Books by Richard Panek

THE AUTISTIC BRAIN by Temple Grandin
Released: April 30, 2013

"An illuminating look at how neuroscience opens a window into the mind."
Grandin (Animal Science/Colorado State Univ.; Different…Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger's, and ADHD, 2012, etc.), whose life has been an inspiration to millions, warns parents, teachers and therapists of the danger of getting locked into diagnostic labels. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"Panek delivers vivid sketches of scientists, lucid explanations of their work and revealing descriptions of the often stormy rivalry that led to this scientific revolution, usually a media cliché, but not in this case."
A superior account of how astronomers discovered that they knew almost nothing about 96 percent of the universe. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"At times, Panek seems determined to force the two men's careers into identical patterns, citing minor similarities as if they were proof of deep connections. Even so, the light he sheds on the historical context of their discoveries makes for fascinating reading."
A century ago, Einstein and Freud revolutionized science—largely, argues science writer Panek, by looking for hidden causes behind the surface of their respective disciplines. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A good brief history of scientific astronomy, with the focus where it belongs—on the instruments that have brought us the knowledge of the stars."
Every invention changes the world a little bit, but the telescope did far more than thatóit changed the way we perceive the universe. Read full book review >
Released: July 9, 1995

"Well written, but too much behind-the-scenes and background stuff and not enough baseball."
In a frustrating parallel to the national pastime's recent history, Panek's exhaustive look at the Class A Diamonds' 1992 season spends more time in meeting rooms than in the locker room or on the field. Read full book review >