Science & Technology Book Reviews

Einstein's Lost Key by Alexander Unzicker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"A passionate but disconnected treatise whose adversarial tone makes for an ultimately unpleasant reading experience."
A physicist argues for one of Albert Einstein's abandoned ideas in this defense of a road less traveled. Read full book review >
PEAK by Anders Ericsson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead."
Challenging the notion that talent is innate. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Easy-to-read, up-to-date information on the latest research into pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood."
The latest scientific findings on child-rearing from pregnancy through toddlerhood. Read full book review >
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2016

"After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same."
Intrigued by the search for intelligent life? No need for space travel—it's happening right here on Earth, and the results are amazing. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sprawling and sometimes unruly, Geissinger's narrative still offers a perceptive early look at the volatile present and seemingly inevitable future of 'crypto-currency.'"
Enthusiastic overview of the "virtual currency" known as Bitcoin, focused on its complex technology and the outsized personalities who have advanced it. Read full book review >

 Transformative Enterprise Architecture  by Atul Apte
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 24, 2015

"A searching look into the evolving world of IT enterprises, despite unfortunately hyper-technical language.
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An attempt to prepare organizations for a new business culture of rapid change. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 28, 2016

"Sometimes dry, sometimes undercooked, but a useful snapshot of the rising new service economy—of considerable interest to students of business."
An exploration of "a simple-sounding yet transformative concept that is radically changing business, the economy, and society at large." Read full book review >
THE MIND CLUB by Daniel M. Wegner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 22, 2016

"Complex science lightly delivered; a pleasure for anyone comfortable with the thought that knowing others' minds will improve our own."
Do the dead have thoughts? The late Harvard psychology professor Wegner (The Illusion of Conscious Will, 2002, etc.), assisted by neuroscientist Gray (Mind Perception and Morality/Univ. of North Carolina), ponders that ethereal question and much more.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 8, 2016

"An authoritative account of the challenges facing progressives wishing to fuse better governance with economic justice."
An energetic if grim discussion of inequality and the coming era of underemployment, viewed through the lens of the forgotten American progressive narrative. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 19, 2016

"A readable book sure to charm and thrill anyone interested in space exploration."
Renowned geologist and lunar scientist Spudis (Blogging the Moon, 2011, etc.) makes a compelling argument that the moon's many available resources may jump-start mankind's pursuit of space travel.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Williams delivers a complex tale about a complex disease, and by sharing a narrative rich in detail, personalities, and New York scenes, she will ease the burdens of those immediately affected and inform others of progress in cancer research."
Who would have thought a book about being diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma could be exhilarating and entertaining? Read full book review >
A Hole in Science by Ted Christopher
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 6, 2015

"An unusual combination of rigor and implausibility."
An unconventional reconsideration of the materialism that dominates modern science. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >