Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

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 >
SILICON SNAKE OIL by Clifford Stoll
Released: April 1, 1995

"A staunch defender of library books and card catalogs, Stoll takes noble ideas and swamps them in a morass of overzealous grouching. (Author tour)"
A message for avid computer users from the author of The Cuckoo's Egg (1989): Get a life. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1995

"We can learn a lot from and about babies and children, and Morgan is a first-rate guide."
A highly readable treatise on human development—so good it can be recommended to any new or about-to-be ma (and pa). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, timely commentary on the manipulation of scientific inquiry in the interest of political ideology."
Policy, popular culture, and genetics meet in this intelligent critique of our society's search for easy answers. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"A good alternative to much true-crime ephemera. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A breezy, enjoyable, and informative collection of anecdotes by the FBI crime lab, by an enthusiastic if unskeptical fan. Read full book review >
RIVER OUT OF EDEN by Richard Dawkins
Released: March 29, 1995

"An excellent overview of the subject."
Dawkins (Zoology/Oxford Univ.) returns to the concerns of his The Blind Watchmaker (1986), presenting the case for Darwinian natural selection as the only reasonable explanation for biological diversity. Read full book review >
SKYGODS by Robert Gandt
Released: March 21, 1995

"With a full ration of fine yarns from the cockpit and flight line, a genial requiem for a once consequential heavyweight."
A veteran pilot's affectionate, anecdotal take on the slow death of Pan American World Airways, which, in the unsentimental language of the trade, went ``Tango Uniform'' (``tits up'') at the end of 1991. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Well written, exhaustively researched, and filled with the human stories of the scientists, the doctors, and the patients whose only hope is this new field of medicine."
Adapted from the authors' Pulitzer Prizewinning series for the Chicago Tribune, a detailed look at the cutting edge of medical research: attacking disease by repairing inherited flaws in the cells of the human body. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

A prolific popularizer of science, Davies (Physics/Univ. of Adelaide, Australia; The Matter Myth, 1992, etc.) gives a broad survey of concepts of time, a subject he has become intimately acquainted with in his research. 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 >