Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Reading this, straphangers will gain a little compassion for subway conductors—and maybe stop whacking them on the head."
The subway conductor—the man or woman, in a tiny compartment in the train's middle car, whose head emerges when the train stops in a station—is the one who bear the brunt of harried commuters' dissatisfaction with the vagaries of New York City's transit system. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Compulsive reading, reminiscent of Jared Diamond, from a scientist who knows his stuff and communicates it well. (Author tour)"
A fast-paced account for the general reader of the growing body of research into the genes that drive human behavior. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Plentiful diagrams and practical examples give the nontechnical reader an insight into Hogan's often complex arguments, but the computer-literate are the most natural audience for this challenging exploration."
A survey of the current state of computer intelligence research, from a science-fiction writer (The Immortality Option, 1995, etc.) whose novels have often dealt with the subject. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers willing to brave his messy exposition will find food for thought in Rifkin's book, but getting to it requires a lot of work. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
Scattershot doomsaying from a noted alarmist. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music of the spheres reinterpreted to a New Age beatwith a short course in astronomy thrown in. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A Renaissance woman equates the Big Bang of interstellar expansion with the bang of sexual explosion. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Stewart makes his case in fascinating detail and with an easy, readable style that should make this material accessible to a wide range of readers. (100 drawings and photos, not seen)"
Spectacular as the advances in genetics have been, the DNA molecule tells only part of the scientific story of life; much of the rest, this work argues, is built upon physical and mathematical principles only now being recognized. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A provocative subject well considered by a talented journalist."
From National Magazine Awardwinning journalist Wright (Remembering Satan, 1994, etc.), a survey of twin research that is adding fresh fuel to the old argument over nature versus nurture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fans of popular-science writing and Arctic buffs alike will learn much from Arms's adventure. (Author tour)"
A tale of science and discovery on the high, frozen seas. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Lively and well written, offering a good sense not only of the intriguing first bird, but of the way science works."
An anthropologist (Penn State Univ.) examines one of the most famous fossil organisms ever discovered, and discusses its meaning in the ongoing debates about evolution. Read full book review >
CLONE by Gina Kolata
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"All the more reason the book should appeal to readers who want to learn the facts and think for themselves. (Author tour)"
Not a quickie to exploit the news sensation of the year, Kolata's review of the before-during-and-aftermath of the cloning of a Scottish sheep is a well-researched account of critical events in the history of embryology and developmental biology. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A veritable textbook thoroughly disguised as a diversion. (8 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A scientist with the knack of transforming the complex and abstract into the simple and concrete engagingly explains what science now knows about memory. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Michael White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"White effectively sets the details of Newton's career against the larger canvas of the history of ideas, and this may be the first clear exposition of the full complexity of this brilliant and enigmatic figure."
The title gives the slant of this impressive new biography, which emphasizes Newton's intellectual debt to his predecessors. 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 >