I have some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, and I’m wondering whether to spend it on a copy of Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter.
Part of me has thought this book looks kinda-sorta interesting for years, without ever getting round to actually reading it. Maths, Bach, pictures of recursive frogs – what’s not to like?
On the other hand, part of me thinks that a book with a subtitle as painfully pretentious as “An eternal golden braid” should be read while one is a sixth-former, or not at all. And that perhaps I ought to finish that Roger Penrose book before I start on another vast doorstop of a “popular” science book.
Anyone care to give me some guidance on this?