Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"An appalling story of industry abuse and regulatory stupidity (and that's the generous reading)."
Have some lead with your french fries? Seattle Times reporter Wilson delivers a crackerjack investigative report on the toxic wastes in the fertilizer that helps grow the food on your table. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"A well-written and cohesive treatment of the fundamentals of genetics, as revealed through its favorite experimental subject."
How genetics, with the help of the humble fruit fly, moved into the forefront of modern science. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"A moving and fascinating account of a brilliant man who failed in spite of his best efforts."
An account by London Science Museum director Swade (Charles Babbage and His Calculating Machine, not reviewed) of the work and influence of 19th-century English mathematician and inventor who was the first to proclaim the need for computers and describe their basic features. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2001

"A creditable attempt to explain the directions that the new technology is moving in—and the possibilities of future benefits."
A rosy but necessarily imprecise overview of the potential impact of the sequencing of the humane genome on health and medicine, assembled largely from the author's New York Times articles. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A deftly balanced memoir, depicting both grand-scale breakthroughs, and one grateful citizen-scientist's immersion in the tumultuous postwar geopolitical landscape."
An engaging if technically dense memoir by a pioneer of the nuclear age. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Full of scary news, but unsensational and thoroughly documented. Just don't read it in flight."
Technological mishaps and human ineptitude take center stage in this impressive, sometimes horrifying compendium. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A solid, well-written overview of molecular chemistry."
British science writer Ball (Life's Matrix: A Biography of Water, 2000, etc.) offers a short introduction to chemistry, with a strong emphasis on that of our own bodies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Sure not to please deans or development officers, Greenberg's heavy-handed but well-reasoned attack on the big-science machine merits attention."
A broad assault on the business of doing science in America, which, the author argues, prizes profit and professional advancement over knowledge. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Stunningly comprehensive and intensely absorbing. Should be required reading for anyone who eats."
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter's remarkable survey (winner of the 1998 Raymond Clapper Award) of the history, promise, and unknown dangers of genetically modified foods. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 2001

"A rollicking account of a good, old-fashioned visionary who gathered together—under one roof or connected by cables—like-minded visionaries to make the whole expansive notion of personal computing and networking a reality."
Meet J.C.R. Licklider, the man who put "personal" in "personal computers," in this lively, memorable, and wickedly detailed biography from Waldrop (Creativity, not reviewed). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"A useful exploration that suffers from its own lack of organization."
A study of the intersections between the teachings of Buddhism and the tenets of modern science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A fine addition to the genre: Giegerich has worked hard researching the subject, and he writes without cynicism."
Accounts following students through medical school appear regularly, but this one limits itself to a single course: first-year anatomy. It turns out to be a good idea. 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 >