Alex Harford email (remove spam text)
On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Vitaliy <maksimov.org> wrote: spam
> Alex Harford wrote:
>> Have you heard of Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by
>> Hofstaeder? An amazing book, and it covers the halting problem.
>> Simple, concrete, 777 pages long.
> I looked it up on Amazon. I usually pay more attention to the critical
> reviews, than the praises, and I read several reviews where apparently
> intelligent people say the book is a total bore.
My guess is that people didn't enjoy the style that the book is
written in. It is a mix of Socratic dialogue between various
characters (Crab, Tortiose) and 'textbook' style explanations. I can
understand that some people wouldn't like this method, personally, I
enjoy it. My wife, who can't make it through the first few pages of
Lord of The Rings, probably wouldn't enjoy it.
> Is the halting problem really so hard to explain, that one needs to buy a
> 777 page book?
I apologize if my original email was unclear. The subject of the book
is not the halting problem, but it is discussed.
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