Whether you love Chopin’s mazurkas, Escher’s trompe-d’oille designs or Hilton’s sex tape, your role in shaping this world is one of three:
- You’re pro-active, resourceful, passionate and participate, in your own way, in shaping the world within and without you.
- You’re reactive, curious and have a stable-ish job – content to watch the world go by and be fascinated.
- You’re very much into your bubble, with little care/curiosity about anything else except your job/friends/family – don’t have a clear idea about what/why/how of the world.
Do you even know how to listen to the world?
This isn’t a review of Goedel Escher Bach (GEB) but a vivid recommendation for all polymaths/curious types.
The book not only details interesting life episodes of Kurt Goedel, M.C. Escher, and J.S. Bach, but also exposes the unifying framework of mathematics, art and music, while attempting to contextualize the “self” as a result of a strange loop.
Is “This sentence is false” true or false?
All chapters start with dialogues of Achilles and the tortoise and “What the Tortoise Said to Achilles“, so interwoven as to feature musical pieces, mathematical theories or art.
More GEB resources here and here.