Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (commonly GEB) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Hofstadter, described as "a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll". On its surface, GEB examines logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, discussing common themes in their work and lives. At a deeper level, the book is a detailed and subtle exposition of concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and intelligence. Through illustration and analysis, the book discusses how self-reference and formal rules allow systems to 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. In response to confusion over the book's theme, Hofstadter has emphasized that GEB is not about mathematics, art, and music but rather about how cognition and thinking emerge from well-hidden neurological mechanisms. In the book, he presents an analogy about how the individual neurons of 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 307th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  2. - Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)

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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Kindle Edition 24588 $3.99 2021
Gödel, Escher, Bach: Les Brins d'une Guirlande Eternelle Paperback 17580016 $44.84 2000
Gödel, Escher, Bach: Ein Endloses Geflochtenes Band Hardcover 5951615 $55.10 2006
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Gödel, Escher, Bach. Ein Endloses Geflochtenes Band. Hardcover 13850472 $51.99 2001
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Paperback 474826 $26.91 $3.49 1989
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Paperback 23618 $25.75 $1.70 1980
Gödel, Escher, Bach: Un Eterno y Gracil Bucle (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4053859 $122.47 2007
Gödel, Escher, Bach (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4246408 $347.20 $220.62 1987
Gödel, Escher, Bach. Un'eterna ghirlanda brillante. Una fuga metaforica su menti e macchine nello spirito di Lewis Carroll Perfect Paperback 6721853 $32.52 1990
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Paperback 3222 $14.99 $6.46 1999
Gödel, Escher, Bach ein Endloses Geflochtenes Band. Paperback 6532305 $159.65 $13.04 1991
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Hardcover 210329 $81.87 $15.90 1979
Gödel, Escher, Bach: Un eterno y grácil bucle (Divulgación) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 1622382 $19.76 $28.43 2015
Gödel, Escher, Bach - Les brins d'une guirlande éternelle: Les brins d'une guirlande éternelle (Hors Collection) (French Edition) Paperback 4663115 $67.03 $44.40 2008