Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

VITAL DUST by Christian de Duve
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Withal, the reader cannot help but share de Duve's sense of joy and wonder at the chance and necessity that have created life on earth."
A panoramic view of life on earth from a Nobel laureate in physiology and Rockefeller University professor emeritus. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"The photos and illustrations (many in color) are handsome, but they can only enhance, never compete with, the drama of Wright's words."
As the articles, speeches, interviews, and books included here attest, the 1940s was a busy and honor-filled decade for America's most famous architect: Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax administration building were completed; the American Institute of Architects awarded him its Gold Medal; and he was commissioned to design New York's Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A bleak reckoning of the potential price of progress that will strike many observers as longer on ardor than analysis. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A professional alarmist's attention-grabbing, albeit overstated, appraisal of a brave new world in which demand for labor could fall ruinously short of supply. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A do-better lecture from an ivory-tower tenant, marred his inability to analyze, let alone explain, the ideals he professes and the institutions he challenges."
An academic's murky, meandering, and tedious case for the arguable proposition that America's learned professions should pay more systematic attention to the common weal. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"An excellent book on human origins and modern genetics, as well as an entertaining self-portrait by a leading figure in the study of both. (56 b&w illustrations)"
One of the founders of population genetics describes his life's work and its scientific context in this clear and accessible book, cowritten with his son Francesco. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Fascinating reading for doctors and patients alike."
Some surprising answers to questions about why our bodies are designed the way they are and why we get the diseases we do. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Readers more interested in substance than glamour—and willing to follow their guide through some rocky terrain—will be rewarded."
A thoughtful exploration of the ``deep structure'' similarities between the intellectual graces of music and mathematics. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Possibly the best popular treatment to date of the most glamorous and least understood of the biological sciences."
A lively and wide-ranging book about the accomplishments and aspirations of genetics and those who study it. Read full book review >
PALE BLUE DOT by Carl Sagan
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Nevertheless, Sagan will once again dazzle readers with his brilliance and breadth of vision. (Photos and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
This logical successor to Cosmos (1980) offers the characteristic Sagan blueprint for humankind's long-term vitality. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Presented in a postmodern stew of text and image, this Catalog is like a Table of Contents to the Zeitgeist—or the coolest Yellow Pages around."
Nietzsche was right when he spoke of eternal return. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Kids will love the ingenious three-dimensional objects that slip out of various enclosures and dangle from strings; grownups may find that they finally understand the principles of trigonometryor at least that puzzling them out is a lot more fun with visual aids."
British math instructor Gardner and designer Van der Meer (Your Amazing Senses, 1987) give us a magnificently produced volumemore like a game book than an instructional manualthat might amuse even the most die-hard math-hater. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"An often exciting look at frontiers of biology beyond the well-tilled fields of gene research. (68 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
It may come as a surprise that there are still scientific dissenters from Darwinism, but here's the proof, in a book that calls on biologists to put organisms, not molecules, at the center of the science. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Elin Hilderbrand
October 13, 2015

In Winter Stroll, a sequel to last year's holiday novel Winter Street, Elin Hilderbrand improves on the first by delving deeper into the emotional lives of the Quinn clan. Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley's estranged wife Mitzi shows up on the island, along with Kevin's devious ex-wife Norah and a dangerously irresistible old fling of Ava's, the Inn is suddenly overrun with romantic feuds, not to mention guests. “Although some of the Quinns' problems are resolved, many are not, happily promising a third installment next year,” our reviewer writes. View video >