Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"A vivid, clearly written account of cutting-edge science that should appeal to general audiences."
The senior science writer for Time summarizes current scientific evidence for the presence of life beyond Earth. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Both highly readable and enlightening'science made simple, not simplistic."
A researcher into primate behavior has turned her Ph.D. thesis on Theory of Mind in chimpanzees into an engaging look at how we humans understand what is going on in each others' minds. Read full book review >

TIME by Clifford A. Pickover
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1998

"In spite of the overly cute narrative form, this could serve as an entertaining introduction to modern scientific principles for bright students as well as adults."
A playful introduction to modern physics from a Discovery magazine columnist. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 23, 1998

"In this case the audience can and should include students of all ages. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection)"
In 1963—two years before he got the Nobel Prize—Feynman was asked to deliver three lectures to a lay audience at the University of Washington. Read full book review >
WONDERS AND THE ORDER OF NATURE, 1150-1750 by Lorraine Daston
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 16, 1998

"An informed and original look at the role of wonder during a time when there was a whole lot to wonder about. (114 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Historians of science Daston (Harvard) and Park's (Max Planck Inst.) sweeping investigation into the place of wonder and wonders in natural philosophy and history—from the High Middle Ages to the Enlightenment—is dense with erudition and pleasingly light on its scholarly feet. Read full book review >

TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE by Athena Andreadis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 15, 1998

"An entertaining book that deserves an audience well beyond sci-fi fandom."
A Harvard biologist explains the real science behind the popular sci-fi TV show. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 7, 1998

"His wonderful description of the emergence and proliferation of life on earth combines the vision of a scientist with an intimate knowledge of the fossil record with the insight of a scholar for masterful interpretation. (24 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
The story of the creatures great and small who have graced the planet then and now, and of the scientists who have studied them, marvelously told by a senior paleontologist at London's Natural History Museum. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 6, 1998

"Highly recommended."
A leading Danish science writer argues that our conscious mental processes are only the surface aspect of the mind. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"But do credit Zimmer with this scholarly disquisition on two of evolution's most absorbing transformations."
Points to Zimmer, a senior editor at Discover magazine, for tackling unplowed ground in popular paleontology: no less than the movement of life from sea to land (over 350 million years ago) and the later reverse migration as land mammals returned to the sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"As a careful analysis of what's really going on, it falls short. (illustrations, not seen)"
A feel-good guide to doing business in the post-industrial age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A story of a little known American achievement that played an essential role in containing hostilities during the Cold War. (63 b&w photos, 13 line illustrations, not seen)"
A history of the top secret CORONA spy satellite missions (not officially revealed until 1992), believed by many experts to be the most important modern development in intelligence gathering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >