Welcome to Daniel´s Secret Page. If you´ve come this far, you deserve to be allowed into Daniel´s brightest secrets. Here you will learn about Daniel´s interests other than music. They are many, and definitely worth exploring. Enjoy!
One of my favorite comics, by Quino
One of my favorite phrases: “The truth is a lie on duty.”
The Incredible World of Escher
The Incredible World of EscherFor a long time, I’ve been a fan of the works by Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972). His way to twist perspective to create impossible worlds has always fascinated me.
He loved to demonstrate “the nonsensicalness of some of what we take to be irrefutable certainties”, and found it “a pleasure to deliberately mix together objects of two and three dimensions, surface and spatial relationships, and to make fun of gravity.”
Here are six of my favorite prints by him:
One of my favorite books:
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas R. Hofstadter
This absolutely fantastic book compares the music of Bach with the prints of Escher and Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem, demonstrating how all of them work simultaneously on several interconnected levels. It goes on to show how our minds function on similar structures, and how the knowledge of this functioning can be used to develop artificial intelligence.
If that sounds too complicated, don’t worry (not too much, at least): before each chapter there is a fictional dialogue between Achilles and the Tortoise which introduces some of its concepts in plain English. Plus, Gödel, Escher, Bach won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980, so it should be a nice book, right?
I wouldn’t call it easy reading but, boy, it is definitely fascinating stuff. A great workout for your brain!