Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 20, 1994

"Photos."
An architect and critic elaborates on what most of us see when we look at much of modern architecture: buildings that are lifeless and just plain ugly. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 15, 1994

"Perhaps the book's only major deficiency is Ward's failure to explain to the Rush Limbaughs of the world why we should care if humankind continues to decimate the Earth's flora and fauna."
Ward demonstrates that the old adage ``those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it'' applies to natural history as well as human history. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 6, 1994

"An emotionally compelling, if erratically beating, tale about the transformative power of a brush with death by lightning."
An odyssey of recovery by a woman literally struck by lightning. Read full book review >
HOW BUILDINGS LEARN by Stewart Brand
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"His crunchy-granola insights bristle with an undeniable pragmatism."
Brand founder of The Whole Earth Catalog and CoEvolution Quarterly, launches a populist attack on rarefied architectural conventions. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Still, when its corny style doesn't get the better of it, Moon Shot has its moments, and it's quite readable and detailed. (32 pages of b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The story of America's space race with the Soviet Union and the scramble to put a man on the moon, by two who were there. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A feast of detailed scholarship, anecdote, and reflections- -touching on a crucial but neglected theme in the development of the western intellectual tradition."
A scholarly survey of how the concept of ``secret'' assisted the development of experimental science from ancient times until the 17th century. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of space flight: well written, full of fascinating characters and facts, and above all worthy of its subject. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
For the 25th anniversary of the first moon landing, a winning and detailed account of the Apollo astronauts, a dozen of whom were the first human beings to walk on the face of the moon. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 31, 1994

"Written for the general, but not the casual, reader, this work's extensive chapter notes on Kagan's methodology make it especially valuable to psychologists and psychiatrists."
A perceptive look at changing ideas about temperament, plus some strong opinions about the implications of current concepts. Read full book review >
INSTALLATION ART by Nicholas de Oliveira
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 19, 1994

"However, the book makes an important and useful reference point and a good start toward understanding an important facet of contemporary art."
This ambitious survey of the works of over 200 installation artists lacks a guiding rudder through the sea of pictorial information it presents. Read full book review >
THE HUBBLE WARS by Eric J. Chaisson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 18, 1994

The astrophysicist and author of The Life Era (1987) relates in characteristic deadpan fashion the tumultuous history of the ill-fated (if recently redeemed) Hubble Space Telescope project. ``Given both the unprecedented complexity of the vehicle on orbit and the idiosyncratic cast of human characters on the ground, it is a miracle that the Hubble Space Telescope works as well as it does,'' Chaisson states in this detailed and often bleakly humorous account of the super-telescope's trials. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 15, 1994

"There are lots of memorable lines, and telling, even funny anecdotes (don't miss the one about the barnacle that bit) that make this Weiner a winner. (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; History Book Club selection)"
An unusual and enjoyable look at the ongoing process of evolution. Read full book review >
UNIVERSE DOWN TO EARTH by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 5, 1994

"Well-written, authoritative, and almost always entertaining- -highly recommended."
Readers who find the physical sciences intimidating might profit from a look into this witty and accessible introduction to the foundations of modern science, with an emphasis on astronomy, by Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >