Gödel Escher Bach

Anyone else a fan of the book? Reading it now and loving the exploration of recursion and computational strangeness.

No I am not, the people are familiar. Please write a little about it, what is the premise? What do you like about it?

Here’s WIKI’s take

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, also known as GEB, is a 1979 book by Douglas Hofstadter. By exploring common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, the book expounds concepts fundamental to mathematics, symmetry, and 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.

In response to confusion over the book’s theme, Hofstadter emphasized that Gödel, Escher, Bach is not about the relationships of mathematics, art, and music—but rather about how cognition emerges from hidden neurological mechanisms. 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.[1][2]

The tagline “a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll” was used by the publisher to describe the book.[3]

I mean as in, no I am not familiar with the book.

<p style=“padding-left: 40px;”>I read it in college because I went to Indiana, where he had taught. I’m not sure if it was me or if he did not accomplish his goal. Either way, I didn’t quite get it.</p>