if one book, which and why?

Spike Jones (spike66@ibm.net)
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 20:50:33 -0700

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Where are the da Vincis, the Rembrandts, the Bach or Mozart, the Homer or
> Shakespeare of this age?...

wow! this was a very thought provoking post . thanks!

mr. yudkowsky, you may relate to this story. when i was in college, my modern physics professor often referred to hofstadter's escher godel bach, an eternal golden braid. being a busy engineering student, i did not look up the reference at the time, but a year after graduating, i found a copy and started reading. it absolutely floored me. i was so freemed, i immediately read it again straight thru. i later decided that of all the books i have ever read, this one had the biggest impact on me.

recently i wondered about setting up a website where people could post an answer to the question: "if one book, which, and why?"

i would allow people to interpret the question however they liked, then answer it. as i looked into what would be required, it occurred to me that someone else might have already thought of this, so i did some surfing and sure enough, such a site already exists. so, i looked it over. out of curiousity, i checked to see if anyone else had picked hofstadter's escher godel bach, an eternal golden braid.

i found one person had picked egb. it was the person who had authored the website! {8^D

extropians, if one book, which, and why? spike