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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Jul 28, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: science
Recommended for: a rubik's cube

I can't perform the most basic algebra, so that must be taken to account when reading this review.

I wanted to like this book. In fact, I still do. I don't mind authorial self-indulgence as a rule. I didn't mind feeling ineducable much of the the time (I do). But frankly, I found all the reiteration among the three strips of the braid to be annoying, and despite the apparent need for Hofstadter's conceit in "explaining" recursive mathematics, I couldn't help but finding not only his taste flawed, but cumbersome. It reminded me of an intricate doily.

It's great fun to flip through, though.

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