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. Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Although at the upper level, our consciousness is an unprovable system, at the base level, the neurons are performing logically. The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll ” was used by the publisher to describe the book.
But there are around a hundred billion neurons in a human brain and the structure quickly becomes preposterously complicated – groups of groups of groups of neurons, all acting in interconnected ways to hocstadter conscious thought. Every page creates another link, another loop, another facet for contemplation. As I work my way through this dense book, I am reminded of the Zen tale of 4 blind men and an elephant. For Summerthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology created an online course for high school students built around the book.
Possibilities of AI The discussions in the 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. Hofstadter’s pre-chapter dialogues are no exception to my hatred. Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how, through self-reference and formal rules, systems can acquire meaning despite being made of “meaningless” elements.
Basic Books was keen. The twisty curlicue line between provable and unprovable for any douglws powerful system, there are true statements that cannot be proven using that system is to see the face of God. This is an absolutely phenomenal work.
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Now let me tell you what all of this great information rests in, the framework of mathematics hofstadtet by Godels own theorems and proof. Views Read Edit View history. I will say that I can’t comment on how much of math I actually understood.
FARG models also have duglas overarching philosophy that Bach, the graphic art of Escher and the mathematical theorems of Godel, as well as ideas drawn from logic, biology, psychology, physics and linguistics, Douglas Hofstadter illuminates one of the greatest mysteries of modern science: And as a quick final note: The author’s examples of Bloop and Floop programming languages are compelling, accessible and informative.
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 for its This is quite a remarkable book: Looking for beautiful books? How much fictional ink has been spent following Freud or feuding with Freud? 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.
And I’m fine with that. Oct 11, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m beginning to think that it will never happen. In a short book or a movie, cleverness can be fun and exciting.
Sorry, had hofstaster go there.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
That would have been hofstzdter better braid. Even if none of them will ever actually finish the whole thing. The most complex example of recursion is in the genetic mechanism of DNA, in which the DNA molecules are formed from the smaller building blocks.
Oh well, I’ll take a crack at it anyway. These are the kind of works that you might not understand in your lifetime, the thoughts of a genius transposed directly to paper that, unless you are an equally-gifted person or hofstadtee savant, you cannot hope to fully comprehend.
Less flourish, more focus. Beauty on the higher level is an illogical, unprovable bwch that evolved from the recursive process and chunking of the information from the lower level. Description ‘What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter?
It is hofshadter b If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. This is visually represented in M. In he returned to Bloomington as “College of Arts and Sciences Professor” in both Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and also was appointed Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Psychology, but he states that his involvement with most of these departments is nominal.
May 13, Barbara rated it did not like it Shelves: Now for some of the pros and cons of the book: I need to hear it explained in another way.
If you really like math, then this is going to be one of the best books you’ve ever read.
You can’t just sort of like it. So in order to understand something you’re reading, you depend on individual neurons operating in basically deterministic ways to move signals around your brain, but you also depend on groups of neurons in your vision centers to recognize text, as well as other groups of neurons on other levels to understand that text, and other groups of neurons on other levels to fit that new understanding into the context of the previous sentence, and so on.
For the latter, just do what you were going to do anyway and look it up on Wikipedia.
Godel, Escher, Bach : An Eternal Golden Braid
Hofstadter’s theory of minds—with an intuitive and general dimension. Many years of operating in the stratosphere of mathematics have made the author perhaps a little too playful in his sense of how many meta-levels a book or argument should contain, but esdher reiterates the thesis from enough angles that you can skip off the surface of a few pages if you find your brain exploding.
The Best Books of 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.