Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A valuable and clearheaded primer."
The literal, political, and moral abomination of nuclear weapons are made abundantly clear by a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq—and a longtime fixture on the nuclear-disarmament scene, who suggests actions that would move us toward their eradication. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2000

"Engaging content desperately needing of a more inventive, less procrustean presentation. (100 b&w illustrations)"
A fascinating, though flatly presented, illustrated catalogue of inventions, arranged by decade. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 2000

"An accessible and interesting new view of the distant past."
A well-rendered tale of scientific detective work and scholarly controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2000

"The best work on this subject is Steven Levy's Artificial Life (1992), although it's getting long in the tooth. Ward covers the same ground and features the same colorful characters, but lacks pictures and diagrams to illustrate difficult concepts. Read Levy first."
Scientists are using computers and robots to mimic the behavior of living organisms. In the process they claim to be discovering the processes that gave rise to life itself and drove evolution. They might be right. Read full book review >
TRILOBITE! by Richard Fortey
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2000

"Fortey's 'unabashedly trilobito-centric view of the world' is a wonderful, mind-boggling treat, disclosing an evolution of life and landscape as seen through a stone that is more compelling that most living creatures. (40 illustrations & 16 pp. photographs, not seen)"
Everybody's favorite stone creature from the Lower Paleozoic gets tender, revelatory treatment from British paleontologist Fortey (Life, 1998). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A solid work of science journalism."
Did Mars once have an ocean? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A perky exploration of the semiotics of video games—if that's what readers have been waiting for."
Despite its title, this is not a diatribe against video games, but rather a history that finds unappreciated nuances and aesthetic importance in them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A valuable overview of the amazing new worlds uncovered by astronomy, by some of the best science writers in the business."
From the pages of the New York Times, a collection of reports from the farthest frontiers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2000

"An important, readable work that asks the driver to observe the speed limits, turn off the cell phone, and put both hands on the wheel."
A far-reaching examination of our institutions and issues, from the economy to government to ecology, and the challenge of overcoming problems as fast as we can create them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"Readable and thought-provoking, if flawed by its underemphasis on the physical sciences."
An admirable attempt—the first in a series—to put some of the best new ideas in science into one volume. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"Readers who struggle through Sokal's essay will be relieved to find the rest of the book lucid, readable, and positively stimulating."
An academic trade hournal's account of a publishing hoax that shook the academy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"In a short account, Berlinski has wrought an astonishing synthesis—a sort of essential Newton for those not fearing to tread in mathematical waters."
An exuberant, enlightening account of Newtonian mechanics by Princeton mathematician turned mystery novelist and essayist (The Body Shop, 1996, etc.). 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 >