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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Oct 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-multiple-times

I was introduced to Douglas Hofstadter through my first high school's American Computer Science League intramural, where several articles from his Metamagical Themas (note: an anagram of Martin Gardner's precursor Mathematical Games) were photocopied to provide a grounding in LISP. He won a well-deserved Pulitzer for this one, which manages to be lots of fun despite weaving a complex tightly-woven tripartite thread to the accompaniment of generative grammars, predicate calculus and first-order logic, a fascinating and original investigation of Gödel's theorem, and wonderfully charming musical/poetical/rhetorical fables/arias opening each chapter. An intellectual tour de force worth revisiting periodically, I first devoured it on the trailing end of excellent acid following a Pearl Jam show; eleven years later, it remains fresh.
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