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Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Jul 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: language, maths, science, non-fiction

A collection of Hofstadter's columns of the same name for Scientific American. Additional notes/thoughts/comments from the author are added after each, where appropriate (which vary from a few lines to a few pages long). A variety of topics are covered, some of which were less interesting than others, but none were dull. It did feel a slight shame that the topic I most enjoyed (self-reference) was the first in the book - that led to a slight feeling of everything being downhill from there on, but that's hardly a problem with the book itself... The section on AI is also particularly good (both of those last two points, though, are based on personal interests rather than quality of writing).

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