Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Scattered, but charming."
A fond description of America's premier fossil site. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Well written and illuminating."
A detailed history, not so much of the genome as of genetics itself. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2004

"A diffusive, but always interesting, exploration of science in the law."
Law is more art than science. Yet the law adds to and subtracts from its knowledge base, like science, and relies on scientific findings for guidance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A playful, rewarding jaunt through the brain's chemical realities and emotional intangibles."
A search for how the brain works, and where it ends and the mind begins. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A highly provocative work of popular science."
Can human nature be reduced to a set of laws that can then be used to organize society? By this intriguing account, many a physicist is now exploring such a question. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Eulogistic and very personal treatment of a world to itself, full of incident and lovely as a Whistler nocturne."
A magical tour of night's great landmarks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2004

"Still, despite its flaws, a fascinating story."
The relationship between Brahe and Kepler, two of the giants of astronomy, has long been known to be stormy, but did it end in murder? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Thoroughly readable, evenhanded, and well documented."
A brisk survey of the origins and development of modern biology's key idea. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2004

"A sequel, please."
The creation of the American media, that is—a process that, as argued here, helped forward the country's rise as an economic and political power. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2004

"Able retelling of an epic adventure the 20th century has all but forgotten"
Longtime book-publishing exec Helferich debuts with the chronicle of a journey so arduous it makes the Lewis and Clark expedition seem like a mere excursion. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2004

"Highly readable: a fine complement to Tom Crouch's recent Wings: A History of Aviation, from Kites to the Space Age (2003), and likely to be required reading at the Air Force Academy in years to come."
A well-rendered history of the technological and institutional transformations that have made the air a place for ground warriors to fear. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >