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27 Post author: XFrequentist 09 July 2009 07:47PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 11 July 2009 06:41:10AM 1 point [-]

I'd have to add just about everything else by Hofstadter, especially Gödel, Escher, Bach.

Comment author: gwern 11 July 2009 04:24:01PM *  2 points [-]

But I must add: exceptions are his I am a Strange Loop (terrible, redundant, and maudlin), and his Fluid Analogies (uninteresting to anyone not trying to code up a Copycat).

So basically, in order: GEB, Le Ton beau de Marot, and Metamagical Themas.

EDIT: correct LTDBM spelling; I was going from memory, and clearly I didn't remember the right order & capitalization.

Comment author: gjm 12 July 2009 10:43:31PM 3 points [-]

"Le Ton beau de Marot". (Not only does the meaning get scrambled with "ton" and "de" swapped, but Hofstadter's pun gets destroyed too.)

I gather his translation of Eugene Onegin is pretty wretched too.