Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 10, 1993

"A convincing vision quest that may, however, lose readers in its mazelike abundance of references and quotes. (Thirty-three line drawings—not seen)"
These ponderings on the meaning of life find theoretical concepts and notional fancies so thick on the ground that readers may wish to approach the book armed with a machete. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 10, 1993

"An informative and well-integrated polemic."
It's no news that many Americans live in a spread-out, privatized suburban wasteland without community or centers; that much landscape has given way to ugly sprawl; that this condition may be due to systematic policies on the part of government and industrial forces; and that the automobile is the engine that has driven us there. Read full book review >

ENTROPY AND THE MAGIC FLUTE by Harold J. Morowitz
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Very clever, Professor Morowitz."
More short essays (49, no less) in this latest collection (Mayonnaise and the Origin of Life, 1985, etc.) culled from Morowitz's regular contributions to Hospital Practice. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1993

"The best Bio 101 you're likely to find. (Twenty-four line illustrations)"
Charming, fascinating, and insightful, this slim volume combines a memoir of a life in science with an accessible distillation of what we know about the workings of living things. Read full book review >

THE FERMI SOLUTION by Hans Christian von Baeyer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1993

"Overall, von Baeyer does extremely well by words alone, but a few illustrations would have underscored the trickier points."
Further essays from William and Mary physicist von Baeyer, who pleased with Taming the Atom (1992) and Rainbows, Snowflakes, and Quarks (1984). Read full book review >
THE SEXUAL BRAIN by Simon LeVay
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Erudite and entertaining."
A fascinating look at the biological bases for diversity of sexual feelings and behavior. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 31, 1993

"Brain candy, then, and none too convincing."
A brief for a new discipline known as ``evolutionary psychology''—as well as a pessimistic assessment of the human condition, based on the alleged biological sources of social customs in lemurs and other primates. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Kimbrell sends a meaningful message—but at the price of dismissing any good to come from genetics research in favor of pietistic nay-saying."
Given the title here, as well as the foreword by Jeremy Rifkin (biotechnology's most ardent antagonist), readers are well advised concerning the content of this polemic by the policy director of Rifkin's Foundation on Economic Trends. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Immensely informative—and lots of fun. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
A reader-friendly survey of the current state of astrophysics and cosmology, weaving together up-to-the-minute observations, the most recent theories, and profiles of the major figures in the field—along with enough rudimentary background to make it all comprehensible to an intelligent lay reader willing to invest some effort. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"His book could be one of them."
Cognitive psychologist Norman searches for humane technology and just plain user-friendliness in the paraphernalia and artifacts employed in everyday life. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"A work of science that reads like a good mystery—and that's entertainment. (Thirty-eight line drawings and seventeen halftones)"
Big-league environmental events—chronicled in absorbing, illuminating style by Officer (Earth Sciences & Engineering/Dartmouth) and Page (Songs to Birds, reviewed below, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >