Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"More a monograph than a fully realized history but, still, a well-documented revisionist rebuke to those who would isolate Nazism as a unique phenomenon."
Narrowly focused yet chillingly effective indictment of the American scientists and social theorists who inspired and applauded Nazi racist ideology. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Multifaceted, and glittering with drama and wit. (B&w photographs, line drawings)"
The ancient alchemists sought for gold, but the new alchemists have found diamonds—in nearly unlimited quantities, and just a good squeeze away—reports Hazen (Science/George Mason University; coauthor, Science Matters, 1992, etc.) in this sparkling gem of technological history. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Lots of fascinating lore—but by the fifth or sixth catastrophe, readers may be reaching for a bromide."
Ten ``what-if'' astronomical questions-and-answers comprise this clever effort by Comins (Astronomy and Physics/Univ. of Maine), who writes often for Astronomy magazine. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 1993

"An ambitious and provocative call to greater awareness, marred by sometimes tortuous turns of expression and thought."
A stimulating, though not elegantly expressed, vision of the evolution of the cosmos—and of our role in its future. Read full book review >
WRINKLES IN TIME by George Smoot
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

A nova-burst of fine astronomy writing, as physicist Smoot and San Francisco Examiner science writer Davidson tell the story behind the discovery of the cosmic ``seeds,'' implanted by the Big Bang, that grew into galaxies, planets, and us. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"Suffused with the sense of wonder that unites the wide-eyed child and the white-haired Nobel laureate: an uncommonly good collection. (Twenty illustrations)"
Twenty-four shapely essays, most drawn from American Scientist, by paleoichthyologist Thomson (Living Fossil, 1991), president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A magisterial study of an awesome and intriguing public career. (Photographs)"
In 1970, organic chemist, Harvard president, and nuclear- weapons mandarin Conant published a ponderous and unrevealing autobiography, My Several Lives. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Okay science popularizing—but nearly indistinguishable from dozens of other books on the subject."
From physicist and science writer Morris (The Edges of Science, 1990, etc.): a nontechnical introduction to recent developments in cosmology. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Rheingold's central point is that there's a revolution taking place on-line; with this thoughtful, supportive critique, he's continuing his fair bid to be its Tom Paine."
An enthusiastic tour of cyberspace by one of its pioneers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A one-sided, rather stiff telling of a tale that—as a paradigm of grass-roots activism—has needed to be told: Now, if only a Roger Caras or a Cleveland Amory would tell it again, with style. (Photographs—not seen)"
Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"The very fact that she and others have enriched the record by their scholarly exposÇs, however, offers hope for the future."
Much has been written about discrimination against women in science, including assertions that brain size and temperament precluded their ability to study and succeed. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

In a readable departure from the mass of business books, technological futurist Burrus invites seven fictional characters to enjoy a week of after-dinner card games, where they learn profitably to use his business axioms and predictions by playing them as winning cards in a postindustrial form of poker. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >