Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A blend of philosophy and physics that will stir both specialists and nonspecialists to think freshly about what is real."
A Nobel Prizewinning chemist bridges science and philosophy in explaining how chaos theory shows that time is real and determinism untenable. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S MIRROR by Tony Hey
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Handsomely illustrated, written with such sterling clarity that any reader can grasp the arguments, and thorough in its coverage, Einstein's Mirror is a model of science writing for a lay audience. (94 color plates, 156 halftones, 54 line diagrams, not seen)"
Einstein's theory of general relativity has had, as the authors of this layperson's guide to the theory note in something of an understatement, ``a profound impact on our modern view of the universe.'' Hey (Electronics/Univ. of Southampton, England) and Walters (Adult Continuing Education/Univ. of Wales, Swansea) go on to offer an admirably lucid, nontechnical, and impressively argued explanation of both what the theory means and how, since Einstein first formulated it, experiments have repeatedly proven him correct. Read full book review >

ECO HOMO by Noel T. Boaz
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 30, 1997

"Boaz's thought-provoking subject makes up for his sometimes clumsy prose style; worth a look by anyone interested in our origins and probable future."
An intensive exploration of our current knowledge of the ecological influences on human evolution. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 29, 1997

"Yellowstone's wonder, and he gives it one warm, all-embracing bear hug. (33 b&w photos, 2 maps)"
The wondrous and subtle cultural landscape of Yellowstone, and the powerful effect it has had on the human imagination, is lovingly detailed in this comprehensive, level-headed study from Schullery (The Bear Hunter's Century, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF CYBERSPACE by Jeff Zaleski
RELIGION
Released: July 1, 1997

"A concise, stimulating introduction to an increasingly intriguing part of Internet society."
A useful overview of the impact of religion on the Internet, offering lengthy, stimulating interviews with individuals active in Web culture. Read full book review >

DIGITAL MOSAICS by Steven Holtzman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1997

"The tone of disregard notwithstanding, this is, for the most part, a fun read with generally positive implications for the audiovisual arts. (illustrations, not seen)"
This study of the impact of emerging technologies on the arts is instructive and informative, but lapses into elitist ramblings by its end. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1997

Murray (who has the seemingly oxymoronic title of senior research scientist in humanities at MIT) has produced a provocative yet cautious meditation on the possibilities and ramifications of encounters between traditional literature, characterized by the Melancholy Dane, and emerging computer technologies, represented by the holodeck, a form of virtual reality enjoyed by characters on Star Trek. ``The computer is not the enemy of the book. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1997

"In sum, the authors provide a good answer to multiregionalism but kindle even more fires to spark future debates on who, what, and why we are. (55 illustrations)"
As surely as night follows day, one could expect a retort to the multiregional evolution of Homo sapiens as expounded by Milford Wolpoff et al. Read full book review >
HIJACKED by Dave Hirschman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1997

"A moving portrait of three quiet heroes."
The gripping record of a ``routine'' Federal Express fast- freight flight between Memphis and San Jose in April 1994 that went horribly wrong. Read full book review >
THE HUMAN BRAIN by Susan A. Greenfield
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 18, 1997

For the lay reader, a British scientist offers an enlightening look at the human brain and mind, clarifying what researchers now know and what difficult and tantalizing questions they are still struggling to answer. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 18, 1997

"Must reading for dinosaur fans."
A top dinosaur paleontologist spins wondrous tales about his fieldworkand ponders what it means. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 12, 1997

"It would be nice if everything worked out as the authors hope; but the prudent traveler into the future will be prepared to abandon his luggage more than once on the way to the year 2020. (Author tour)"
Here's the latest effort by two science writers who've made a career of forecasting the future of science and technology. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >