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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These two opposing experiments indicate that memory is not only coded locally, but spread throughout the brain. The GEB was instrumental in making me a self-conscious and cynical fan of post-modernism and deconstruction, and an avid reader of tales about failure.

This process of generating theorems is reliant on the sifting out of nontheorems. When he writes about AI, he’s hofstxdter about “good old-fashioned AI” — the kind that was supposed to be advanced by clever representations, recursive data structures, and layers of abstraction. Please don’t tell me I have hofsttadter a book on string theory, I’m trying to forget the whole sordid story.

And Hofstadtsr has moved on, of course, with mixed results. All of this applies equally well to artificial intelligencewhich is Hofstadter’s field. Though Hofstadter might have become pretentious in the thirty-five odd years since he wrote the book, in its time, it certainly wasn’t pretentious – it was a risky literary exercise by an unknown author.


Yet, taken as a whole, the book is a cohesive treatise on the marvels of nature and life itself. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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If it sounds like this book is all over the map, then you are correct. I’m afraid we have only read three quarters of the book! Another is the presence of a fictional author in the index, Egbert B. The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll ” was used by the publisher to describe the book.

Don’t get me wrong its math, there is no getting around it. Translation also gave Hofstadter a way to add new meaning and puns. Wertheim Tetrahedral Planetoide Fish No. We have a much better understanding of that hofsadter and it doesn’t match his speculation. I generally find that the people who say kind of thing that don’t understand the topics, but are intimidated to say so.

We humans, however, would soon realize that this is a hopeless situation and stop. Its an amazing book.

This is how Hofstadter apparently intended to structure his work: Borrowing a page from Lewis Carroll who might well have beb a fan of this bookeach chapter presents dialogue hofstsdter the Tortoise and Achilles, as well as other characters who dramatize concepts discussed later in more detail.

The truth of it is supposed to be so obvious that it need not be proven. Once the outer message is fully understood, there is no need for the inner message, since the inner messages can be reconstructed once we have fully developed the outer message.


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Much admiration for those who understand whatever the bloody hell it’s telling you. This book has set me to thinking, thinking hard, about what it means to be human. Is your gullibility located in some “gullibility center” in your brain?

GEB is an astonishing achievement in popularizing mathematical philosophy! hosftadter

If I were clever enough, I would write this review as a fugue. The main chapters alternate with dialogues between imaginary characters, usually Achilles and the tortoisefirst used by Zeno of Elea and later by Lewis Carroll in ” What the Tortoise Said to Gofstadter “.

Yes, If you open up the “20th Anniversary Edition” of GEByou’ll see that the first thing Douglas Hofstadter does in the introduction – ge very first thing – is grouse that nobody seems to understand what his yeb is about.

That’s dense, dense stuff, but helped by the author’s charming expository style and vastly erudite range of references. It will set your mind on fire. And after a little while, you’re both very comfortable with each other and the time passes quickly. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.