Last year I pointed to MIT’s programme dedicated to Douglas Hofstadter’sÂ GÃ¶del, Escher, Bachâ€”the Pulitzer Prize-winning book on cognition that defies categorisation.
Just to update you on GEB news; MIT have now produced a series of video lectures dedicated to the book. (6 lectures, each approx. 1 hour in length.)
(I have a sort of love-hate relationship with GEB: I know I’m going to love it, but I hate the fact that for the last 18 months the book’s been staring at me, tempting me to pick it up, while I’ve been getting through my book ‘backlog’.)
On a large number of ‘best of’ or ‘books that changed my life’ lists I always spot GÃ¶del, Escher, Bach (GEB), the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Hofstadter.
When my copy arrived at my door recently I was taken aback by this tome and realised that it was going to be a dense read that will needâ€”and hopefully rewardâ€”all of my attention. As with similar books, I will undertake background research and reading first so that I can fully appreciate all the concepts contained within.
This is when I found MIT’s ‘special programme’ specifically based on the book. While it doesn’t provide a wealth of useful, supplementary material (much like the Wikipedia entry), it does mention some good Bach pieces to accompany your reading.