The volume is substantial in size and contains extensive notes concerning responses to the articles and other information relevant to their content. More accessible than GEB. This time, I found many of the chapters very dated because the whole field of AI has simply exploded in the intervening years. Minor wear to covers, some pages dog-eared. Mar 30, Ruhegeist marked it as to-read. Jul 12, Terry Pearce rated it really liked it.

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He took over writing of the “Mathematical Games” column in Scientific American from Martin Gardner in the early ’80’s, and when deciding for metamagiacl new name for the column, decided to use the the anagram “Metamagical Themas”. Read this BIG book after college. They are at least reading copies, complete and in reasonable condition, but usually secondhand; frequently they are superior examples.

Generally very interesting stuff. Heavy Hardcover in DJ with poly cover. Showing best matches Show all copies.

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. An inquiry into why so many people are taken in by publications that give much play to “paranormal” or “psi” phenomena, and a report on an unusual journal that combats the psi panderers.


Inhe moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was hired as a professor of psychology and was also appointed to the Walgreen Chair for the Study of Human Understanding. But also happy to read something else for a change. I’d say the biggest difference between the two is the fact that GEB is more intertwined, everything is connected and falls into it’s place in a very natural way.

Metamagical Themas by Hofstadter, Douglas R

Cloud 9 Books Condition: Publication HarperCollins PublishersEdition: Metamagiccal Music Videos 4 U Published: A couple of the essays seemed a little dated.

The two chapters on self-referential sentences were metamagcial delightful. I was just weary of him speaking in a way. Preview — Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Skip chapters and never look back you’ll be back. Those are definitely real issues too, but I have to wonder – did we really “solve” the nuclear crisis that Hofstadter wrote about here, or has it just been replaced in the news with other, fresher problems?

The Metammagical project was subsequently extended under the name “Metacat” by Hofstadter’s doctoral student James Marshall. Used; Very Good Edition: I owe Hofstadter a debt of gratitude for providing me with his wonderful introduction to the works of Allen Wheelis.

Definitely a great read! These days, I would basically call metamagiczl a nicer version of Discover again, not to denigrate that magazine, but it certainly lacks depth in most cases. Hofstadter’s many interests include music, visual art, the mind, creativity, consciousness, self-reference, translation and mathematics.


They were interesting though!

Metamagical Themas

Not because the writing is difficult, but because the topics are diverse and deep. Despite the natural and easily-read writing, the book is overall not an easy read due to the depth and complexity of the themes, but it’s well worth the effort.

This is mostly a collection of Hofstadter’s Scientific American columns. Dorley House Books Published: Ed Conroy Bookseller Published: No International ShippingGood condition. Goodreads helps you keep themaas of books you want to read.

Obviously, he is quite interested in the puzzle side of tackling these things, and I not so much.

metamagical themas

An interlocked collection of literary, scientific, and artistic studies, with postscripts by the author which show the interconnection between t he ideas of how people perceive and think.