Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

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 >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"What he does—and does well—is convey the richness of the material world and the ingenuity of humankind in making use of it."
Remember when you learned about the Stone Age, followed by Bronze and Iron? Read full book review >
ECOVIEWS by Whit Gibbons
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 25, 1998

"These are enthralling regional tidbits, the kind of stuff that makes readers yearn for more, for the big picture. (illustrations, not seen)"
Musings on the environment, particularly that of the southeastern US, delivered with an easy fireside manner, from the Gibbonses (he's author of Their Blood Runs Cold, not reviewed; she's a freelance editor). Read full book review >
BECOMING HUMAN by Ian Tattersall
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 23, 1998

The latest entry into the who-are-we-and- where-did-we-come-from debate is from Tattersall (The Fossil Trail, 1995, etc.), the highly regarded fossil expert and curator of the department of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Reading this, straphangers will gain a little compassion for subway conductors—and maybe stop whacking them on the head."
The subway conductor—the man or woman, in a tiny compartment in the train's middle car, whose head emerges when the train stops in a station—is the one who bear the brunt of harried commuters' dissatisfaction with the vagaries of New York City's transit system. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Compulsive reading, reminiscent of Jared Diamond, from a scientist who knows his stuff and communicates it well. (Author tour)"
A fast-paced account for the general reader of the growing body of research into the genes that drive human behavior. 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 >