Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

PIERRE PUVIS DE CHAVANNES by Aimée Brown Price
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But in the spirit of everything old being new again, Puvis is garnering a second glance, most notably in an exhibition, curated by Price, at the Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam, to which this volume is a companion. (200 illustrations, 98 in color)"
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (182498) was for a long time the most celebrated painter of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Even though Allman occasionally strains credulity by drawing bold conclusions from flimsy evidence, his arguments are nevertheless compelling and thought-provoking."
A stimulating overview of the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Freelance journalist Shear arrestingly reconstructs a notably bad bargain the US struck with Japan during a period when, despite an immense trade deficit, Washington was willing to pay almost any price to keep the island nation on its side in the Cold War. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

A provocative book by a senior editor of the New Republic, author of Three Scientists and Their Gods (1988), examining the vibrant new science of evolutionary psychology. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Highly recommended."
In this boldly optimistic manifesto, Savage proclaims a master plan for the human race: to spread life throughout the galaxy. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 2, 1994

"Some new wine, but mostly old brew in old bottles."
Neuropsychiatrist Restak (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, 1991, etc.) tackles age-old questions about the nature of free will, thought, emotion, and creativity in the process of explicating the theory of the modular brain. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A one-hour documentary based on the book will air on PBS-TV in the fall."
Using a governing metaphor a bit less subtle than a strip mine, environmentalist, author, and filmmaker Tobias argues that humanity is waging a war of aggression against the planet, a ``melancholy war which is destroying Earth and all her precious progeny.'' He travels around China, Indonesia, India, Kenya, the US, and Antarctica and returns, laden with fact and anecdote, to tell us that there are too many of us and that rapine economic development is killing the planet. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"An excellent introduction to one of the most important frontiers of science, by a man who knows it as well as anyone."
If the history of life is the history of DNA, then this survey of genetics is an essential book for anyone interested in the development and possible future of our species. Read full book review >
MEASURE FOR MEASURE by Thomas Levenson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, his theme and variations are very well orchestrated and worth hearing."
A look at the history of ideas as a marriage of music and science. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Wheelwright might just be onto something here, but one hates to think what the energy companies might do with his approach. (Author tour)"
Prince William Sound may have been knocked down on its ecological knees by the Exxon Valdez, but it is far from out, claims a former science editor of Life magazine. Read full book review >
OUT OF CONTROL by Kevin Kelly
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1994

"But the book as a whole is rewarding, full of food for thought, and a convincing preview of the probable future of technology."
In this densely packed deliberation on the shape of things to come, Kelly, the executive editor of Wired, offers a biological paradigm for a whole set of scientific and cultural phenomena: virtual reality, self-controlling robots, animation, nanotechnology, games, even the much ballyhooed ``information superhighway.'' Kelly's main thesis is that biological organization offers a degree of adaptability impossible with the more familiar hierarchic mechanical organization. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 1994

A thoughtful and provocative look at scientific racism from the rise of the theory of evolution to the present. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >