Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Plentiful diagrams and practical examples give the nontechnical reader an insight into Hogan's often complex arguments, but the computer-literate are the most natural audience for this challenging exploration."
A survey of the current state of computer intelligence research, from a science-fiction writer (The Immortality Option, 1995, etc.) whose novels have often dealt with the subject. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers willing to brave his messy exposition will find food for thought in Rifkin's book, but getting to it requires a lot of work. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
Scattershot doomsaying from a noted alarmist. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music of the spheres reinterpreted to a New Age beatwith a short course in astronomy thrown in. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A Renaissance woman equates the Big Bang of interstellar expansion with the bang of sexual explosion. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Stewart makes his case in fascinating detail and with an easy, readable style that should make this material accessible to a wide range of readers. (100 drawings and photos, not seen)"
Spectacular as the advances in genetics have been, the DNA molecule tells only part of the scientific story of life; much of the rest, this work argues, is built upon physical and mathematical principles only now being recognized. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A provocative subject well considered by a talented journalist."
From National Magazine Awardwinning journalist Wright (Remembering Satan, 1994, etc.), a survey of twin research that is adding fresh fuel to the old argument over nature versus nurture. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fans of popular-science writing and Arctic buffs alike will learn much from Arms's adventure. (Author tour)"
A tale of science and discovery on the high, frozen seas. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Lively and well written, offering a good sense not only of the intriguing first bird, but of the way science works."
An anthropologist (Penn State Univ.) examines one of the most famous fossil organisms ever discovered, and discusses its meaning in the ongoing debates about evolution. Read full book review >
CLONE by Gina Kolata
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"All the more reason the book should appeal to readers who want to learn the facts and think for themselves. (Author tour)"
Not a quickie to exploit the news sensation of the year, Kolata's review of the before-during-and-aftermath of the cloning of a Scottish sheep is a well-researched account of critical events in the history of embryology and developmental biology. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A veritable textbook thoroughly disguised as a diversion. (8 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A scientist with the knack of transforming the complex and abstract into the simple and concrete engagingly explains what science now knows about memory. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Michael White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"White effectively sets the details of Newton's career against the larger canvas of the history of ideas, and this may be the first clear exposition of the full complexity of this brilliant and enigmatic figure."
The title gives the slant of this impressive new biography, which emphasizes Newton's intellectual debt to his predecessors. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >