Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

RECEPTORS by Richard M. Restak
Released: March 15, 1994

The bland title to psychiatrist/neurologist Restak's latest (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, 1991, etc.) refers to the fascinating subject of drugs and the brain. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

"Creditably, Thompson elaborates on the problems and politics while also neatly outlining the genealogies of science: who studied in whose lab forging the networks (and rivalries) that are par for the course in science."
Seasoned science writer Thompson (The Washington Post, Medical News Network) charts the course of the first successful human experiment in gene therapy, begun in 1990. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1994

"The 175 visuals should be splendid. (Color halftones, illustrations, and maps throughout—not seen)"
Forget bipedalism. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Designed for a popular audience, this is in fact a hefty read full of wonder and wisdom."
Another in a series of books (Joel Davis's Mother Tongue, p. 1303; Ray Jackendorf's Patterns in the Mind, p. 1439) popularizing Chomsky's once controversial theories explaining the biological basis of language. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"A mine of information, suitable for the intelligent nonspecialist. (Seventy b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Selection for January)"
In their latest medieval study, the Gieses (Life in a Medieval Village, 1990, etc.) explode the myth that the Middle Ages were unconcerned with the empirical and demonstrate that the Renaissance itself was the outcome of gradual progress made over the previous thousand years. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Ridley contends—not a popular thesis in recent decades—that such genetic programming is far more central to human nature than social conditioning. Extensively researched, clearly written: one of the best introductions to its fascinating and controversial subject."
A former editor of The Economist asks how sexual selection has molded human nature. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Entertaining mix of fact and fancy, along with solid information about genetic disorders."
Intriguing speculations about the possible effects on world events of the genetic abnormalities of certain well-known figures. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

An incisive study of ancient religion and the rise of belief in an impending apocalypse, by the author of the classic study The Pursuit of the Millennium. Read full book review >
SIGNS OF LIFE by Robert Pollack
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Cautionary and sober words that can well and truly inform current social, political, and scientific debates."
Pollack (former dean of Columbia College and colleague of James D. Watson) takes the popular metaphor of DNA as language—and really runs with it. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Laypeople's science from one of the best in the business."
Popular science author Trefil (Reading the Mind of God, 1989, etc.) turns to those technology-driven forces—more important, in his view, than social, political, and economic ones—that affect how cities grow and die. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"More a monograph than a fully realized history but, still, a well-documented revisionist rebuke to those who would isolate Nazism as a unique phenomenon."
Narrowly focused yet chillingly effective indictment of the American scientists and social theorists who inspired and applauded Nazi racist ideology. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Multifaceted, and glittering with drama and wit. (B&w photographs, line drawings)"
The ancient alchemists sought for gold, but the new alchemists have found diamonds—in nearly unlimited quantities, and just a good squeeze away—reports Hazen (Science/George Mason University; coauthor, Science Matters, 1992, etc.) in this sparkling gem of technological history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >