Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A thoughtful, instructive survey on what may lie ahead on a winding road that's still under construction."
A down-to-earth guide to the digital revolution (a.k.a. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The opening of a Gonzalez-Crussi essay gives few hints as to where it may wander, but the journey is always rewarding."
More graceful, erudite, and mind-expanding essays from Gonzalez-Crussi (Pathology/ Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Univ.; The Day of the Dead, 1993, etc.), this time accompanied by haunting, beautiful color photographs of skeletons, skulls, medical specimens, and anatomical models. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"Breezily written and full of fascinating characters and facts, here's a science book as enjoyable as any novel."
The subtitle here tells the reader exactly what the book is about; what it doesn't say is how much fun it is to read. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Don't add this to the list of useless whatchamacallits that Popeil has already bamboozled you into obtaining. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This autobiography of the inventor and pitchman of Mr. Microphone and the Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator has virtually nothing to say, and its amusing moments are primarily of the laughing-at rather than laughing-with variety. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"Eloquently argued and rigorously supported by scientific evidence, this is a powerful document in the fight to preserve our natural heritage while there is still time. (20 b&w photos and line drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here's a sobering look at the human race's impact on its environment, from the authors of Origins (1977) and Origins Reconsidered (1992). Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 2, 1995

"A nontheological approach to a profoundly theological question that is both exciting and inevitably limited."
Friedman (Hebrew and Comp. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This is an important and accessible contribution to recent forest-ecology literature, and required reading for all federal and state officials. (25 illustrations, 3 figures, 4 maps)"
As presented by Langston (Environmental Studies/Univ. of Wisconsin), it is no idle metaphor to state that federal forest managers could not see the forest for the trees in pursuit of an efficient means of harvesting timber in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Deloria should have stuck to his fundamentalist guns; his attempt to fight science with science is a dismal failure."
The first of a proposed trilogy attacking Western science, religion, and government. Read full book review >
DOMINION by Niles Eldredge
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Makes sense, but is anyone outside the members of the choir listening?"
The latest on human evolution from our man at New York City's American Museum of Natural History (Dept. of Invertebrates), who views the future with alarm. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Overall, Restak has managed a remarkable sweep of information in a short book: proving that if you lay down your anatomical landmarks in advance, you can lead the reader to some very exciting and promising brain(land)scapes. (15 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An orthodox approach that works. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Overall, their enthusiasm marks the authors as true believers that the efforts of mankind (yes, mostly men) to take on complexity, achieving both beauty and order, will succeed. (8-page color insert, not seen)"
From the English team that brought you The Arrow of Time (1991), more on the general theme that the most interesting things in life are nonlinear, asymmetric, chaotic, and complexin short, not user-friendly, but perhaps computable. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"As such, one can pick and choose among the arguments Shreeve fully and fairly presentsor come up with a view of one's own."
``Enigma Variations'' might be a better title to this compendium of conjectures on the where, when, and why of human origins. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >