Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

Released: May 1, 1995

"An excellent examination of important issues in the biological sciences; a companion volume discussing the physical sciences in similar style and depth would be a welcome addition to the New York Review catalogue."
Based on a series of popular lectures at the New York Public Library, this collection features original essays by leading writers and thinkers in the sciences: Jonathan Miller, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel J. Kevles, R.C. Lewontin, and Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by Sylvia A. Earle
Released: April 19, 1995

"An urgent message, beautifully delivered. (32 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A riveting portrait, both chilling and inspiring, of our largest and most crucial natural resource. Read full book review >

Released: April 10, 1995

"Despite the cheerleading, a clear and readable account of the new discipline's brief but exciting history. (16 b&w illustrations)"
Omni reporter Regis, who glanced at nanotechnology in Great Mambo Chicken and the Transhuman Condition (1990), here turns to full-scale investigation of the subject. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Some nuggets here for philosophers of science, neuroscientists, mathematicians, and computer folks—but one wonders if maybe Cornwell didn't stack the deck a bit and if a different cast might have come up with a different consensus."
Erudite essays that explore the pros and cons of reductionism in science. Read full book review >
SILICON SNAKE OIL by Clifford Stoll
Released: April 1, 1995

"A staunch defender of library books and card catalogs, Stoll takes noble ideas and swamps them in a morass of overzealous grouching. (Author tour)"
A message for avid computer users from the author of The Cuckoo's Egg (1989): Get a life. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1995

"We can learn a lot from and about babies and children, and Morgan is a first-rate guide."
A highly readable treatise on human development—so good it can be recommended to any new or about-to-be ma (and pa). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, timely commentary on the manipulation of scientific inquiry in the interest of political ideology."
Policy, popular culture, and genetics meet in this intelligent critique of our society's search for easy answers. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"A good alternative to much true-crime ephemera. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A breezy, enjoyable, and informative collection of anecdotes by the FBI crime lab, by an enthusiastic if unskeptical fan. Read full book review >
RIVER OUT OF EDEN by Richard Dawkins
Released: March 29, 1995

"An excellent overview of the subject."
Dawkins (Zoology/Oxford Univ.) returns to the concerns of his The Blind Watchmaker (1986), presenting the case for Darwinian natural selection as the only reasonable explanation for biological diversity. Read full book review >
SKYGODS by Robert Gandt
Released: March 21, 1995

"With a full ration of fine yarns from the cockpit and flight line, a genial requiem for a once consequential heavyweight."
A veteran pilot's affectionate, anecdotal take on the slow death of Pan American World Airways, which, in the unsentimental language of the trade, went ``Tango Uniform'' (``tits up'') at the end of 1991. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Well written, exhaustively researched, and filled with the human stories of the scientists, the doctors, and the patients whose only hope is this new field of medicine."
Adapted from the authors' Pulitzer Prizewinning series for the Chicago Tribune, a detailed look at the cutting edge of medical research: attacking disease by repairing inherited flaws in the cells of the human body. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

A prolific popularizer of science, Davies (Physics/Univ. of Adelaide, Australia; The Matter Myth, 1992, etc.) gives a broad survey of concepts of time, a subject he has become intimately acquainted with in his research. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >