Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A feast of detailed scholarship, anecdote, and reflections- -touching on a crucial but neglected theme in the development of the western intellectual tradition."
A scholarly survey of how the concept of ``secret'' assisted the development of experimental science from ancient times until the 17th century. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of space flight: well written, full of fascinating characters and facts, and above all worthy of its subject. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
For the 25th anniversary of the first moon landing, a winning and detailed account of the Apollo astronauts, a dozen of whom were the first human beings to walk on the face of the moon. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 31, 1994

"Written for the general, but not the casual, reader, this work's extensive chapter notes on Kagan's methodology make it especially valuable to psychologists and psychiatrists."
A perceptive look at changing ideas about temperament, plus some strong opinions about the implications of current concepts. Read full book review >
INSTALLATION ART by Nicholas de Oliveira
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 19, 1994

"However, the book makes an important and useful reference point and a good start toward understanding an important facet of contemporary art."
This ambitious survey of the works of over 200 installation artists lacks a guiding rudder through the sea of pictorial information it presents. Read full book review >
THE HUBBLE WARS by Eric J. Chaisson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 18, 1994

The astrophysicist and author of The Life Era (1987) relates in characteristic deadpan fashion the tumultuous history of the ill-fated (if recently redeemed) Hubble Space Telescope project. ``Given both the unprecedented complexity of the vehicle on orbit and the idiosyncratic cast of human characters on the ground, it is a miracle that the Hubble Space Telescope works as well as it does,'' Chaisson states in this detailed and often bleakly humorous account of the super-telescope's trials. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 15, 1994

"There are lots of memorable lines, and telling, even funny anecdotes (don't miss the one about the barnacle that bit) that make this Weiner a winner. (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; History Book Club selection)"
An unusual and enjoyable look at the ongoing process of evolution. Read full book review >
UNIVERSE DOWN TO EARTH by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 5, 1994

"Well-written, authoritative, and almost always entertaining- -highly recommended."
Readers who find the physical sciences intimidating might profit from a look into this witty and accessible introduction to the foundations of modern science, with an emphasis on astronomy, by Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1994

"High marks for being both instructive and entertaining."
A demanding but rewarding report that illuminates what neurology can now tell us about the human brain. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN LIVED HERE by Abraham Pais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Those seeking a broad overview of Einstein's life will be better served elsewhere."
``Why is it that nobody understands me and everybody likes me?'' Albert Einstein reportedly asked the New York Times in 1944. Read full book review >
e: THE STORY OF A NUMBER by Eli Maor
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Pithy, punchy, and surprisingly accessible."
This book that dares to use ``e'' in its title is not for mathematicians only. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 22, 1994

"Zohar and Marshall offer the general reader a better introduction to contemporary science than to social philosophy while stretching the limit of fashionable interdisciplinary discussion."
In the high-spirited Up my Mother's Flagpole (1974), Zohar characterized her early life as a process of individuation and alienation. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 15, 1994

"Chapters on earthquake prediction, protein folding, DNA duplication, the search for the top quark, and the nature of the sun's deepest interior provide intriguing clues, if not the last roundup, on frontier science."
Capitalizing on an annual forum to showcase young investigators, the prestigious National Academy of Sciences is publishing science-writer versions of ``frontier'' research in 10 fields ranging from particle physics to AIDS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >