Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

QUARRY by Noel T. Boaz
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Peppery, informative bones of contention."
``Have they found it?'' will be the query of most readers. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Some heavy going in the inevitable discussions of the scientific evidence—but, on the whole, compelling and readable."
Sarasohn, a Washington-based journalist for Legal Times, turns her attention to the notorious case in which a team led by Nobel laureate David Baltimore (Physiology, 1975) published a scientific paper later exposed as being built on fabricated data. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"First Principles'' of modernism—which he celebrates in the conclusion of this powerful and outspoken book. (Ninety illustrations)"
In a personal tour of modern architecture and the colorful, eccentric, clannish men (all men)—mostly displaced Europeans- -responsible for it, Blake (Curator for Architecture and Industrial Design/Museum of Modern Art; Form Follows Fiasco, 1977, etc.—not reviewed) recovers the energy, vision, and dedication that he says characterized the profession in the decades following WW II. Read full book review >
RACE TO THE MOON by William B. Breuer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Crackerjack war adventures—and, in this case, the moon's the limit. (Twenty-nine photographs—not seen)"
Another smasher by Breuer, who specializes in thrilling reports of WW II spycraft and warfare (Geronimo!, Sea Wolf, Hitler's Undercover War—all 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
NEWTON'S CLOCK by Ivars Peterson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not for science illiterates, but astronomy and physics buffs will lap it up. (B&w illustrations—115—not seen)"
Peterson (math-and-physics editor at Science News) tells how science has unlocked the secrets of celestial motion. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"This is altogether more subjective, simplifying, and, finally, unconvincing."
Tilby, who produced a series called Soul for the BBC (to be seen in the US on the Learning Channel), here uses her findings from that program as the basis for a personal odyssey through the sometimes conflicting claims of Christianity and science. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As Honderich would have it, whether you read his book is not a matter of choice. Nonetheless, recommended for those with well- muscled brains."
Honderich (Philosophy/University College, London) ponders an age-old question—are we free agents or pawns of unknown forces?—and winds up embracing determinism. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR HUNTERS by David A.E. Spalding
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

Solid and engrossing history of collecting the Big Ones (and their little brethren), by a science writer and museum advisor. Read full book review >
BLACK HOLES AND BABY UNIVERSES by Stephen Hawking
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"This will sell."
Superstar physicist Hawking—whose A Brief History of Time (1988) is ensconsed in the Guinness Book of Records for having had the longest bestseller-run in English-language history—returns with 11 essays and one interview, covering matters autobiographical, scientific, and philosophical. Read full book review >
FEAR OF PHYSICS by Lawrence M. Krauss
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Less a guide for the perplexed than a theoretical introduction to the weirdness and beauty of the universe."
Physics made easy this is not. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

An often interesting and provocative—though sometimes obvious and, finally, unconvincing—historical exploration of humanity's relationship to machines. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Engaging and informative—but whether Stock turns out to be starry-eyed dreamer or hard-headed prophet remains to be seen. (Photographs and line drawings—not seen)"
A surprise from bestselling novelty-book author Stock (The Book of Questions, 1987, etc.): a jolting but seductively hopeful perspective on the future of human beings when the species is viewed—along with its culture, fellow species, and technology—as a superorganism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >