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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Escherand composer Johann Sebastian Bachthe book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematicssymmetryand intelligence.

Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how, through self-reference and formal rules, systems can acquire meaning despite being made of “meaningless” elements. It also discusses what it means to communicate, how knowledge can be represented and stored, the methods and limitations of symbolic representation, and even the fundamental notion of “meaning” itself.

One point in the book presents an analogy about how individual neurons in the brain coordinate to create a unified sense of a coherent mind by comparing it to the social organization displayed in a colony of ants. The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll ” was used by the publisher to describe the book. The main chapters alternate with dialogues between imaginary characters, usually Achilles and the tortoisefirst used by Zeno of Elea and later by Lewis Carroll in ” What the Tortoise Said to Achilles “.

These origins are related in the first two dialogues, and later ones introduce new characters such as the Crab.

These narratives frequently dip into self-reference and metafiction. Word play also features prominently in the work. One dialogue contains a story about a genie from the Arabic ” Djinn ” and various “tonics” of both the liquid and musical varietieswhich is titled ” Djinn and Tonic “.

One dialogue in the book is written in the form of hofsatdter crab canonin which every line before the midpoint corresponds to an identical gpdel past the midpoint. The conversation still makes sense due to uses of common phrases that can be used as either greetings or farewells “Good day” and the positioning of lines that double as an answer to a question in the next line. Another is a sloth canon, where one character repeats the lines of another, but slower and negated.


The book contains many instances of recursion and self-referencewhere objects and ideas speak about or refer back to themselves. One is Quininga term Hofstadter invented in homage to Willard Van Orman Quinereferring to programs that only produce their own source code.

Another is the presence of a fictional author in the index, Egbert B. Gebstadtera man with initials E, G, and B and a surname that partially matches Hofstadter.

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To describe such self-referencing objects, Hofstadter coins the term ” strange loop “—a concept he examines in more depth in his follow-up book I Am a Strange Loop. To escape many of the logical contradictions brought about by these self-referencing objects, Hofstadter discusses Zen koans. He attempts to show readers how to perceive reality outside their own experience and embrace such paradoxical questions by rejecting the premise—a strategy also called “unasking”.

Subsequent sections discuss the basic tenets of logic, self-referring statements, “typeless” systems, and even programming. Hofstadter further creates BlooP and FlooPtwo simple todel languagesto illustrate his point.

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The book is filled with puzzles, such as Hofstadter’s MU puzzle. For example, the chapter titled Contracrostipunctus combines the words acrostic and contrapunctus counterpoint. In a dialogue between Achilles and the Tortoise, the author hints that there is a contrapunctal acrostic in the chapter that refers both to the author Hofstadter and Diuglas.

This can be found by taking the first word of each paragraph, to reveal: The second acrostic is found by taking the first letters of the first in bold and reading them backwards to get “J. Bach” just as the first acrostic claims.

For Summerthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology created an online course for high school students built around the book. In its February 19, investigative summary hofstadteg the anthrax attacksthe Federal Bureau of Investigation suggested that Bruce Edwards Ivins was inspired by the book to hide secret codes based upon nucleotide sequences in the anthrax -laced letters he allegedly sent in September and October[8] using bold letters, as suggested on page of the book.


Hofstadter claims the idea of translating his book “never gorel [his] mind” when he was writing it—but when his publisher brought it up, he was “very excited about seeing [the] book in other languages, especially… French. Hofstadter gives an example of translation trouble in the paragraph “Mr. Tortoise, Meet Madame Tortue”, saying translators “instantly ran headlong into the conflict between the feminine gender of the French noun tortue and the masculinity of my character, the Tortoise.

Translation also gave Hofstadter a way to add new meaning and puns. Some material regarding this interplay is in Hofstadter’s later book, Le Ton beau de Marotwhich is mainly about eschet.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. From tothe National Book Award history gave separate awards to hardcover and paperback books in many categories, including several nonfiction subcategories.

Most paperback award-winners were reprints of earlier works; the Science was eligible for both awards as a new book. The Atlantic Media Company. Retrieved 25 October United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original PDF on Bantam Bookspg Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction — Wilson The Prize: Complete list — — — Colonade of St Peter’s Nocturnal Rome: Santa Maria del Popolo Nocturnal Rome: Trajan’s Column Nocturnal Rome: Basilica of Constantine Nocturnal Rome: Castel Sant’ Angelo Nocturnal Rome: Metamorphosis II Bookplate Dr.

Wertheim Tetrahedral Planetoide Fish No. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cover of the first edition. I Am a Strange Loop.