OT: best book in years
John J. Lee
jjl at pobox.com
Sat Sep 6 01:41:59 CEST 2003
"Michael Peuser" <mpeuser at web.de> writes:
> Hofstadter: Goedel Escher Bach
> which probably everybody of our age has read but maybe not the younger
> generation ;-) And it is still entertaining, especially in a hospital...
Even better hospital reading material: Metamagical Themas. Fantastic
stuff. It's a collection of his Scientific American articles (he took
over Martin Gardner's column, "Mathematical Games" for a while,
anagram-izing the name in the process), with very worthwhile added
notes that weren't in the original columns.
I'm still waiting for his book "How to judge a book by its cover".
Perhaps it will include a chapter on extracting information from
unsupported negative opinions in USENET groups. ;-)
Q. Why did Douglas Hofstadter cross the road?
A. In order to make this joke possible.
(joke credit: Eric Drexler, apparently)
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