Monday, October 18, 2010

Godel Escher Bach: Craziness for life?

Just finished reading Godel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. It is a classic book which won Pulitzer Award.

The essence of the book is how meaning can arise from meaningless symbols that creates a system with meaning. Not only is this explored in Eastern Philosophy but has been a constant topic of meditation and discussion.

Hofstadter uses the following tools for thinking:
  • Isomorphism - Brain and Universe!
  • Recursion - Factorial of a number.
  • Paradox - All Indian are liars! (I am an Indian)
  • Infinity - Cantor's different type of infinities and continuum hypothesis.
  • Formal System - Principia Mathematica
I am not going to give anymore details about the book but let you explore it.
Below are the links for more resources that will help understanding GEB and will take you to a journey that will make you a little more crazy that what you are.
Further reading: