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I Am a Strange Loop Paperback – Illustrated, 8 July 2008

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I Am a Strange Loop is thoughtful, amusing and infectiously enthusiastic.--Bloomberg news

I Am a Strange Loop is vintage Hofstadter: earnest, deep, overflowing with ideas, building its argument into the experience of reading it-for if our souls can incorporate those of others, then I Am a Strange Loopcan transmit Hofstadter's into ours. And indeed, it is impossible to come away from this book without having introduced elements of his point of view into our own. It may not make us kinder or more compassionate, but we will never look at the world, inside or out, in the same way again.--Los AngelesTimes Book Review

I Am a Strange Loop scales some lofty conceptual heights, but it remains very personal, and it's deeply colored by the facts of Hofstadter's later life. In 1993 Hofstadter's wife Carol died suddenly of a brain tumor at only 42, leaving him with two young children to care for.... I Am a Strange Loop is a work of rigorous thinking, but it's also an extraordinary tribute to the memory of romantic love: The Year of Magical Thinking for mathematicians.--Time

[F]ascinating... original and thought-provoking.... [T]here are many pleasures in I Am a Strange Loop.--Wall Street Journal

His new book, as brilliant and provocative as earlier ones, is a colorful mix of speculations with passages of autobiography.--Martin Gardiner

Nearly thirty years after his best-selling book Gödel, Escher, Bach, cognitive scientist and polymath Douglas Hofstadter has returned to his extraordinary theory of self.--New Scientist

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Douglas Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prize-winning Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid Metamagical Themas The Mind's I Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies and Le Ton beau de Marot. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; 1st edition (8 July 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 436 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0465030793
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0465030798
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.86 x 23.5 cm
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