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re: "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter.
 

Quick question what was the insights you had gotten from it?

 

I picked this book up in a thrift store back when I was in high school, and it was the first "technical" book I read of my own volition.

The book weaves together topics of mathematics, music, and art (among other things), establishing shared components and exploring the idea of emergence in cognition. Among the technical discussions are comical -- yet thought-provoking -- dialogues that explore the chapter's subject while making self-referential observations.

Though it's not meant to be seen as a guide to classical music, number theory, zen, or biology, it is responsible for introducing me to how interesting those subjects are, and my own interests in development projects stem from the idea of emergent behaviors. It's a fantastic (though somewhat dense) book, and I find myself reading it again every few years.

Nice that is really good :)

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