Search Results: "David Gelernter"


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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 >

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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 >

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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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POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION. TOO SOON?
by Karen Schechner

The collective love for post-apocalyptic fiction might have dipped a bit since The Handmaid’s Tale started to hew too closely to reality. But it’s an irresistible subgenre. For those looking for more depictions of a frightening, all-too-plausible future run by religious zealots hungry for control, The Seekers series, by David Litwack, may suit.  

In the series’ debut, The Children ...


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HE MAKES HIS STAND IN THE AUDITORIUM
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Cover Story: Fabulous
BFF Charm: Extra Sparkly Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: The Script
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Musical
Relationship Status: Season Ticket Holder

 

Cover Story: Fabulous

Since this book is written as a script, the cover is extremely fitting. But the most appropriate aspect ...


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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID LEVITHAN CHANGES THE WORLD ONE KISS AT A TIME
by Sarah Pitre

 

 

BOOK REPORT for Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan  

Cover Story: PDAA
BFF Charm: Make It Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk:  Whimsically Weighty
Bonus Factors: Diversity, World Record, YA Inside Joke
Relationship Status: Revolutionary

Cover Story: PDAA

Normally, when I see two people kissing on a cover, I consider it a defacement of the ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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IN THE NAME OF LOVE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Cover Story: I Left My Heart in San Francisco

BFF Charm: Yay x2

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair

Bonus Factors: LGBTQIA, San Francisco, Tami Taylor Award for Awesome Motherhood

Relationship Status: Insta-bestie

Cover Story: I Left My Heart in ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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