Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

LAW AND SOCIAL NORMS by Eric A. Posner
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A stimulating application of game theory to law, equally valuable for social scientists and those interested in legal theory."
In the tradition of the Chicago School of law and economics, Posner (Law/Univ. of Chicago) offers an insightful study of the relationship between legal regulation and social norms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"An important book and impressive piece of science writing."
When Dolly, the cloned sheep, met the media in 1997, she unleashed a torrent of headlines, articles, editorials, and at least one book (Clone ,by Gina Kolata). Another after three years seems superfluous, but it's the one to read. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"All told, lots of neat stories of invention and inventors, told by a witness and participant who deplores the passive voice. 'You and I have made the world we live in,' he says—and he, for one, rejoices in it."
An elaboration on the NPR broadcasts made by Lienhard (Mechanical Engineering/Univ. of Houston), who contends, basically, that machines are us. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

Pesic, a tutor and musician in residence at St. John's College in Santa Fe, sees scientists as driven to wrest the secrets of nature in a struggle that takes on emotional, even erotic overtones. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A seaworthy effort. (b&w photos, illustrations)"
Lively, encapsulated histories of a dozen or so adventurers, scientists, and eccentrics who experimented to discover ways to plumb the depths of the ocean, written by British scientist Trevor (Marine Biology/Univ. of Liverpool). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A warning and a foreshadowing of what will ultimately be a major issue in the years to come within the electronic world."
A well-meaning but ultimately sketchy study that tackles the problem of maintaining privacy in the ever-developing world of the Internet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A wild ride with some important lessons."
Murdock was 49 in 1996, the CEO of a biotech company named CellPro, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoma. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"The history and theory and practice of the business of science in business are presented in some detail. The lab coats beat the suits every time."
Technology maven Buderi (The Invention That Changed the World, 1996) tips his reporter's fedora to the corporate laboratories that promise increasingly better living through the wonders of science. His descriptions of futuristic gee-whiz projects are enough to make next year's sci-fi look unimaginative and old-hat. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"As popular natural histories go, Alexander's is a yeoman's work, with enough telling details to give the elephant a justly unique, mesmeric image. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
An entertaining albeit at times overengrossed portrait—cultural, physiological, historical—of the elephant. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A surprising account of material overlooked or misunderstood by both historians of science and interpreters of Greek myth. (83 b&w illustrations)"
Scientific paleontology began in the 19th century, but the ever-curious Greeks were well aware of fossils. Here's a clear account of what they knew about them—and what they made of the strange bones they found. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2000

"Wellwritten, insightful, and a useful reminder of the complex issues still unsolved in the biological sciences."
This wideranging collection of provocative essayreviews from The New York Review of Books focuses on the biological sciences. Read full book review >
TOWER by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Henderson may meander a bit, but his search for fulfillment and a renewed outlook on life lands on solid and fertile ground. (10 b&w illustrations)"
Pushcart Press founder and publisher Henderson (Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club, 1996, etc.) discovers the "utter joy of building" and shares his quest for grace, bargain lumber, and something to call God in this part-memoir, part-how-to labor of love. 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 >