Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"An entertaining, disorganized, and inspiring jaunt, the chief value of which is its message to readers: Reach for the stars."
A brief, engaging, sometimes scintillating ramble around the cosmos with Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton; dir., Hayden Planetarium), who shares his perspectives and experiences as an African-American astrophysicist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 2000

"A must for any library—and a wonderful gift for anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural historians, and quiz kids."
Ifrah's monumental follow-up to From One to Zero (1993) goes from one to (almost) infinity as he meticulously reviews the numbers and reckoning systems of countless tribes and cultures in a dazzling scholarly performance. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Readers may not agree with Amato's pessimism, but there's no denying he has forcefully underscored just how much humankind has both suffered and feared, celebrated and revered, the visible world of dust."
Never favored with a great press (except when made of gold or spices), dust finally gets the full social, scientific, and historical treatment. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"There are just too many skeletons in its many closets, and Darton obligingly opens each one to peek inside."
A zesty, succinct contextualization of the World Trade Center, its seaminess and semiotics, from novelist and academic Darton (Media Studies/Hunter; Free City, 1996). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Engrossing stuff."
More well-told tales from the files of neurologist Klawans (Life, Death, and in Between, 1992, etc.), this time illustrating his views on the brain's evolution. Read full book review >

ABSOLUTE ZERO AND THE CONQUEST OF COLD by Tom Shachtman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Despite Shachtman's uneven treatment, there emerges here a disarming portrait of an exquisite, ferocious, world-ending extreme."
An intriguing but ponderous history of controlled cold and the pursuit of absolute zero. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Gee's corrective arguments at once ground his science in humility and liberate thinking about Deep Time through their invitation to chart a seamless topology of life then and now."
A persuasive as well as convivial introduction to cladistics—paleontology's answer to the discontinuities of Deep Time—from science writer Gee (Nature magazine). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1999

"Kolata's is a knowledgeable voice, and her enthusiasm for the chase draws us into the intrigue. Her frightening conclusion? It could happen again, at any time."
A still-unsolved medical mystery, expertly told: What caused the influenza pandemic of 1918, a disaster that dwarfs every other epidemic in this century? And could it happen again? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 1999

"Fragmented and muddled, with considerable solid research gone to waste. (125 illus.)"
A brief and remarkably dull history of the creature comforts, from indoor flush toilets to microwave ovens, that are taken for granted in homes today. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"Full of ideas but going nowhere in particular, which is perhaps what the author intended all along. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
Part history, part philosophy, with some story problems thrown in for good measure: a wandering tale of the origins and uses of the number zero. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Well-written, unfailingly lively, and packed with fascinating characters—one of the best scientific histories in years."
The 17th and 18th centuries saw a scientific revolution unlike any in history; here's a look at the remarkable men (and a few women) who brought it about. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 1999

"With the year 2000 on the horizon, Steel hits the shelves at an opportune time; unfortunately, the general reader will have to look elsewhere for a more accessible history of our often illogical calendar."
A topical but pedantic study of how our calendar's development has owed as much to human choice as scientific precision. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >