Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2002

"An ample anthology whose chief virtue lies in each presenter's snapshot history of a field: where we are, how we got there, where we might be headed."
Enterprising editor/literary agent/Web-site meister Brockman (The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, 2000, etc.) is at it again, cajoling his buddies to speculate on what brave new world lies half a century ahead. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2002

"Olson takes a major step in the right direction, but it will be a long journey."
The take-home message of this five-continent trek by science writer Olson (Biotechnology, not reviewed) is that races don't exist: genetically, we are all sisters and brothers under the skin. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2002

"Chillingly evocative of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring."
Washington-based journalist Hart, who has tracked the genetic altering of grains and plants for years, argues that this branch of biotechnology has in effect used American consumers as the subjects of perhaps the biggest food experiment ever. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2002

"Astronomer sees the light, and it's not all good."
A loosely ordered collection of essays on the role of science in establishing through observation what we have come to accept as reality. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2002

"There's wisdom here to be sure, but it's mingled with plenty of self-indulgence."
Thirty-four short medical/social-history essays by the erudite if somewhat dyspeptic physician-author (Democracy and DNA, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2002

"Good fun, and a gentle reminder that science and showbiz have been happy partners for a long time. (25 b&w illustrations, throughout)"
English technology journalist Standage (The Victorian Internet, 1998, etc.) recounts the quirky history of a mechanical chess-playing machine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2002

"An intimate look at an amazing concept some still believe offers the best hope for fending off—literally—an errant asteroid or comet that could wipe humankind from Earth."
Dyson, son of the distinguished British-born physicist Freeman Dyson, unveils a wealth of formerly classified information covering the attempt of a group of US scientists, beginning in 1957, to develop and launch a space vehicle powered solely by serial explosions of nuclear devices. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2002

"Intensive research renders this technological history fascinating even to readers with Luddite tendencies. (14 b&w photos and illustrations)"
The history of the early 20th-century race between independent young inventor Philo T. Farnsworth and industrialist David Sarnoff to develop and market a functional television system. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Good reading for students of whale conservation and marine biology."
A clear exploration of matters cetacean and antipodean. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2002

"Regardless of their attitude toward rats, readers with an interest in these ever-so-common creatures will find Barnett's overview of much use."
Everything you always wanted to know about Rattus norvegicus and its kin but were too squeamish to ask. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and (mostly) accessible."
Australian-born Brooks, director of MIT's renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab and chairman of iRobot Corp., offers a unique perspective on the past, present, and future of robotics. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 2002

"A meticulous account of slippery science that develops slowly into a panoramic view of the biomedical world."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Crewdson (The Tarnished Door: The New Immigrants and the Transformation of America, not reviewed) relates a cautionary tale of the American doctor who lied repeatedly to take credit for discovering the AIDS virus. 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 >