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authors Hofstadter, Douglas R.
year 1982
title Metafont, Metamathematics, and Metaphysics
source 23, [38] p. : ill. Bloomington: Computer Science Department, Indiana University, december, 1982. Technical report No. 136. includes bibliography.--- Comments on Donald Knuth's Article 'The Concept of a Meta-Font.' --- See also Donald Knuth's 'The Concept of a Meta-Font,' Visible Language, (Winter 1982), vol. XVI, no. 1, pp. 3-27
summary It is argued that readers are likely to carry away from Donald Knuth's article 'The Concept of a Meta-Font' a falsely optimistic view of the extent to which the design of typefaces and letterforms can be mechanized through an approach depending on describing letterforms by specifying the settings of a large number of parameters. Through a comparison to mathematical logic, it is argued that no such set of parameters can capture the essence of any semantic category. Some different ways of thinking about the problem of the 'spirit' residing behind any letterform are suggested, connecting to current research issues in the field of artificial intelligence
keywords languages, AI, parametrization
series CADline
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