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Loc: Philadelphia area
Very cool Rich, thanks.
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Loc: Pretoria, South Africa
Originally Posted By: Anne'sson
Has anyone read Doug Hofstadter's "Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" lately?
I have the book in my shelf and (try to) re-read it every few years. But Hofstadter always loses me towards the end, in spite of Mathematics being one of my university majors. Every time, I give him the benefit of the doubt and put the book back in the shelf, frustrated.
[Edit: In fact, I've spoken to a number of friends, all of whom have majored in Mathematics, who've read the book. None of them really grasps the mathematical aspects of the book. They all agree with me that it's "quaint", but if one is after a real understanding of its contents, not just some cute parallelisms, then it's not very satisfying at all. Sorry, but that's my experience also.]
Edited by Mark R. (09/02/1307:23 AM) Edit Reason: given in post.
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