Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Very good, First VIntage Edition/Printing, Soft cover paperback, 777 pps. Clean, no markings and tight. Pages show some age toning. Cover and binding in very good condition, small bump to corners. This is the Pulitzer prize winning book you've always wanted to read-with illustrations and graphs which explain the basic structure of Godel¿s theorem and its underlying concepts ¿ formal proof, logic and metalogic, and self-reference. All this is presented in a form accessible to the lay reader with no cheating or inaccuracy, and with the omission only of the number-theoretic details of Godel¿s proof. ". the basic structure of Godel¿s theorem and its underlying concepts ¿ formal proof, logic and metalogic, and self-reference. All this is presented in a form accessible to the lay reader with no cheating or inaccuracy, and with the omission only of the number-theoretic details of Godel¿s proof. The books is uniformly clear, vivid, memorable, and thought-provoking.
First edition of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original brown cloth. Signed by Douglas Hofstadter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Uncommon signed. Hofstadter's great achievement in Gödel, Escher, Bach was making abstruse mathematical topics (like undecidability, recursion, and 'strange loops') accessible and remarkably entertaining. Borrowing a page from Lewis Carroll (who might well have been a fan of this book), each chapter presents dialogue between the Tortoise and Achilles, as well as other characters who dramatize concepts discussed later in more detail. Allusions to Bach's music (centering on his Musical Offering) and Escher's continually paradoxical artwork are plentiful here. This more approachable material lets the author delve into serious number theory (concentrating on the ramifications of Gödel's Theorem of Incompleteness) while stopping along the way to ponder the work of a host of other mathematicians, artists, and thinkers.
This popularization of math, logic and self reference is really entertaining to read. I don't know if I have learned anything, but mostly I appreciate the aesthetics of this work. I will keep it forever as a reference.
Jan 15, 2010
Read this book!
This book is worthwhile in many ways. The outlook is both scientific and philosophical. It is inspiring, fascinating and well written. It conveys important information and provokes independent thinking.
The book is not easy to read - one has to spend time, perhaps re-read parts more than once. The result is most rewarding.
Jul 26, 2007
An excellient read!
This book employs theoritical math, the music of Bach, and illustrations by Escher all brought together to give one a good understand of how the human mind works. Do not let the math scare you as it is written in such a way that most anyone beyond the 10 grade can understand it.
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