Search Results: "David Gelernter"


BOOK REVIEW

1939 by David Gelernter
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 1995

"But good fun for pop culture aficionados. (author tour)"
A readable but peculiar blend of fact and fiction aiming to give a visitors'-eye view of the 1939 New York World's Fair. Read full book review >

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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE TIDES OF MIND by David Gelernter
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"Eschewing research in favor of literature and Freud, Gelernter delivers a personal, reasonable, nonscientific analysis of the mind."
Everyone agrees that computers do not employ reason; they compute. This harmony dissolves when the discussion turns to the future, where vastly more powerful machines will develop sentience and feelings—or not. Read full book review >

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DRAWING LIFE by David Gelernter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"Full of solipsism, smugness, and petty arrogance—an exercise in self-regard. (First serial to Time)"
Yale computer scientist Gelernter (1939: The Lost World of the Fair, 1995, etc.) offers a peculiar rant only tangentially about his ordeal as a Unabomber target and the resulting irreparable damage to his right hand and eye. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Within ten years, Gelernter (Computer Science/Yale) predicts here, scientists will deploy computer systems able to capture extensive data about a particular ``reality'' (hospital, city, etc.), and to present a constantly updated model on a desktop computer. ``A Mirror World is some huge institution's moving, true-to- life mirror image trapped inside a computer—where you can see and grasp it whole,'' Gelernter writes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Psyaint David by Wayne  Lanter
Released: May 22, 2016

"An unusual and artistically ambitious—but convoluted—account of a New York City gripped by fear."
A thriller chronicles a metropolis' descent into moral chaos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID ROBINSON by Glen Macnow
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"This guy's no sorry role model. (Biography. 9-15)"
A well-paced sport-celebrity profile of David Robinson, superstar center for basketball's San Antonio Spurs. Read full book review >

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LOVE, DAVID by Dianne Case
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From South Africa, a moving evocation of the life of the ``colored'' under apartheid, based on the childhood of the author's mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID LYNCH by Dennis Lim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A streamlined and breezily engaging—but impressively rigorous—evaluation of a unique film talent; essential reading for fans of Lynch and the immersive, elusive worlds he creates."
The director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center delivers a short, sharp reckoning with the dangerous visions of celebrated filmmaker David Lynch. Read full book review >