and levels that create these self-referential infinite loops. Word play also features prominently in the work.
I think that’s why so many people lose track of what the book is actually about – there really are a ton of fascinating ideas that are all given equal weight. This should be part of a Marines-type training course for readers. It helps if you have some basic understanding of formal logic and an affinity with structures such as recursion, fugues and self-reference.
Oct 18, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it Shelves: Hofstadter Original Review, Before we ask “Are dolphins intelligent? Escher, and the musician J. He has numerous recursive sequences and geometric constructions named after him. The book attempts to put forward the outline of a theory of intelligence, by drawing from an incredibly wide array of disciplines – not just the three mathematics, art and musicwhich are implied by the title — but also logical systems, computer science, genetics there are really too many to list as well as a considerable amount of literary flair.
Retrieved from ” https: Another is a sloth canon, where one character repeats the lines of another, but slower and negated.
You should take a look at it.