Thursday, December 26, 2013

Surfaces and Essences by Hofstadter & Sanders - a summary/review

In this accelerated life when available time gets ever squeezed, I had never read huge books like Tolstoi’s War and Peace… until I encountered Hofstadter & Sanders “Surfaces and essences”, a 500+ page book which may some day be considered a literary masterpiece like Hofstadter’s Pulitzer-prize-winning book, “Godel, Escher, Bach”.   I have always been captivated by Hofstadter’s thinking depth, and clear and witty writing style; qualities rarely found together in academic researchers. See my review at Amazon.

(Acknowledgement: editorial improvement of the review by Joana Kennington of More English