Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The scientific status of VSL remains uncertain, but its creator's account of his investigations is irresistible."
A brash young cosmologist describes his attempts to redefine one of the keystones of relativity. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The freedom and inclusivity of the Internet still has life, write Wishart and Bochsler, even as its economic side makes seismic shifts. (Photographs)"
Filmmaker Wishart and reporter Bochsler throw light on the Internet's evolution from fertile idea to commercial juggernaut as they look at a David-vs.-Goliath domain-name fight. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 2003

"Meticulously instructive both on a scientific revolution and the personalities who achieved it."
Science writer Ferguson (Measuring the Universe, 1999, etc.) fully illuminates a 17th-century collaboration that launched a true understanding of the solar system. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2003

"The music of science, as irresistible as Vetiver or Rive Gauche."
An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"The innumerate will flee in terror, but those with an interest in mathematical history and the strange magic of numbers should find this a satisfying excursion."
Energy is mass times a constant squared. Patient mathematical explainer Barrow (The Book of Nothing, 2001, etc.) delivers a scholarly though always accessible account of the search for that constant—and for great big numbers generally. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2003

"Relating familiar material in self-conscious prose, this falls between the cracks of scholarly work and engaging popular history. (20 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A muddled chronology of annual holidays that connects, among other things, Groundhog Day to an Irish saint and May Day to 19th-century labor legislation in the state of Illinois. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2003

"Far from cheerful, but fascinating."
Geologist Ward and astronomer Brownlee combine disciplines to tell us how the world will end. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Solid scientific history, entertainingly presented."
Having taken readers on a guided tour of molecules (Stories of the Invisible, 2001), Nature consultant editor Ball now turns his attention to the elements. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Still, enough of Carpenter comes off the pages to reveal the elemental audacity we've come to associate with the seven Mercury astronauts. (16 pp. b&w photos)"
Mercury astronaut turned thriller-writer Carpenter (The Steel Albatross, 1990) and his daughter put on the dampeners as they tell his life story thus far. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"A rewarding scientific journey, connecting laboratory with living planet and scientist with society."
Physician and science writer Ryan (Virus X, 1997, etc.) forcefully argues that Charles Darwin overlooked the importance of interaction between and among life forms in his theory of evolution. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"A satisfying, up-to-date outing for students of ancient humankind and its less fortunate cousins."
Whatever happened to that nice Neanderthal family that lived down the lane? Bad things, this lively prehistory tells us—courtesy, perhaps, of our Cro-Magnon ancestors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >