Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

The book explores concepts of formal systems, recursion, self-reference, and infinity through the interdisciplinary lens of mathematics, art, and music. The narrative intertwines biographical sketches of the titular figures - a mathematician, an artist, and a composer - with dialogues and discussions to illustrate complex ideas. The author uses these figures as metaphors to delve into the nature of human cognition and consciousness, suggesting that our minds are essentially self-referential systems akin to the works of Gödel, Escher, and Bach.

The 1057th greatest book of all time


Published
1979
Nationality
American
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
around 800
Words
193,000
Original Language
English

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