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    It's interesting to hear both you and a few other commentators mention that understanding math was important.  I'm a little child in math, and somehow didn't even notice there was much of importance in the book.  On the other hand, I'd argue that a knowledge of philosophy was far more significant, given the major reveal towards the end of the book where, though a purely philosophical discussion, the author reveals the self-referential gimmick at the core of the book.

    I say self-referential gimmick in the best possible light.  I laughed out loud once I realized what he was doing, and thought it a hilarious idea, wonderfully executed.  In how many other books is the key secret found within Platonic Idealism?

    `Under my command, every mission is a suicide mission.`

    by Zwackus on Sun Dec 19, 2010 at 02:25:59 AM PST

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