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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I’m definitely going to be the only one who uses a Legally Blonde gif. And all this relates back to how a system can be more than the sum of its parts. It is said to be self-evident. Like all good teachers, Hofstadter understands that the students who work things out on their own are the best prepared students. Complete list — — bofstadter I better ask the Meta-Enlightened!

The actual content of this book could fit in under a hundred pages, but Hofstadter feels it necessary to pack on pages upon pages upon pages of barely-relevant filler, much of it apparently just to show off with the fact that hofztadter read some classical Greek poetry once. One dialogue contains a story about a genie from the Arabic ” Djinn ” and various “tonics” of both the liquid and musical varietieswhich is titled ” Djinn and Tonic “.

On the positive side, the author correctly highlights the critical importance of the fundamental result that there exist recursively enumerable sets which are not recursive in fact this is, in abstract computational theory terms, the very essence of the first Godel’s incompleteness theorem!


When you look at this, do you see a puzzling world that does not follow the physical laws?

I really like how the author highlights the difference between the hofstaddter of axioms and the set of theorems in any formal system, with the former always having a decision procedure, while the latter may have not such a procedure. In a short book or a movie, cleverness can be fun and exciting.

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

Now for some of the pros and cons of the book: Subsequent sections discuss the basic tenets of logic, self-referring statements, “typeless” systems, and even programming. Other more recent eschr are Phaeaco implemented by Harry Foundalis and SeqSee Abhijit Mahabalwhich model high-level perception and analogy-making in the microdomains of Bongard problems and number sequences, respectively.

The book hops between two different formats. We have never seen God, but can only guess based on our subjective feeling. In fact, it bordered on feeling smug and obnoxious more often than not.

The problem is, how do you define human intelligence? Even how information storage in the brain points out the sheer ewcher of emulating human intelligence.

GEB uses art and music, in combination with math and computing, to illustrate these self-referential loops. This book is a must read or at least must selectively skim for anyone interested in intelligence.

Possibilities of AI The discussions in hofstadher book on levels and hierarchy of systems and recursion 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.

This is how Hofstadter apparently intended to structure his work: Whether the whole book is a fugue, I’m not smart enough to tell.

Well, the drawing seems consistent, internally, to the characters in it. Lists with This Book. Paperback20th Anniversary Editionpages. This is visually represented in M. Best not to think about it.


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I thought it was only you up here! A unique endeavor that, while not always successful in the pursuit of a coherent and convincing elucidation eschrr the author’s theses, represents something of a classic that must be read for its enriching, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, hugely entertaining, wonderfully brilliant, highly creative nature.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. And not only can you can prove that that is so, you can even construct examples of such theorems! View all 37 comments. A work worth taking your time over. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes GEB gives further details on the complex process of chemicals and codes, but this is the basic idea. I’m just kidding myself.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

But make no mistake: Hofstadter’s pre-chapter dialogues are no exception to my hatred. There are some works, such as Giorgio De Santilliana’s Hamlet’s Mill or Daniel Schacter’s Searching for Memory that are so vast and all-encompassing that it is difficult to pin down one central thesis. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. But I couldn’t help myself.

And before you know it, you really have come to the end of your journey together. Besides, Hofstadter gives an implicit warning when quoting Marvin Minsky, who said: And so somewhat in the spirit of the douvlas There are 10 kinds of people in the world.