Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 4, 1997

"If, as they say, everything in life is a matter of timing, DeSalle and Lindley could hardly have brought out a book at a more propitious time. (illustrations, not seen)"
Physicist Lindley (The End of Physics, 1993) and DeSalle, a DNA-in-amber expert at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, have a fine time taking to task the tangled web Michael Crichton has spun in his Jurassic Park books and movies. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 4, 1997

"Recommended for all time-pressured type As."
An amusing, informative account of how different cultures and subcultures have different concepts of time. Read full book review >

NASA/TREK by Constance Penley
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Boldly—and successfully—goes where no one has gone before. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
A clever and iconoclastic dual portrait of the NASA space program and Star Trek fandom from a feminist perspective. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, these are minor lapses in what is otherwise a sturdy and erudite overview of one of the most complex periods of thought."
Everdell (The End of Kings, 1983) presents one of the more accessible studies of early Modernism (up to WW I), relying on a ``big name'' approach to dissect the meanings of one of the most slippery terms in all of cultural criticism. Read full book review >
BIOMIMICRY by Janine M. Benyus
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"Much of interest here, but spare us the cheerleading."
``Doing it nature's way'' is the theme of this wide-eyed-with-wonder exposition of what's going on in a variety of fields—from farming to computer science—as scientists try to emulate natural processes. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Muddled intentions, combined with the unconvincing specter of a world full of HALs controlling their makers, diminish Rawlins's latest effort to enlighten us about our future."
An uninspiring review of the history of the computer, and an evaluation of its impact on our society today and in decades to come. Read full book review >
STUFF by Ivan Amato
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 7, 1997

"It is a heady time for this new discipline, and Amato gives a good sense of its energy and potential. (illustrations, not seen)"
Materials science sees the world as fodder for new and better structural materials; here's an overview of this new discipline. Read full book review >
THE WISDOM OF THE BODY by Sherwin B. Nuland
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 5, 1997

"To read this book is to share his awe. (8 drawings, not seen) (First printing of 200,000)"
From the author of the National Book Awardwinning How We Die (1994), another eloquent, thought-provoking dissertation, this time on what we are. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Kanigel's lively prose and sense of irony make this biography an enjoyable read. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumspect biography of America's first efficiency expert, sensitive to both Taylor's limitations and his impact on the world. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1997

"A good survey not only of infinity, but of the scientific revolutions that have grown out of our attempts to grapple with the concept."
The idea of the infinite has baffled thinkers since ancient times; now a top science writer tries to shed light on the concept. Read full book review >
T. REX AND THE CRATER OF DOOM by Walter Alvarez
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1997

An explanation of the end of the dinosaurs, by the Berkeley geologist who helped promulgate the theory. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1997

"There is much joy and beauty in this passage from speculation to demonstration, and we have Ferris to thank for his superb rendering, both of the shebang and of the science that studies the shebang. (Book-of-the-Month Club split main selection; History Book Club alternate selection)"
As Virgil led Dante through the thickets and circles of the inferno, so Ferris, a science writer's science writer, guides the reader through the clouds and bubbles, the singularities and uncertainties that characterize cosmology today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >