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  • I've been wondering about Hofstadter's Gödel Escher Bach for a while, would you recommend it? Any specific comments?


    -- Robin Berjon []

    • Yes ! but it requires some amount of concentration. Otherwise you'll get lost. Worth a read anyway. One of the few books that makes you think you're actually intelligent. (Moreover, it benefits from an excellent french translation / adaptation. I think that Hofstadter did review it himself.)
    • GEB is a wonderful book! I wouldn't try and read it in one go though. The explanation of Gödel's theorem is pretty good, but if you want to understand it properly you'll need to read the relevant sections carefully and repeatedly. What is really wonderful about it is the exuberance and playfulness. Hofstadter uses punning multiply self-referential dialogues to simultaneously explain and illustrate various points about self reference (and anything else that happened to strike him as interesting and tang