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Way out of my comfort zone, but still great.,
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This review is from: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (Paperback)
I'm here to witness that even people as seriously math-challenged as I am can participate in this wonderful book. It took me a *long* time to read-- I flipped back and forth, beat the pages up, asked my more math-oriented friends for help. I spent forever trying to solve the MU exercise. It was worth it. I still feel like I understood parts of it only in intuitive flashes, but those flashes showed me a room more interesting than most of the well-lit chambers ordinary books provide.
Reading Godel, Escher, Bach is like joining a club. People who see you reading it will open spontaneous conversations and often gift you with unexpected insights. (I had a fascinating conversation with a total stranger about Godel's theorem.)
Wish I could give more than five stars.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2010 9:11:41 AM PST
Mark E. Heater says:
thank you for the fine review, especially the metaphor/image of "the well-lit chambers ordinary books provide." as a "seriously math-challenged" person myself, i'm looking forward to reading the book and, hopefully, experiencing some "intuitive flashes" myself.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 2:57:36 AM PDT
Mahesh Jayaraman says:
I have had this book for almost 3 years and I gave up after first few months..Your comment looks very encouraging. Thanks for the review!
Posted on Sep 11, 2013 12:19:18 PM PDT
Oh, I so agree! I loved this book, and have read and reread my copy so many times it's falling apart. I had hoped for a Kindle edition to replace it, but alas. Other books by Hofstadter are available, but not this one.
Posted on Dec 27, 2014 10:55:00 PM PST
Andrew Cheong says:
I have a degree in math and it still took me a year and a half. I think the book opens doors to such untapped realms, you can delve as deeply as you like (and gain proportionately) and still come away feeling simultaneously like you don't completely get it and like your mind was given a whole new perception.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2014 10:57:11 PM PST
Andrew Cheong says:
I gave up 4 times, once in the middle of the book (on TNT and such), and each time I felt like I didn't read deeply enough so I started over. A year and a half later I finally finished the book, and it stands as one of the influential books of my life. Even in everyday life and conversation, I see broad strokes of the book's influence. Such as: compassion for those who are "wrong", because they're right on another level, and simply marveling at the multiple faces of meaning and symbols we experience every single day...
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2015 2:00:15 PM PST
Orlando Fears says:
Hmm. I always wanted to pick this book up but never actually knew what it was about. Reading your comment has pushed me to go buy it now. Thanks.
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