Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Penguin, 2000 - Artificial intelligence - 777 pages
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'What is a self, and how can a self come out of inaminate matter?' This is the riddle that drove Hofstadter to write this extraordinary book. Linking together the music of J.S. 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: the nature of human thought processes. 'Every few decades an unknown author brings outa book of such depth, clarity, range, wit, beauty and originality that it is recognized at once as a major literary event. This is such a work' - Martin Gardner

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Great introduction to the recent edition. - Goodreads
Massively overhyped, atrocious writing. - Goodreads
It's a compendium of the most varied sorts. - Goodreads
Simply incredible writing. - Goodreads
Couldn't read it tooooo damn difficult to read - Goodreads
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User Review  - Stefan Novakovic - Goodreads

Fascinating/genius in bursts, but ultimately way too long and meandering. I Am A Strange Loop is a much better read (by the same author and tackles a lot of the same themes). Read full review

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User Review  - Annaleely Leely - Goodreads

In truth, i just read/re-read the dialogue bits between Achilles and the Tortoise. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Douglas Hofstadter is professor of computer science and cognitive science at Indiana University. GODEL, ESCHER, BACH won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

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