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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Community Reviews back

by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
(Original Review, 1980-09-24)Before we ask "Are dolphins intelligent?" we must ask "What is intelligence?" Doug Hofstadter, in his book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid", presents a way of looking at intelligence that is not as restrictive as most current definitions. (I highly recomme...
Edward
Edward rated it 5 years ago
Preface to GEB's Twentieth-anniversary EditionOverviewList of IllustrationsWords of Thanks--Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidNotesBibliographyCreditsIndex
Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves
Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves rated it 7 years ago
If I were clever enough, I would write this review as a fugue. This is the formal structure that Hofstadter uses throughoutGödel, Escher, Bach. Whether the whole book is a fugue, I'm not smart enough to tell. But the fugue is used as a metaphor for layers of brain activity, thoughts, superimposed ov...
ybrikman
ybrikman rated it 7 years ago
This is a book of brilliant insights separated by hundreds of pages of tangents. It touches on a ridiculous number of topics: number theory, music theory, fugues, art, physics, linguistics, literature, cognition, calculus, logic, programming, recursion, molecular biology, Zen, and much more. Many of...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it 9 years ago
I read this so long ago that I really think I need to re-read it.
Barrita
Barrita rated it 9 years ago
Una lectura laberíntica, pero intrigante.Me la recomendó una profesora de Psicología del Arte, pero bien me la pudo recomendar cualquier profesor que haya tenido en la vida y habría encontrado como relacionarlo a su tema, estoy segura.Lo que si es que me deja con esa desagradable sensación de que qu...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it 10 years ago
I've been keeping this bedside and reading devotionally, like some people read the Bible, and "The Basic Laws of Arithmetic" hit me like a bunch of begats. Thought about skimming and skipping ahead, but no matter how far I flipped it felt like being stuck in the Pentateuch, in Leviticus, or Numbers!...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it 10 years ago
I've been keeping this bedside and reading devotionally, like some people read the Bible, and "The Basic Laws of Arithmetic" hit me like a bunch of begats. Thought about skimming and skipping ahead, but no matter how far I flipped it felt like being stuck in the Pentateuch, in Leviticus, or Numbers!...
The Review Man
The Review Man rated it 11 years ago
Sure, it's an interesting book, but Escher is infinitely less cool than Gödel and Bach.
A little tea, a little chat
A little tea, a little chat rated it 11 years ago
from Randall Munroe. Mouseover says: 'This is the reference implementation of the self-referential joke.'------------------------I know, I know, I know. I'm just kidding myself. I'm as likely to read this as a book on string theory. (Please don't. Please don't tell me I have read a book on string th...
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