Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

A SCIENCE ODYSSSEY by Charles Flowers
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Those needing a detailed history, however, should certainly look elsewhere. (60 color, 90 b&w photos, not seen)"
This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series (to begin airing in January) offers a swiftly paced survey of many of the major scientific discoveries made over the past hundred years, including the evolution of modern physics and cosmology, the emergence of the revolutionary theory of plate tectonics, the development of airplanes, the exploration of space, and the long medical struggle to understand and control such ravaging diseases as polio, diabetes, and pellagra. Read full book review >
SPACE by Jesse Lee Kercheval
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A familiar coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space. (Author tour)"
A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Ocean''—and, thanks to the author's down-to-earth style, a pleasure to read."
A fact-finding tour of troubled waters. Read full book review >
THE ASCENT OF SCIENCE by Brian Silver
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Silver has given us one of the most stimulating overviews of science in recent years. (illustrations, not seen)"
This pleasing volume undertakes—with considerable success- -to chart the broad history of science from the Renaissance to the end of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"In sum, lots of good ideas, telling examples, and even amusing trivia that point to the importance of math, yet without revealing how mathematicians work. (line art)"
A short paean to mathematics in the vein of Cole's earlier volume, Sympathetic Vibrations (1984), which explored creativity, art, and beauty in relation to physics. Read full book review >

ORIGINS by Hubert Reeves
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A useful though not especially deep summary of the current state of knowledge in three key areas of science."
A series of interviews with three French-based scientists presents current theories on the origins of the world we see around us, of life itself, and of our own species. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"Even if one cares little for Gleiser's spiritual asides, this is an exceptionally clear summary of 2,500 years of science and a fascinating account of the ways in which it often does intersect with spiritual beliefs. (30 b&w drawings, not seen)"
An attempt to bridge the gap between spiritual and scientific inquiries into the nature and origins of the universe, from a physics professor at Dartmouth. Read full book review >
THE SECRET MESA by Jo Ann Shroyer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"A solid piece of reporting on a little-viewed corner of national life."
A thorough, sometimes unsettling look at the culture of nuclear science. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Perhaps because Krauss shares the public's affection for the pop sources he consults, his book will entertain and instruct general readers without insulting the scientifically literate. ($75,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Many scientists say that reading science fiction inspired them to launch their careers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"It should be especially good for young people."
One is tempted to say this book tells you everything you wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask—except that no one is afraid to ask these days, and we are all but surfeited by the amount of public telling. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

The origins of humankind have inspired endless speculation in myth, religion, philosophy, and science. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"But overall, the essays are grave excursions on matters of life and death, truth and falsity, by one who has endured life in Eastern Europe and, because he is a scientist, retains a belief that progress is possible."
Add a new voice to the medical-literary essay genre: Holub is a Czech immunologist and poet, distinguished in both fields. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >