Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"This is altogether more subjective, simplifying, and, finally, unconvincing."
Tilby, who produced a series called Soul for the BBC (to be seen in the US on the Learning Channel), here uses her findings from that program as the basis for a personal odyssey through the sometimes conflicting claims of Christianity and science. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As Honderich would have it, whether you read his book is not a matter of choice. Nonetheless, recommended for those with well- muscled brains."
Honderich (Philosophy/University College, London) ponders an age-old question—are we free agents or pawns of unknown forces?—and winds up embracing determinism. Read full book review >

DINOSAUR HUNTERS by David A.E. Spalding
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

Solid and engrossing history of collecting the Big Ones (and their little brethren), by a science writer and museum advisor. Read full book review >
BLACK HOLES AND BABY UNIVERSES by Stephen Hawking
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"This will sell."
Superstar physicist Hawking—whose A Brief History of Time (1988) is ensconsed in the Guinness Book of Records for having had the longest bestseller-run in English-language history—returns with 11 essays and one interview, covering matters autobiographical, scientific, and philosophical. Read full book review >
FEAR OF PHYSICS by Lawrence M. Krauss
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Less a guide for the perplexed than a theoretical introduction to the weirdness and beauty of the universe."
Physics made easy this is not. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

An often interesting and provocative—though sometimes obvious and, finally, unconvincing—historical exploration of humanity's relationship to machines. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Engaging and informative—but whether Stock turns out to be starry-eyed dreamer or hard-headed prophet remains to be seen. (Photographs and line drawings—not seen)"
A surprise from bestselling novelty-book author Stock (The Book of Questions, 1987, etc.): a jolting but seductively hopeful perspective on the future of human beings when the species is viewed—along with its culture, fellow species, and technology—as a superorganism. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"The author's call to arms hasn't many specifics, but his conviction and sincerity are relayed with power, and his gentle reflectiveness may well outlast the brassiest battle cry."
Freyfogle (Law/University of Illinois) joins the burgeoning chorus calling for a new land ethic—a new ecovision—before Earth's slow decline reaches the point of no return. Read full book review >
SELF-MADE MAN by Jonathan Kingdon
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Thought-provoking, information-packed fare for general readers as well as paleoanthropology buffs. (One hundred photos, maps, and drawings, including sketches by Kingdon of humans of various races and cultures, showcasing the diversity of the species.)"
Kingdon (Zoology/Oxford) examines human evolution with the idea that—beginning with the earliest stone axes and sharpened sticks—technology has been part of the human environment and, therefore, has influenced evolution. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"There's no deep revelation of the spirit of America here, but the ride is good fun, and the characters and dialogue are as alluring as in many novels. (Eight pages of b&w photographs, map- -not seen)"
Cosmopolitan columnist Kurtz (Mantalk, 1987, etc.) chronicles her voyage of discovery made by criss-crossing the country on Greyhound buses. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Unlike many well-intentioned books on the subject, this is cogent, clear, jargon free—a pleasure to read."
A provocative, intelligent defense of the science of ``enomics''—defined as a new and growing set of links between ``green'' thinking and corporate profitability—by Silverstein (The Environmental Factor, 1989—not reviewed), former advisor to the Clinton/Gore campaign. Read full book review >
THE GREAT POWER-LINE COVER-UP by Paul Brodeur
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Vigorous and persuasive reporting, backed by impressive research."
Brodeur continues to sound the urgent alarm he's rung in Currents of Death (1989) and elsewhere about the dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by power lines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >