Years ago I told my children: “When I lie dying and am about to breathe out my last breath, then put one of Snow’s novels in my hand. I’ll start reading and I won’t die before I finish the book.” From time to time I let myself fall into an armchair and cry out: “I’m […]
CP Snow (Charles Percy) was born in 1905, one year before my grandfather. He was to become Lord Snow, a well-known scientist, politician and writer, but his first years were humble enough. His parents lived in Leicester, where his father was a clerk in a shoe factory. Strangely enough, he acted as a church organist […]
The New Men C.P. Snow taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Macmillaneerste editie: gedrukt: 1954verworven: 2002bindwijze: gebondenisbn: verworven via: Abebooks The fifth novel in the Strangers and Brothers sequence. In the second World War Lewis Eliot works for the government, trying to recruit scientific staff for the many war time projects. One of this projects is the building […]
A coat of varnish C.P. Snow taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Macmillaneerste editie: gedrukt: 1979verworven: 2001bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 0333247663verworven via: Abebooks Snow started his writing career with Death under Sail, a whodunnit in the style of Agatha Christie. He ended his career with this very fine novel. Although technically speaking this is again a detective story, Snow wouldn’t […]
This is not a novel, but as the subtitle says: “a work of scientific speculation”. In a fictional setting Mr Casti brings together some famous scientists to discuss (in 1949) the possibilities of the computer.
The host of the dinner party is CP Snow, and indeed this is a typical situation for Snow’s main character Lewis Eliot.
Guests at the dinner are Ludwig Wittgenstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Alan Turing and J.B.S.Haldane. And the main topic is the question wether a machine can be built that might be able to think like a human being. In other words, will artificial intelligence ever be possible?
This problem has many facets and Snow moderates the discussion between Turing, the father of the modern computer, Wittgenstein, the famous modern philosopher concerned with logic and language, Schrödinger, specialised in quantum mechanics, and Haldane, an evolutionary biologist.
For those who are interested in human and artificial intelligence, this is a pleasant read.
The Masters C.P. Snow taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Macmillaneerste editie: gedrukt: 1951verworven: 2000bindwijze: gebondenisbn: verworven via: Abebooks I believe this novel made Snow’s name. The first novels had been published by Faber and Faber, but Snow was not happy with their approach. From this novel on he published all his books with MacMillan. The novel is […]
The Realists C.P. Snow taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Macmillaneerste editie: gedrukt: 1987verworven: 2000bindwijze: paperbackisbn: 0020254105verworven via: Antalya Snow wrote short essays about the life and work of eight masters of realism: Stendhal, Balzac, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Galdós, Henry James and Proust. This is the art of short biography at its most penetrating.Have a look at my […]