#Book Review – Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. A polymath takes you on a magical journey.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What do a mathematician, a musician and an artist have in common? And how does this find resonance with one of the forefathers of AI? This is a book that plays out on so many different levels – infact more than a read, its an experience you are about to immerse yourself in. For example while self-recursion is discussed at depth, its done in a playful manner and through multiple points of view (with some adorable literary characters setting the stage before handing it over for some in-depth rumination!). Its clear the book is special to the author as well – just check out the preface and you’ll know how much the book and its life mean to him.

Read this book and am sure you will find it a rewarding experience. Its rarely that a polymath will take you by the hand and show you how he sees the world. for such an intellect, specialisations don’t matter – art, literature, math and music are all fertile ground for an exploration of on patterns and how complexity plays out. It’s a meandering, long read – treat it as a walk in the wild woods and not a formal tea at the garden – and you’ll come out with a sense of wonder. Guaranteed!



View all my reviews

Book Review – The order of time

The Order of Time

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What is time and how does it flow? When a scientist of Mr.Rovelli’s caliber expounds his narrative (he is both a renown scholar and a storyteller), you are sure to be spellbound by the breadth of his topic and his ability to take you by the hand and explore it so beautifully. You will walk away with a better appreciation of time, how it flows, how space relates to it and of course with a sense of wonder at everything around you. This is a worthy successor to his exceptional book on Physics, a must read in my view for everyone – not just for the topic itself, but for getting inspired by a mind of great curiosity and genius.



View all my reviews