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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Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. An Eternal Golden Braid. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all hofstadterr 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.
Godel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: The Best Books of Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Review quote “Godel, Escher, Bach was a triumphantly successful presentation of quite difficult concepts for a popular audience. There has been ohfstadter like it in computer science before or since.
It has a youthful vitality and a wonderful brilliance, and I think that it may become something of a classic. Hofsttadter, for my next visit to a desert island, give me sun, sand, water and GEB, and Hofstadetr live happily ever after. 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.
Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid
This is esher a work. Our customer reviews Godel, Escher, Bach is easily my favourite book, and has been for the thirty-odd years since I first read it.
Douglas Hofstadter combines and links the various themes associated with the characters in the title and some others in fascinating and imaginative ways. He explores similarities between Art, Philosophy and Science and relates these to the nature of intelligence, and the possibilities of artificial intelligence. It helps if you have some basic understanding of formal logic and an affinity with structures such as recursion, fugues and self-reference.
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But Gddel doubt if any of this is necessary. There are sections that look a little dated now, after so much advance in genetics and computing in particular. However, I don’t think this detracts much, if anything, from this thoroughly thought-provoking read. Although there is a gradual building of concepts through the book, its structure is almost fugal with sections on competing themes alternating and sometimes combining in original and amusing ways.
Having read it once, I found that I could dip in to re-read sections for pleasure, each time noticing new details. There are so many interesting insights and so much variety that I am never bored. If I had to chose my desert island book, this would certainly be it.
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