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Galatea 2.2

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Published: November 2019
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BIC Subject: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
 
Published: 05-Nov-2019
Format: Paperback, 352 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781784709716
Stock Code: 4709716
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, a thrilling and timely novel of the human soul

After years of living abroad, a young writer, Richard, returns to the United States to take up the position of Humanist-in-Residence at the Centre for the Study of Advanced Sciences.

There he encounters Philip Lentz, a brilliant and outspoken cognitive neurologist who involves him in an outlandish and irresistible experiment- to train a neural net of computers - Helen - to model the human brain through reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until she demands to know her own age, sex, race and reason for existing...

Galatea 2.2 is a dazzling novel of ideas that explores why we make the choices we do.

'An ingenious, ambitious, at times dizzily cerebral work... It soars and spins... The novel attains an aching, melancholy beauty'
New York TimesFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, a thrilling and timely novel of the human soul

After years of living abroad, a young writer, Richard, returns to the United States to take up the position of Humanist-in-Residence at the Centre for the Study of Advanced Sciences.

There he encounters Philip Lentz, a brilliant and outspoken cognitive neurologist who involves him in an outlandish and irresistible experiment- to train a neural net of computers - Helen - to model the human brain through reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until she demands to know her own age, sex, race and reason for existing...

Galatea 2.2 is a dazzling novel of ideas that explores why we make the choices we do.

'An ingenious, ambitious, at times dizzily cerebral work... It soars and spins... The novel attains an aching, melancholy beauty'
New York Times
Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, including Orfeo (which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Echo Maker, The Time of Our Singing, Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and the National Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time NBCC finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
 
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