Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1997

"As entertaining as an adventure novel, but with a deadly serious message, this is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on emerging viruses. (Author tour)"
A virologist's breezy account of a career spent battling deadly diseases in the lab and in the field. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF THE COSMOS by Lee Smolin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1997

"The early chapters are slow going, but once his argument builds up momentum, Smolin is a thought-provoking theorist."
Physics has long assumed that the laws of nature are immutable; here's a cosmological theory that challenges even that common-sense notion. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 25, 1997

"Dewdney manages to make this catalog of error entertaining as well as instructive; good medicine for both skeptics and true believers."
Why do good scientists fall into error? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 14, 1997

"Especially interesting to those who have experienced psychotherapy or are considering it."
``I am a microsurgeon of the mind,'' announces the author, in this unusually engaging presentation of her theory about how psychotherapy alters the way the brain operates and thus how the mind works. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 9, 1997

"In sum, some old, some new variations on the question of design (or the lack of it) in nature, by an old hand, who, if he hasn't quite the style of Stephen Jay Gould, is nonetheless well worth reading."
Williams (Ecology and Evolution/SUNY, Stony Brook) explores how organisms have evolved in nature to ``solve the problems of life.'' Williams accepts the so-called ``adaptationist program'' of ``plan and purpose'' in biology: that is, the idea that each attribute of an organism relates in some way to its efforts to survive and pass on its genes. Read full book review >

IMAGINED WORLDS by Freeman Dyson
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Essential reading for anyone who looks beyond the coming millennium."
A leading scientist speculates on far-future scientific developments and their possible impact on the human condition. Read full book review >
THE LARGE, THE SMALL AND THE HUMAN MIND by Roger Penrose
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Penrose pushes the available analytical tools to the limit, and the result is far from light reading, but those willing to think hard about fundamental questions of mind and matter will find this discussion provocative and rewarding."
Lectures by a renowned mathematician and physicist on the connections of relativity and quantum theory (the science of the very large and the very small), with an eye to understanding the nature of the mind. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1997

"A provocative look at some of the central questions about what makes us human; strongly recommended."
How do organisms whose behavior is apparently determined by ``selfish genes'' become social beings, let alone altruists and saints? Read full book review >
FANFARE FOR EARTH by Jr. McSween
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1997

"While nothing in science is ever the last word, this finely argued and well-written volume can be expected to stand as an excellent summary of what science knows about the Earth on the threshold of the 21st century."
Those who see geology as the dullest of sciences overlook the likes of McSween, who shows his style in this sprightly treatment of the origin of Earth. Read full book review >
GROOMING, GOSSIP, AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE by Robin Dunbar
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Where else could you learn that it takes a village to grow a neocortex or that, to reproduce the best genes, women network and men advertise?"
Fascinating theories and cogent insights into why and how we use language, as learned from our simian relatives. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1997

"But Jourdain knows enough to keep us listening."
A layman's primer on the psychology and history of the human response to music. Read full book review >
THIS IS BIOLOGY by Ernst Mayr
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Faced with this didactic piece, let us hope that there is still more to come from Mayr—an autobiography or at least a glimpse of the life and times of one of biology's greats."
Here is the doyen of systematics/taxonomy—a biologist who has witnessed the major revolutions in the field in the 20th century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >