From the OPTANO Library

In this section we present books every now and then that we consider worth reading; because they impart knowledge, inspire reflection or simply because they are a fascinating read.

Today: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

What is it about?

Douglas R. Hofstadter’s award-winning book offers a profound theory on the nature of intelligence, mathematics and symmetry. Drawing from the works of mathematician Kurt Gödel, artist M.C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Hofstadt discusses whether „meaningless“ systems can actually gain „meaningful“ context. With dialog between imaginary characters, a lot of word play and puzzles, Hofstadt has produced one of the most extraordinary works of our time.

Why should I read it?

This is an incredibly complex work which explores not just, math, art and music but a huge list of other disciplines from biology and physics to AI and philosophy . That said, it is a deft and thought-provoking book and well worth the time and effort. If you enjoy being challenged mentally, you won’t be sorry you read this unique, quite incredible book.

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