Search Results: "David Gelernter"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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 >

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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 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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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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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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BOOK REVIEW

RAT AND ROACH ROCK ON! by David Covell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"Since it isn't either funny or gross enough to truly succeed, place this one only where the previous title has already proved popular. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Opposites may attract, but readers will remain uncharmed by this dry picture-book sequel. Read full book review >

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HELLO, MR. HULOT by David Merveille
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Mr. Hulot may not be as well-known on this side of the pond as the Little Tramp or Buster Keaton, but he definitely merits a seat in the same row. (afterword) (Graphic picture book. 6-9)"
Twenty-two comical, wordless mini-episodes in sequential panels pay terrific tribute to a classic Chaplin-esque character created by actor/filmmaker Jacques Tati for a series of French movies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICO THE BRAVE by David Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"A humorous, original tale about one plucky clucker, distinguished by vibrantly colored, cartoonish illustrations that match the text's hilarity on every page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chico is a chicken—in both senses—until adventure earns him the title "The Brave." Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT JOE, BRAVE KNIGHT! by David Wojtowycz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Blithe adventure for tiny heroes-to be. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wee elephant and zebra buddies seem no match for a fearsome dragon and an evil knight, but looks can be deceiving. Read full book review >