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1135884.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:09 am Reply with quote

I've always intended to get hold of Godel, Escher, Bach but haven't yet.

I do have Hofstadter's other opus, Metamagical Themas, which I'll eagerly recommend to everyone on this forum. It's a compilation of articles he wrote for Scientific American in the 1980s. It covers an enormous range of thought, including letterform design, self-reference, analogies, the Prisoner's Dilemma and related problems, and a lot more. It's the book I'd want to take with me to a desert island because you can always find something in it to read and ponder, and often be inspired to do something creative yourself.

1135898.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:14 am Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
I was given this, as well as a book of sort stories by Chekhov...

Chekhov was such a polymath - I particularly liked his binary sort yarn.

1135904.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:32 am Reply with quote

It's not very nice to make fun of people you know. I'm actually very self-conscious of my visual anti-lisp :(

1135920.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:31 am Reply with quote

Well you've certainly been bubbled now...


1135967.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:46 pm Reply with quote

Still waiting for someone to explain to me what aspect of "time" can/cannot be proved.

1135969.  Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:59 pm Reply with quote

Well, we can certainly observe the effects of time, which in my simple mind means it must exist. To define it in any way that doesn't rely on minutes, hours, years, etc? Not that easy.


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