Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Complex science made not just accessible but wholly fascinating, and communicated with a sense of urgency yet without sensationalism. (Seven illustrations—not seen.)"
How and why new viruses ``emerge,'' their possible impact on humanity's future, and what scientists are doing about it. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Covers some of the same ground as Henry Petroski's The Evolution of Useful Things (p. 1297), with less flair but more hands-on advice. (Thirty illustrations.)"
First-time author Weber (Psychology/Oklahoma State) on how inventions—from doorknobs to Velcro—come to be. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"A good bet for puzzlers and budding math students. (Thirty- four drawings.)"
Something of an oddity: Tahan, a Brazilian mathematician, casts a series of mathematical puzzles into the form of a continuous narrative describing the adventures of a 13th-century Persian mathematician, Beremiz Samir, secretary to a vizier in Baghdad. Read full book review >
THE NEANDERTALS by Erik Trinkaus
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Easily the best book on the subject. (Seventy-five illustrations—five seen.)"
Fine scientific history, as Neandertal specialist Trinkaus (Anthropology/Univ. of New Mexico) and educator Shipman (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"A highly knowledgeable insider's look at the world of physics- -wrapped in a bright, shiny, purely delightful package."
Lederman, the 70-year-old Nobel-winning experimental physicist and former director of Fermilab, takes the reader on a rollicking tour of mankind's two-thousand-year search for the nature of matter and lets the public in on what grand discoveries may lie ahead. Read full book review >

WIDE-BODY by Clive Irving
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

"A well-done tract on how an American enterprise advanced the state of aviation art, in the process helping to make the planet a global village. (Photos—32 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
The art of designing a passenger plane now requires striking a fine balance among such factors as fuel efficiency, payload, range, and speed. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Environmentalists may be outraged but, even so, Fumento sheds light as well as heat."
How to stop worrying about technology—and learn to love it; by the author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1989). Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A decent history, but about as exciting as watching a turbine do its thing. (Forty b&w photos, 13 line illustrations.)"
A basic introduction to how technology has transformed human society and the earth. ``Technology is the study of human techniques for making and doing things,'' opens Buchanan (History of Technology/Univ. of Bath), setting the flat, factual tone for what is to follow. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF A FINAL THEORY by Steven Weinberg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"He makes an eloquent case."
Weinberg's career has gone from boy wonder to Nobel laureate (Physics, 1979) to sage among particle physicists, combining creative talents with a zeal to explain. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Gould says the columns will continue through January 2001—for which readers everywhere should be grateful. (Drawings.)"
Who could resist a title like that—and, knowing the author, who wouldn't surmise that Gould (Bully for Brontosaurus, 1991, etc.) is again up to his old trick of demonstrating that five fingers and five toes are not the primordial/canonical mammalian standard. Read full book review >
COMPLEXITY by Roger Lewin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 5, 1992

"Taking the long view, complexity—explored so well here—may be seen as a corrective reaction to molecular biology: a restoration of the old-fashioned physiologists' and systems- theorists' point of view, revitalized with the aid of supercomputers."
What happens when you take computer pros, AI folk, brain modelers, ecologists, evolutionists, biologists, and students of chaos, sprinkle them with enthusiasm, and kindle a search for order? Out may come complexity—touted as the "new science of the nineties.'' Read full book review >
THE EVOLUTION OF USEFUL THINGS by Henry Petroski
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"A lively history of design that would have gained from acknowledging the great design motto that 'less is more.'"
The author of The Pencil (1989) enlarges his scope to encompass the history of a multitude of everyday objects, with dazzling—sometimes dizzying—results. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >