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, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we’ve lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means.

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If you really like math, then this is going to be one of the best books you’ve ever read.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Figure and ground form the basis for the idea of recursive and recursively enumerable or r. Actually, just read Neil Stephenson period, as between his various work he manages to do everything Hofstadter attempts only hofsfadter.

Along the way we are treated to a deluge of ideas. Godel shows us that I paraphrase drastically that all logical systems allow statements about natural numbers that are true but unprovable within the system.

Godel, Escher, Bach : Douglas R. Hofstadter :

This book told me something about intelligence – the smartest thing to do is to avoid this book’s eschrr lengthy babblings of a self-important graduate student who is way too impressed with himself. Every diagram therefore contributes to the total amplitude for the process, and the sum of all diagrams provide the different amplitudes that “determine” the actual nature of the physical scattering event.

It looks initially like a scarily difficult read.

Incorrect book title 3 14 Nov 17, With pleasure but unfortunately over here we tend to divide mental labour between ourselves. I would argue that it does not. Nov 19, Nathan “N.


Our brains function via overlapping and tangled symbols dougpas that each neuron could be identified with the whole of the brain instead of having information stored locally. But the magic is in the math.

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 “.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

And, one last time, it doesn’t matter. The first one is cursive, in which the ground is only a by product or negative space of the figure, and is of less importance than the figure. I strongly recommend this book to a very narrow set of people.

The countless self-help techniques are testaments to that. Aug 19, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: GEB uses art and music, in combination with math and computing, to illustrate these self-referential loops. In a page tome, not so much. How much fictional ink has been spent following Freud or feuding with Freud?

Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid

And of course he’s right, but that’s not the point. The new strands in turn act as programs that define the enzymes.

Their work is just useful in getting deeper down into that idea of interacting layers that produce complexity. Go get it now! The truth of it is supposed to be so obvious that it need not be proven. Or put less delicately, how are you supposed to know whether reading all dense, sprawling pages is worth your while? Somehow, in some difficult-to-pin-down sense, the parameters slipped in this sentence do not violate our sense of ‘possibility’ as much as in the earlier examples.

Basically, he showed that any formal mathematical system is necessarily incomplete in specific ways. Views Read Edit View history. If you asked me what it is all about, I couldn’t tell you, Alfie. To stop endlessly generating strings requires the second type of theorem in which we analyze the system itself.


Few things have allowed me to unwind, concentrate, and harness my mental energy as quic Absolutely beautiful.

If you believe this, you are pretty gullible, and should perhaps consider such an operation. This book is a must read or at least must selectively skim for anyone interested in intelligence.

He has numerous gdeo sequences and geometric constructions named after him. Jul 02, GoldGato rated it liked it Shelves: For example, in language, we start with smaller components such as words and phrases, and build up complex sentences from there.

Besides, Hofstadter gives an implicit warning when quoting Marvin Minsky, who said: However the approach and outlook is strictly materialistic. It depends on how you consume heavily abstract writing. Mar 28, Khashayar Mohammadi added it Shelves: They’re tedious and beat hofxtadter the bush and make what should be one paragraph into several pages. However, the point is that every part of the book—every obscure analogy, every puzzling metaphor—makes sense, in a certain sense. A unique endeavor that, while not always successful in the pursuit of a coherent and convincing elucidation of the author’s theses, represents something of a classic that must be read escuer its enriching, wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, hugely entertaining, wonderfully brilliant, highly creative nature.

It’s taken me years yes, literally years to get douglae this tome. When certain neurons were stimulated, memories and impressions of specific events were recalled. This idea of a formal system being at the core of a flexible, self-referential informal system leads to the possibility of consciousness in inanimate objects, or artificial intelligence.