Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"Breezy, captivating, and gross: just the sort of thing to brighten a mystery buff's day."
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out. And so do a host of other nasty critters, says the noted British "maggotologist," that provide a wealth of data for students of murder and mayhem. Read full book review >
FUTURE EVOLUTION by Peter Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2001

"Then again, maybe not. Ward paints an intriguing picture, but it's still only one possible roll of the evolutionary dice."
A smoothly told, plausible 360-degree scan of the evolutionary horizon, from the deep past into the far future. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2001

"A cautionary tale of science gone terribly wrong."
Russian geneticist and ethicist Birstein takes a well-documented and highly disquieting tour through the abominations of Soviet science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Brings the science wars home for the lay reader by identifying the combatants, examining their goals, and exposing the strengths and weaknesses of their arguments."
A close analysis of the "science wars" examines the link between politics and epistemology. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Absorbing history—but, with the jargon of academic sociology, an arduous read."
Far-reaching analysis by the author of the Information Age trilogy (The Rise of the Network Society, not reviewed, etc.) of the Internet's birth and its impact on a range of human activities, including business, social relationships, and politics. Read full book review >

THE STARS OF HEAVEN by Clifford A. Pickover
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Finding God in the details is possible, but labor-intensive."
Ambitious overview of astronomy, by the author of Strange Brains and Genius (1998), whose material here seems far more often strewn than marshaled. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Great stuff: inspiring indeed."
A marvelous history of American invention, profiling George Washington Carver (industrial uses of agricultural products) and including six women: Sally Fox (naturally colored cotton), Marie-Claire King (advances in breast cancer), Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar), and logician Erna Schneider Hoover (the computerized telephone switching system) among them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"An epic tale, human stories, and science without equations: a likely candidate to fill the popular science niche so prominently occupied by Dava Sobel's Longitude."
Well-written and highly entertaining history of progressively more successful efforts to date the earth and later efforts to do the same for the universe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2001

"A clear, readable, fascinating overview of the tools and gadgets of the modern world."
The subtitle tells the story of this collection of technology columns from the New York Times. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Part manifesto, part jeremiad, but all essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of creative freedom in cyberspace."
The fate of free expression in cyberspace hangs in the balance, avers Lessig (Law/Stanford Univ.; Code: and Other Laws of Cyberspace, not reviewed), who offers practical advice to save it. Read full book review >
GAUDÍ by Gijs van Hensbergen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Readers, then, should be reasonably well-acquainted with Gaudí's career before sampling this substantial but lumpy stew."
The first English-language biography of the great modern architect. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"There are plenty of strong personal opinions here (Neanderthals were a dead-end species; human evolution has stalled for the foreseeable future), but they ring true. The whole production is as absorbing and literate as one would expect from Tattersall."
A collection of eight original essays that make up a primer on evolution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >