Douglas R. Hofstadter


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February 15, 1945

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Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American scholar of cognitive science, physics, and comparative literature whose research focuses on consciousness, thinking and creativity. He is best known for his book Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, first published in 1979, for which he was awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.

Hofstadter is the son of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Hofstadter. Douglas grew up on the campus of Stanford University, where his father was a professor. Douglas attended the International School of Geneva for a year. He graduated with Distinction in Mathematics from Stanford in 1965. He spent a few years in Sweden in the mid 1960s. He continued his education and received his Ph.D. in Physic
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“It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

“Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law”
Douglas Hofstadter

“Meaning lies as much
in the mind of the reader
as in the Haiku.”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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