Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
    Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Paperback, Douglas R Hofstadter)

    Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid  (Paperback, Douglas R Hofstadter)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    • ISBN: 9780140289206, 0140289208
    • Edition: 2000
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    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid explores how thought processes are initiated by presenting evidence from the works of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, logician Kurt Godel, and artist Escher.

    Summary Of The book

    The book addresses three different theories of perception. Hofstadter takes Godel’s string of symbols, Escher’s drawings that connect verbal and mathematical paradoxes, and Bach’s canons and fugues.

    In addition, there are different themes that are dealt with in an interwoven manner in Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. The main chapters are carried as a dialogue between two imaginary characters, a tortoise and Achilles. More characters such as a crab are introduced as the book progresses.

    There are a number of interesting wordplays and puns that the author uses in the book. The word ‘magnificrab’ is connected with Bach’s ‘Magnificat’. The Typographical Number Theory is likened to TNT as it explodes upon self-revelation. There is also a dialogue that tells us the story of a genie and various tonics, and is suitably titled as ‘Djinn and tonic’. A dialogue in the book resembles a crab canon.

    There are also many instances of self-reference which Hofstadter terms as strange loop. Using Zen Koans, Hofstadter also teaches people to understand reality outside their personal experiences. Call Stacks is another aspect discussed in the book. He explains this by making Achilles and the tortoise enter and leave many layers of reality. Other chapters deal with self-referring statements, logic, systems and programming. There are also many puzzles in the book.

    Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the non-fiction category. The National Book Award for Science was also bagged by the book. In 2007, Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed their online course for high schools based on the book.

    About Douglas R. Hofstadter

    Douglas R. Hofstadter is an American research professor.

    Eugene Onegin: A Novel Versification, I Am a Strange Loop, The Discovery of Dawn, and That Mad Ache are some of the other books written by Hofstadter.

    His father, Robert Hofstadter, was a Nobel prize winning physicist. He was brought up on the premises of Stanford University and later studied there and got his Ph.D in Physics. Hofstadter married Carol Ann Brush in 1985 and lived with her till her death in 1993. The couple have two children. He got married to Baofen Lin in 2012.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2000
    • Author
      • Douglas R Hofstadter
    • Width
      • 1.61 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 9.21 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 1.53 inch
    • Weight
      • 1208.0 Grams
    69 Ratings
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    Dematerialised LSD

    This is a trip. It took me eight months to finish the book. And all through that time, as Dylan said, my toes were too "numb to step". I kind of glided my way around. (I think).

    At some point in our childhood we first ask the question about our origins and we are told about the stork. When what we really wanted to know was about the whole sheebang!

    This is a massive effort to approximate an answer. The book's made up of life altering stuff. Beware!

    Zaki Ansari

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    3 May, 2012

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    A Recursively Harmonious Journey

    The book delves deep into Music, Art, Maths, Literature, Programming, Artificial Intelligence , Zen and Philosophy . What results is a mind blowing realization of the intelligent structure in everything.

    The book will change your perception. A must read.

    Robinson Lobo

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    3 Jul, 2013

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    Excellent book

    It is an excellent book. It is a must read for every Computer Science student. Any person who is interested in Maths, Arts or Music will surely appreciate the book. The book is not for casual reading. You need to get thoroughly immersed in the book to fully understand everything.
    The delivery and packaging done by Flipkart was excellent, as always.


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    30 Jul, 2012

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    One word: Profound

    The ideas discussed are inspiring. This book can change your perspective of the world. Complex concepts of Theoretical Computer Science have been introduced with exemplary grace and subtlety with the use of analogies to music and art.The writing structure is wonderful. Reading this will take more than an average book as there are a number of puzzles to solve and questions to ponder. This isn't for light reading, unless you have a good CS background, in which case you'll have some idea about t...

    KK Sijariya

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    23 Nov, 2013

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    Great Work by the Hofstadter

    This book is worth all the time one can spend on it.Though I have read only the first half till now,I am supremely impressed by the arguments and the intriguing nature of the work.It requires elementary knowledge of discrete mathematics and its NOT for casual reading.Logicians,philosophers,programmers will enjoy it.As you read you will walk through the gardens of metaphysics,

    Ramkumar Shukla

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    21 May, 2013

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    Amazing Book

    Book is just as described. Delivery took some time but then it was already mentioned on the product page. Book is a very interesting read and yeah, its gonna take good long time to finish it. Every chapter is more of an intellectual fun experience.

    Poornima Chauhan

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    7 Oct, 2015


    Quirky but lengthy!

    I'd bought this tome with an intention to introduce myself to Godel's proofs,.. but Hofstadter's excessive pedagogy, albeit truly inspiring and I guess worth also imitating, got into my way of quickly getting through the material I wanted to 'cover'. It was lengthy because I set out with a goal which wasn't even near the author's motivation - so a bad choice. I'd read somewhere that GEB was a good introduction to Godel's proofs; didn't work for me. I found Torkel Franzen's work and the origin...

    Akshay Puradkar

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    22 Sep, 2015


    Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid

    Godel Escher Bach is one of the masterpieces of Douglas Hofstadter .In this epic work he has woven a beautiful novel revolving around the beautifully analogous lives of the eminent Logician : Godel, artist M.C. Escher and the legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach . It technically is not such a "technical" novel , rather highlighting the conspicuously similar aspects of the underlying feature in all of their lives .

    It presents a cognitive perspective whereby it discusses what it means to...

    Abhilash Kumar

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    4 Nov, 2014


    Mathematical Treasure!

    Godel was a mathematician, Escher an artist, and Bach a musician. True to its name, Godel Escher Bach (often referred to as GEB) is a work in mathematics, art and music.

    Douglas Hofstadter does a brilliant job of expressing deep and fundamental concepts in mathematics through various interpretations in Bach's canons and fugues, and Escher's paradoxical paintings. The book alternates between monologues by the author, and dialogues between the two ‘protagonists’ - taken right from Lewis Carro...

    Chirag Gupta

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    4 Nov, 2014


    A noteworthy mixture of logic, mathematics, psychology and philosophy

    This book came into my notice when I searched for some popular reads related to the field of computer science. The name of Godel in the title itself raised my interest and, since, most of the reviews boasted about its remarkable structure, I finally read this book. First of all, the most popular fact related to this book, which even the author supports, is that very few get the true crux of this book. It really delves deep into the philosophical and psychological concepts of the brain present...

    Aditya Modi

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    3 Nov, 2014

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