Science & Technology Book Reviews

A SPACE TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM by Mark Thompson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Thompson is a knowledgeable and capable guide, but his many fans may prefer to stick to his TV shows."
The popular host of the BBC's award-winning Stargazing Live takes readers on an imaginary journey throughout our solar system. Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >

InstaFame Exposed by Jay Titan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An intriguing glimpse into how to thrive among Instagram Goliaths."
A bodybuilder and personal trainer who leveraged Instagram for promotion and profit shares tips and tricks on using the tool in this debut how-to guide. Read full book review >
The Seven Deadly Misconceptions by Mohanlal Habib
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 13, 2016

"An unpersuasive argument for overturning mainstream science's understanding of the universe."
An outsider challenges the fundamental underpinnings of modern physics. Read full book review >
Infinite Universe by Maciej B. Szymanski
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 10, 2016

"A detailed argument for a steady-state model of the universe."
Physicist Szymanski makes an argument for a fixed universe in this debut work of scientific theory. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"A panoramic but fractured effort to find a compromise between faith and reason."
A book attempts to justify the existence of the Christian God on the basis of modern science. Read full book review >
ANGELIC MUSIC by Corey Mead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mead keeps the current swift, removing rough rocks that might disrupt our pleasant, engaging trip downstream with him."
The genesis, rise, fall, and rise again of Benjamin Franklin's mid-18th-century rub-the-glasses device, whose enormous popularity led to wild claims about both its salutary and detrimental effects on listeners. Read full book review >
QBISM by Hans Christian von Baeyer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"QBism remains controversial, but scientifically inclined readers will share von Baeyer's enthusiasm and come away with a feeling, if not a deep understanding, of quantum phenomena that doesn't require suspension of disbelief."
"There is a strangeness about quantum mechanics that is rooted not in its mathematical complexity but in the paradoxes and enigmas that have bedeviled it from birth." Since that birth 90 years ago, scientists regularly explain quantum physics, in all its weirdness, to the general public. Here's the latest. Read full book review >
Marijuana by Jack Isler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 23, 2016

"A comprehensive and chemistry-based argument for the medical application of pot."
A former ICU physician discusses the positive and negative aspects of marijuana in this work of nonfiction. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Of rarefied interest, to be sure, but with much to say about how the brain works at the interface of thought and language."
From Joan of Arc to Brian Wilson, throughout history, people have reported hearing voices in their heads. But where do they come from? Read full book review >
THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS by Tim Wu
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Forget subliminal seduction: every day, we are openly bought and sold, as this provocative book shows."
When something online is free, then the product being sold is you. Wu (Columbia Law School; The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, 2010) elaborates on that sobering note. Read full book review >
WHAT THE LUCK? by Gary Smith
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A welcome, widely applicable follow-up to the author's equally useful first book."
Another delightful addition to the stuff-you-think-you-know-that's-wrong genre, á la Freakonomics, Outliers, and The Black Swan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >