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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Jan 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in March, 2007

Wonderfully inventive at times, Godel, Escher, Bach is a majestic feat in bringing abstract science down to an understandable and even enjoyable level. Hofstadter uses lucid prose to explain such complicated (and often dry) issues as formal systems, computer programming, and metamathematics. The dialogues are hilarious, witty, and genius.

If I have one complaint about this books, it's that the proportions are wrong. As it stands, 20% dialogue to 80% essay is too heavy on the explanatory part. I found myself skimming the longer descriptions of formal systems and such in order to reach the dialogues, in which Hofstadter would introduce the exciting new concepts.
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