Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

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 >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 14, 1993

"The author's call to arms hasn't many specifics, but his conviction and sincerity are relayed with power, and his gentle reflectiveness may well outlast the brassiest battle cry."
Freyfogle (Law/University of Illinois) joins the burgeoning chorus calling for a new land ethic—a new ecovision—before Earth's slow decline reaches the point of no return. Read full book review >
SELF-MADE MAN by Jonathan Kingdon
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"Thought-provoking, information-packed fare for general readers as well as paleoanthropology buffs. (One hundred photos, maps, and drawings, including sketches by Kingdon of humans of various races and cultures, showcasing the diversity of the species.)"
Kingdon (Zoology/Oxford) examines human evolution with the idea that—beginning with the earliest stone axes and sharpened sticks—technology has been part of the human environment and, therefore, has influenced evolution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >