Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

Released: May 12, 1995

"An important evaluation of one of the key long-range threats to human survival, aimed at a popular audience but full of solid scientific data."
The recent impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy on Jupiter made the world aware of the potential for another worldwide disaster of the sort that purportedly killed off the dinosaurs; here an astronomer assesses the risks. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1995

"Readers had best be prepared to think long and hard about the points Dennett raises, but those who stay with the author will be amply rewarded for their efforts. (40 b&w line drawings) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/History Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
An explorationat a consistently high level of discourseof the implications of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, which extend far beyond biology. Read full book review >

HOW THINGS ARE by John Brockman
Released: May 1, 1995

"Varied and invigorating, these essays are a light, but not insubstantial, read."
An eclectic survey of contemporary scientific thought and attitudes. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"This work will leave readers feeling as though they are looking at the heavens through the wrong end of a telescope."
Though well-informed, this history of astronomy caters to the insider rather than the intrigued novice. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not a basic primer so much as an emperor's-new-clothes account of academic philosophy by a man who found meaning in his own life through a commitment to one who shared his concern for all humanity."
A fascinating memoir with an ending that will change many people's opinion about the Peck's bad boy of philosophy. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Because rival theories and friendly and not-so-friendly enemies abound in the pages, it is also an honest picture of science in the making."
A smîrgasbord for armchair intellectuals. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"It seems that the true meat of thought is here and not in the book they are responding to."
A searing response to the pseudo-science on the connection between race and intelligence put forth in the best-selling The Bell Curve by Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein (not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"An excellent examination of important issues in the biological sciences; a companion volume discussing the physical sciences in similar style and depth would be a welcome addition to the New York Review catalogue."
Based on a series of popular lectures at the New York Public Library, this collection features original essays by leading writers and thinkers in the sciences: Jonathan Miller, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel J. Kevles, R.C. Lewontin, and Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by Sylvia A. Earle
Released: April 19, 1995

"An urgent message, beautifully delivered. (32 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A riveting portrait, both chilling and inspiring, of our largest and most crucial natural resource. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 1995

"Despite the cheerleading, a clear and readable account of the new discipline's brief but exciting history. (16 b&w illustrations)"
Omni reporter Regis, who glanced at nanotechnology in Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition (1990), here turns to full-scale investigation of the subject. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Some nuggets here for philosophers of science, neuroscientists, mathematicians, and computer folks—but one wonders if maybe Cornwell didn't stack the deck a bit and if a different cast might have come up with a different consensus."
Erudite essays that explore the pros and cons of reductionism in science. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >