Douglas Hofstadter (February 15th, 1945 - ) is a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science, in the School of Informatics at Indiana University. He has a particular interest in analogies, recursion, and self-reference, and has coined, for example, "Hofstadter's Law": It always takes longer than you think, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
Dr. Hofstadter also wrote a column for Scientific American called Metamagical Themas. The collected columns were later published in book form.
The first book/product sold on the Amazon was Dr. Hofstadter's 1995 book Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought.
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- XKCD #555 - Two mirrors - Hofstadter reference in tip text
- XKCD #917 - comic about Hofstadter's biography