Subject: Re: How to write Lisp
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1998/11/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* lrphill <>
| I remember that back in the early 80's (?) Douglas Hofstadter wrote a
| series of articles for Scientific American called "Metamagical Themas."
| Embedded in it was a sub-series (like 6-8 articles) about Lisp.  It was a
| pretty good gentle introduction (recursion, Towers of Hanoi, etc.).  But
| I don't know where to get them.  I even wrote to Hofstadter, who informed
| me that no, they weren't anywhere on line.  I don't even have paper
| copies of them.  Anybody have them?

  upon question, my bookshelves returned with Douglas R. Hofstadter:
  "Metamagical Themas, Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern, an
  Interlocked Collection of Literary, Scientific and Artistic Studies".
  it's a Penguin paperback, acquisition date 1987-06-01, copyright Basic
  Books, Inc, 1985.  the ISBN is probably useless, but is 0-14-008534-3. and both report it in stock as a trade paperback
  March 1996 _reissue_ at USD 20 (retail USD 25).  ISBN 0-465-04566-9.

  it contains three articles on Lisp: Atoms and Lists; Lists and Recursion;
  Recursion and Generality; encompassing 59 pages out of 880 total.

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