Science & Technology Book Reviews

LIFE ON THE EDGE by Johnjoe McFadden
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 28, 2015

"McFadden and Al-Khalili give sure footing to the anything-goes bafflement of quantum theory, making it approachable even for neophytes."
Notes toward an understanding of quantum mechanics' part in biological processes. Read full book review >
APPLIED MINDS by Guru Madhavan
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Madhavan is a less engaging writer than Henry Petroski, who covers much the same ground, but he provides a readable survey for would-be engineers and those seeking to understand them."
Want to be an engineer? Then learn to think like one, especially by learning how to see structure where chaos abounds. Read full book review >

UNIQUELY HUMAN by Barry M. Prizant
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A truly impactful, necessary book."
A remarkable new approach to autism. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A provocative examination of deep questions—not easy reading but worth sticking with, if only for the fascinating case studies."
Psychology and philosophy intersect in a study of mental states that raises the question of what we refer to when we say "myself." Read full book review >
UPSIDE by Jim Rendon
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Rendon offers not just a spoonful of medicine, but also a furtherance of works by Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and his new, revitalized acquaintances."
Journalist Rendon examines the question of how trauma changes people, reshaping their lives and senses of self. Read full book review >

ALPHA DOCS by Daniel Muñoz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Muñoz offers little turning of new ground in what has become a fertile genre, but the book is enjoyably idiosyncratic and elucidative."
From physician Muñoz, a chronicle of becoming a doctor at the extremely demanding Johns Hopkins cardiology program. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE MACHINE by Megan Prelinger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Sophisticated in its grasp of science and technological history but also accessible to general readers."
A highly original cultural history of 20th-century technology examined through the lens of commercial art. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"A consistently fine appreciation of the medical maverick who, as much as any other, helped make the Space Age possible."
An author specializing in aviation tells the remarkable, almost-forgotten story of an aerospace pioneer. Read full book review >
NEUROTRIBES by Steve Silberman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In the foreword, Oliver Sacks writes that this 'sweeping and penetrating history…is fascinating reading' that 'will change how you think of autism.' No argument with that assessment."
A well-researched, readable report on the treatment of autism that explores its history and proposes significant changes for its future. Read full book review >
IN THE MIND FIELDS by Casey Schwartz
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Schwartz does not provide all the answers, but her highly readable report raises intriguing questions about the limitations and the futures of both psychoanalysis and neuroscience."
Can psychoanalysis and neuroscience, each with its own distinct methods, one subjective, one objective, make peace with one another? Can the mind be understood by looking closely into the brain? Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A guide to museums where the original fossils or high-quality reproductions are housed and more than 150 illustrations accompany Prothero's lively account of the science and politics that shaped the rich history of these discoveries."
How the discoveries of 25 fossils provide links in the chain of evolution that confirm Charles Darwin's primary thesis. Read full book review >
MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE by John Markoff
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Despite flaws, this should appeal as an earnest attempt to parse the future impact of these radical advances."
An examination of philosophies undergirding the impending future of driverless cars and mobile robots. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >