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Metamagical Themas is an eclectic collection of articles that Douglas Hofstadter wrote for the popular science magazine Scientific American during the early s.

From inside the book. Metamaagical Logic and Mathematics. This book consists mostly of a compilation of articles from Scientific American in the early ‘s, along with updated post scriptums, and a few extra miscellaneous chapters on subjects not covered in those articles. A couple of the dpuglas seemed a little dated.

We are going through our books. Apr 23, Michael A. The book – titled after the column – contains essays on self-referential sentences “The reader of this sentence exists only while reading me” is one of my favorites ; the mathematics of Frederic Chopin’s compositions; a taxonomy of Rubik’s Cube variations; the emerging studies of chaos and compexity; metafonts; artificial intelligence and machine learning; what the word “I” means; and a deep study of the mechanics and ethics of cooperation.

This book is huge – like a massive dictionary – and packed with a bunch of essays on a range of topics too broad to even try to describe. But at some point you tire of it. It did feel a slight shame that the topic I most enjoyed self-reference was the first in the book – that led to a slight feeling of everything being downhill from there on, but that’s hardly a problem with the book itself Intellect Books,Pp.


Metamagical Themas Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Possessing a dysfunctional visual aesthetic sense and being generally wary of anything requiring more than UTF-8 and a console font to render meaningfully, I find these singularly uninteresting topics. Aug 18, Jimmy O Precis of the Rational Imagination: May 30, Assaad rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 15, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: The essays specifically on artificial intelligence suffer somewhat from having been written over 30 years ago and things have moved on dramatically since then.

Some of the chapters are more relevant than ever such as Chapter 5 World Views in Collision. Please provide an email address. This book was probably the most influential book I read growing up, as I think it set me on the path to study computer science. Hofstader 29, A. Hofstadter hfostadter Superrationality in game theory, and I was completely stunned by the diversity of articles presented in the book.

METAMAGICAL THEMAS by Douglas R. Hofstadter | Kirkus Reviews

Open Preview See a Problem? I’d always wanted to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Apr 15, Dan Cohen rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 07, Nicholas rated it really liked it. Apr 03, Sara rated it really liked it.


Books by Douglas R. Mar 28, Patrick Sunset rated it it was amazing. In he returned to Bloomington as “College of Arts and Sciences Professor” in both Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and also was appointed Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Psychology, but he states that his involvement with most of these departments is nominal.

This book has probably influenced my brain chemistry in all sorts of subtle and stealthy ways. Read this BIG book after college.

Hofstadter’s many interests include music, visual art, the mind, creativity, consciousness, self-reference, translation and mathematics. I expect most people will have hofstadtet flashes of insight in every chapter.

This was a stroll in the park by comparison, and what a delightful park indeed. But I find myself unenthused. The font remains an unrealized fantasy.

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