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It's a book that encourages you to participate in it. To fully experience it, you don't just read it, you <em>do</em> it by doing the math, listening to the music, participating in the culture surrounding it, and discussing the ideas you come across with other people.
 
It's a book that encourages you to participate in it. To fully experience it, you don't just read it, you <em>do</em> it by doing the math, listening to the music, participating in the culture surrounding it, and discussing the ideas you come across with other people.
   
As much as the book is packed full of ideas, the book alone doesn't give you everything you need for that experience. Reading ''GEB'' has often been a solitary experience, with readers having to go look up the music, the cultural references, the details of the math, and the ways these fields of knowledge have changed in the decades since it was written.
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As much as the book is packed full of ideas, the book alone doesn't give you everything you need to get the most out of it. Reading ''GEB'' has often been a solitary experience, with readers having to go look up the music, the cultural references, the details of the math, and the ways these fields of knowledge have changed in the decades since it was written.
   
 
You could imagine a supplement to ''GEB'' that contains everything the book doesn't. A place to find "notes in the margin" written by other people sharing the experience of reading the book. That's what this wiki could be.
 
You could imagine a supplement to ''GEB'' that contains everything the book doesn't. A place to find "notes in the margin" written by other people sharing the experience of reading the book. That's what this wiki could be.
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Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas Hofstadter's award-winning book, Gödel, Escher, Bach, is a journey through surprisingly intertwined ideas from mathematics, art, music, computer science, and philosophy.

This wiki is a place for discussing the book, understanding its context, discovering its hidden tricks, and exploring its unanswered questions.

The wiki was started in December 2014, by members of /r/geb on Reddit.

The shared experience of GEB

Gödel, Escher, Bach has introduced new fields of thought to a generation of self-directed learners. A Nature review called it "an entire humanistic education between the covers of a single book". It's become a fixture in geek culture, even bleeding into popular culture once in a while.

It's a book that encourages you to participate in it. To fully experience it, you don't just read it, you do it by doing the math, listening to the music, participating in the culture surrounding it, and discussing the ideas you come across with other people.

As much as the book is packed full of ideas, the book alone doesn't give you everything you need to get the most out of it. Reading GEB has often been a solitary experience, with readers having to go look up the music, the cultural references, the details of the math, and the ways these fields of knowledge have changed in the decades since it was written.

You could imagine a supplement to GEB that contains everything the book doesn't. A place to find "notes in the margin" written by other people sharing the experience of reading the book. That's what this wiki could be.

Sections of the book

Part I

Dialogues Chapters
  Introduction – A Musico-Logical Offering
Three-Part Invention 1 – The MU-Puzzle
Two-Part Invention, or What the Tortoise Said to Achilles 2 – Meaning and Form in Mathematics
Sonata for Unaccompanied Achilles 3 – Figure and Ground
Contracrostipunctus 4 – Consistency, Completeness, and Geometry
Little Harmonic Labyrinth 5 – Recursive Structures and Processes
Canon by Intervallic Augmentation 6 – The Location of Meaning
Chromatic Fantasy, And Feud 7 – The Propositional Calculus
Crab Canon 8 – Typographical Number Theory
A Mu Offering 9 – Mumon and Gödel

Part II

Dialogues Chapters
Prelude... 10 – Levels of Description, and Computer Systems
...Ant Fugue 11 – Brains and Thoughts
English French German Suite 12 – Minds and Thoughts
Aria with Diverse Variations 13 – BlooP and FlooP and GlooP
Air on G's String 14 – On Formally Undecidable Propositions of TNT and Related Systems
Birthday Cantatatata... 15 – Jumping out of the System
Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker 16 – Self-Ref and Self-Rep
The Magnificrab, Indeed 17 – Church, Turing, Tarski, and Others
SHRDLU, Toy of Man's Designing 18 – Artificial Intelligence: Retrospects
Contrafactus 19 – Artificial Intelligence: Prospects
Sloth Canon 20 – Strange Loops, or Tangled Hierarchies
Six-Part Ricercar  

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