Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"McKee's wonderfully rich and thought-provoking text, told with style and winning flashes of humor, is a refreshing entry into the always contentious and endlessly fascinating story of human origins."
Add "culture" to the alliterative subtitle and "clever" to describe the approach of the author, for this is indeed an intelligent and provocative account of human evolution. Read full book review >
A RUM AFFAIR by Karl Sabbagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Much has been made of the slowness of the scientific community to accept new theories (evolution, relativity); Sabbagh offers an illuminating, if not always engaging, account of the virtues of such skepticism. (photos)"
A thorough investigation (first published in Britain in 1999) into a case of deviant science from the 1930s and 1940s. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2000

"Should be considered and enjoyed by those in and out of the crime-fighting field."
A dramatic true-crime memoir by America's Most Wanted correspondent Boylan, who is renowned for "profiling" skills, which have resulted in uncanny sketches of notorious criminals (ranging from Polly Klaas's kidnapper to the Unabomber). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2000

"Henig not only achieves her goal of making Mendel come alive as a 'flawed but brilliant human being,' but provides a fascinating picture as well of a scientific age when luck and personalities—and not just brains—determined success."
A clear and engaging account of the life and times of the Moravian monk whose passion for numbers and painstaking work with pea plants laid the foundation for the modern science of genetics. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Can American business assume a green mantle? Yes, assure Freeman, Pierce, and Dodd. Will they? Not until enough individuals demand it."
Freeman (Business/Univ. of Virginia), Pierce (Medicine/Univ. of Nebraska), and business consultant Dodd argue that US business must not content itself with meeting environmental standards mandated by the state: it must instead assume a leadership role in the struggle for conservation. Read full book review >

LAW AND SOCIAL NORMS by Eric A. Posner
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A stimulating application of game theory to law, equally valuable for social scientists and those interested in legal theory."
In the tradition of the Chicago School of law and economics, Posner (Law/Univ. of Chicago) offers an insightful study of the relationship between legal regulation and social norms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"An important book and impressive piece of science writing."
When Dolly, the cloned sheep, met the media in 1997, she unleashed a torrent of headlines, articles, editorials, and at least one book (Clone ,by Gina Kolata). Another after three years seems superfluous, but it's the one to read. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"All told, lots of neat stories of invention and inventors, told by a witness and participant who deplores the passive voice. 'You and I have made the world we live in,' he says—and he, for one, rejoices in it."
An elaboration on the NPR broadcasts made by Lienhard (Mechanical Engineering/Univ. of Houston), who contends, basically, that machines are us. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

Pesic, a tutor and musician in residence at St. John's College in Santa Fe, sees scientists as driven to wrest the secrets of nature in a struggle that takes on emotional, even erotic overtones. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A seaworthy effort. (b&w photos, illustrations)"
Lively, encapsulated histories of a dozen or so adventurers, scientists, and eccentrics who experimented to discover ways to plumb the depths of the ocean, written by British scientist Trevor (Marine Biology/Univ. of Liverpool). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A warning and a foreshadowing of what will ultimately be a major issue in the years to come within the electronic world."
A well-meaning but ultimately sketchy study that tackles the problem of maintaining privacy in the ever-developing world of the Internet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A wild ride with some important lessons."
Murdock was 49 in 1996, the CEO of a biotech company named CellPro, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoma. 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 >