Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An effective marriage of text and photographs, and a succinct portrait of a decent man and a remarkable scientist. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; History Book Club alternate selection)"
Great inventors tend to become so closely identified with their most famous invention that their very lives become obscured. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"There is something here for nearly anyone who appreciates graceful, seasoned, casual wisdom."
More short takes (40 of them) from polymath biophysicist Morowitz (Entropy and the Magic Flute, 1993), ensconced now on the faculty at George Mason University in Virginia. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"A good overview of one of the great intellectual puzzles of modern history. (photos and line drawings)"
The proof of Fermat's Last Theorem has been called the mathematical event of the century; this popular account puts the discovery in perspective for non-mathematicians. Read full book review >
GROWING UP DIGITAL by Don Tapscott
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"Too vaporous and unreflectingly enthusiastic to be of much use to anyone deeply interested in the questions of new tehcnology and American society. (illustrations, graphs, not seen) (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo; TV satellite tour)"
Add this to the swelling pile of books on new media that pose many questions and leave all but a few unanswered. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"Despite that shortcoming and an occasional loss of focus, Glass makes a compelling case, a bit more understated than Goldhagen's and more effective as a result."
Glass, an expert in the interplay of politics and the psychology of illusion, takes on the darkest example of that phenomenon, the Holocaust. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 14, 1997

"As it stands, The Soft Edge is too soft, and without taste."
The ``soft edge'' of the title refers to the intangibles surrounding technology's impact on society. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers will be moved by Gould's personal account of the process and the person involved. (16 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
``What?,'' ``When?,'' and ``Why?'' are the titles Gould gives to the three short essays probing humankind's fascination with thousand-year intervals. Read full book review >
FIRST CUT by III Carter
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Although its author seems to have had a grander purpose in mind, the book's real value is in its clear depiction of what medical students must do to learn human anatomy."
Musings and observations of a literature professor with a penchant for things medical as he follows a group of first-year med students taking human anatomy, a course that includes dissecting cadavers. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This hit-and-miss social commentary, combined with a penchant for inflated academic language (allayed only slightly by period cartoons), sabotages Ritvo's goal of illuminating the cultural ramifications of Enlightenment zoology. (illustrations)"
This wide-ranging study of the ``heroic age of scientific classification'' attempts—with only partial success—to place the taxonomic advances and prejudices of 18th- and 19th-century England in a broader cultural context. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The well and the sick alike will find much to ponder here— this is the kind of book whose thoughts and messages linger long after it has been closed. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
An astonishingly well written book that illuminates life's meaning without a trace of maudlin sentimentality. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With this fascinating volume, Kaku positions himself as a worthy successor to the late Carl Sagan as a spokesman for the potential of science to revolutionize our lives. (Author tour)"
Here's another entry in the game of predicting what science and technology will come up with after the turn of the millennium, this one from a theoretical physicist. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Accessible and provocative, but surely not the last word. (Author tour)"
From the author of The Evolution of Consciousness (1991) and other popular works on the human mind, a revealing account of his own and others' prior misunderstandings about the right and left brains, a concise summary of current knowledge, and some provocative speculations about the development and functioning of the two hemispheres. 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 >