Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 162)

Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"It's a satisfying picture, but Dick deserves more authoritative, less worshipful editing than he receives from Sutin."
A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1995

"Cone also does his book—not to mention the salmon- -a disservice by muting his clear conservationist sympathies under an awkward, ill-fitting cloak of reportorial detachment. (Photos, not seen)"
A weighty, cautionary tale about the Pacific salmon: 50 million years in the making, a handful of decades in the unmaking. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 13, 1995

Osserman addresses all those humanities lovers who, in high school or college, screwed up their brows in consternation when confronted by a differential equation and said, ``Why do I need to know that?'' Evangelizing on behalf of mathematics, Osserman (Mathematics/Stanford; Deputy Director of the Mathematical Science Research Center at Berkeley) does without formulas, instead offering a broad survey of the history of mathematics and an account of how abstract mathematical thinking led to revolutions in physics and technological knowledge. Read full book review >
BEING DIGITAL by Nicholas Negroponte
Released: Feb. 3, 1995

"Negroponte brings decades of experience to his subject, but it's all for naught; his book is a muddle of retread cyber-hype and familiar predictions, relieved only by occasional flashes of original insight. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
Negroponte—founder of MIT's groundbreaking Media Lab—offers a brief, rambling survey of the digitization of culture that's not nearly as original as one might expect. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"We are left with a detailed but superficial review of the important findings of several modern archaeologists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 26 line drawings)"
In a whirlwind tour of 13 archaeological sites around the world, Fagan's sleepy, fact-heavy narrative fails to present major scientific discoveries as much more than the sum of their plodding details. Read full book review >

EROS AND EVOLUTION by Richard E. Michod
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Sure to spark a lively debate."
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Wise words from a highly qualified observer of humanity past and present."
A refreshing appraisal of the state of the science of human origins. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"They have names like Blois, Esclimont, and Montigny-Le- Ganelon—just three of the 34 chÉteaux covered by Binney, formerly of Country Life and currently architectural correspondent for The Times."
Their empires are gone, their royalty have been variously beheaded or imprisoned in the pages of tabloids, their Olympic teams are routinely humiliated by squads from the New and Third Worlds—but France and England still have some really big houses. Read full book review >
VITAL DUST by Christian de Duve
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Withal, the reader cannot help but share de Duve's sense of joy and wonder at the chance and necessity that have created life on earth."
A panoramic view of life on earth from a Nobel laureate in physiology and Rockefeller University professor emeritus. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"The photos and illustrations (many in color) are handsome, but they can only enhance, never compete with, the drama of Wright's words."
As the articles, speeches, interviews, and books included here attest, the 1940s was a busy and honor-filled decade for America's most famous architect: Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax administration building were completed; the American Institute of Architects awarded him its Gold Medal; and he was commissioned to design New York's Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A bleak reckoning of the potential price of progress that will strike many observers as longer on ardor than analysis. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A professional alarmist's attention-grabbing, albeit overstated, appraisal of a brave new world in which demand for labor could fall ruinously short of supply. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A do-better lecture from an ivory-tower tenant, marred his inability to analyze, let alone explain, the ideals he professes and the institutions he challenges."
An academic's murky, meandering, and tedious case for the arguable proposition that America's learned professions should pay more systematic attention to the common weal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >