Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1999

"A fascinating and insightful account of the two co-inventors of the world's first computer, written in a succinct style that will capture and sustain the interest of even the least technically sophisticated reader. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A fluid history of the achievements and the controversies surrounding the design and building of the world's first digital computer. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1999

"These three self-proclaimed believers have actually debunked every paranormal abduction phenomenon with a well-reasoned terrestrial explanation. (Radio satellite tour)"
A well-written anti-abduction perspective on alien encounters that systematically examines and refutes each argument used by abduction proponents. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1999

"A good introduction to the history of a science on the cutting edge."
One of the newest scientific specialties has as its subject the oldest living things: the unbelievably ancient fossils of the Pre-Cambrian period. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1999

"A litany of scientific institutions and belief systems from ancient to modern times, Servants of Nature supplies trivia on a variety of topics, without providing the reader with a coherent thesis. (12 illustrations, not seen)"
This volume presents an amalgam of historical and philosophical discussions, from the founding of the first scientific societies in the 17th century, to whether the end of the 20th century is more influenced by postmodernism or relativity. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Remarkably free of techno-jargon, this fascinating premillennium primer cautions readers about the many legal and ethical potholes awaiting those who venture into such uncharted territory."
A disturbing but insightful look at the brave new reproductive world that is dawning. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1999

COLLISION EARTH!The Threat from Outer Space: Meteorite and Comet ImpactsGrego, Peter Read full book review >
WHAT HER BODY THOUGHT by Susan Griffin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Close reading of this deceptively simple itinerary from Berkeley to Paris is required; stay with it—an extraordinary number of ideas from, birth to earth, are plowed and seeded."
This challenging and provocative chronicle of an illness reaches far beyond the author's symptoms to incorporate the romance of Camille, a child's abandonment, the body's relationship to nature and to history, money, poetry, the environment, democracy, and the loss of a certain kind of consciousness. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1999

"One doubts whether most feminists, like Fisher, will sleep easier at night in the belief that women's equality is thus assured."
A pat biological rationalization for the purportedly improving position of women under the economic conditions of global capitalism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1999

"He provides telling anecdotes that reveal the humor, quirks, frustration, anger, and rewards of being a scientist. (Book-of-the-Month Club dual main selection)"
It's a biography of a scientist, a summary of 20th-century genetics, and a fly's-eye (i.e., multifaceted) view of trends and controversies in biology—all told by an expert science writer with one Pulitizer Prize already to his credit (The Beak of the Finch, 1994). Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 30, 1999

"Once again, this talented author compellingly links a scientific discipline to the philosophical questions it raises about truth, reality, aesthetics, and metaphysics."
Los Angeles Times science writer Cole has found a niche writing in lyrical prose about basic concepts in physics and math for the layperson (The Universe and the Teacup, 1998). Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1999

"Adding to the book's value, however, are Dyson's authoritative commentaries on how past technologies have changed society and, as always, his exemplary prose style."
Just in time for the millennium, elder statesman Dyson (Physics/Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; From Eros to Gaia, 1992, etc.) sounds off on three technological revolutions that could radically transform human social arrangements—if we play our cards right. Read full book review >
THE MEME MACHINE by Susan Blackmore
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1999

"So, enjoy the imaginative leaps and some pithy summaries of current theories and controversies regarding human evolution, but don't substitute the meme bathwater for the gene baby just yet."
Richard Dawkins gave us "memes," the cultural analogue of genes; Blackmore gives us memes in spades—humans as meme machines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >