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 1062nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 387

Since this book was first published in 1979, there is a penalty of 8.0%. The age adjusted score is 356.04.

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