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Gödel, Escher, Bach

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Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (commonly GEB) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Hofstadter, described by the author as "a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll." On its surface, GEB examines logician Kurt Godel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, discussing common themes in their work and lives. ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Alphascript Publishing (first published December 2010)
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May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite book. Geek alert! It is the second time that I have read it. My first was 20 years ago and it still is the best ever. First thing is that I can not believe that anyone could conceive of these ideas and still win the Pulitzer prize for it. Who would read this attempt at tying Bach, Escher and Godel together through the idea of infinite recursion and how it relates to the real world. How does it relate? Thought you'd never ask. First look at life itself. How does DNA h ...more
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fake-book
This "book", and every other single "book" done by VDM Verlag (owner of the Alphascript imprint) and these hack editors at VDM/Alphascript are clowns who should not be allowed anywhere near a computer. This "book", and every single other "book" done by these hacks are literally nothing but copied and pasted Wikipedia articles.

Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
Impossibly pretentious
Ro Laberee
Dec 20, 2012 added it
Recommended to Ro by: 80
A life changing book but not for the short attention span audience! I did not give it a star rating because, frankly, I'm not smart enough to judge this intimidating tome. My head spun. I learned some but failed to grasp more than I'd like to admit.
Matthew Kading
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time top 10...amazing mind-bending trip into a world where music, quantum physics, mathematics, intelligence, symmetry and the art of MC Escher are fused...along with a healthy dose of modern era philosophy and sociology.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Don't understand it thoroughly. Brilliant anyway, the ideas I did understand were enough to change the way I think about some things
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
I've read some of this. Fascinating. I think it would really open my mind in a good way to read more of it.
Michael Maksymetz
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read this back in Grad school, I want to read it again
Manuel Genoves
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitivamente, uno de los libros más estimulantes que he leido en mi vida...
Es sencillamente una obra maestra, para aquellos a los que no les de miedo pensar
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Amazing book, well written...perhaps there will be more to this review later?
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