Powers, Richard Galatea 2.2

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Galatea 2.2

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9780060976927: Galatea 2.2

Atlantic Books is proud to be publishing Richard Powers' backlist titles, re-jacketed in paperback. "Galatea 2.2" is a dazzling novel of ideas, that interrogates why we make the choices we do, and what constitutes the human soul. After many years of living abroad, a young writer 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, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent on using computers to model the human brain. Lentz involves the writer in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net by reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own age, sex, race, and reason for existing...

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"'An extraordinary and brilliant novel of ideas.' Time Out 'Nothing less than brilliant' John Updike 'If Powers were an American writer of the nineteenth century...he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby Dick. His picture is that big.' Margaret Atwood, New York Review of Books 'Sharply written and extremely clever.' D. J. Taylor, Mail on Sunday"

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Richard Powers has been a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the US National Book Award and a three-times finalist for the US National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the author of eight novels, including The Time of our Singing, Plowing the Dark, and Gain. He lives in Illinois.

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