Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Laudable in intent—though not in execution. (Fifteen b&w photographs.)"
Physicist Swimme (The Universe Is a Green Dragon, 1984—not reviewed) and cultural historian Berry (The Dream of the Earth, 1988) attempt to offer a new creation myth that incorporates a scientific view of the universe with philosophical speculation on humanity's place within it. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

A passionate case for the centrality of music in children's education; originally published in Norway. Read full book review >

MUSIC AND THE MIND by Anthony Storr
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Readers with their own inchoate reflections on the nature of music will be grateful to have Storr investigating and clarifying their experiences in such elegant, taut prose."
From Oxford psychiatrist Storr (Churchill's Black Dog, 1989, etc.): a lucid and absorbing study of the relationship between music and the human experience. Read full book review >
BONES by Douglas Ubelaker
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"The general reader in search of true-crime forensic suspense, though, will be better off with Christopher Joyce & Eric Stover's livelier Witnesses from the Grave (1990). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Bullet, stab, and hatchet wounds abound in this super-serious memoir/essay about police science—but Ubelaker (Curator of Anthropology/Smithsonian Institution) and Scammell (Mortal Remains, 1991) avoid sensationalism in discussing their gruesome subject, and give a close, often technical look at how skeletal remains aid in solving mysteries. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

"As in his previous outings, here again, in the final analysis, Peters broaches a wealth of ideas without ever managing to be genuinely thoughtful—though you wouldn't know it from the 250,000- copy first printing. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for January)"
Apparently bent on doing for management science what Timothy Leary did for psychology, Peters here extends the cheerfully anarchic precepts advanced in Thriving on Chaos (1987)—which in turn represented a sharp departure from the more conventional wisdom of the two coauthored works (In Search of Excellence and A Passion for Excellence) that helped make him an archguru in the first place. Read full book review >

LOOKING AROUND by Witold Rybczynski
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Rybczynski—estimable critic and valuable observer—in a form best browsed through."
The subtitle here is a disappointment, because in fact these gathered examples of Rybczynski's recent architecture journalism aren't historically organized: They show his usual steady hand and watchful intelligence, and yet, lacking the narrative thread of The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989) or Waiting for the Weekend (1991), they can suffer from a recurrent sameness, beginning to feel less like a pleasant ramble than like a journey that won't quite end. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Nothing but a sense of wonder bonds these essays together, which means there's something for everyone and everything for those who love science."
A bonanza of original science essays by top names in the field, written to benefit Share Our Strength, a nonprofit hunger- relief foundation. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The road to equality, paved with good intentions—and reams of barbed wire."
Contentious plea for boosting intelligence as the key to a classless society. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Somehow, both would agree, mathematics is larger than that—as evidenced in this informative book."
In one of those coincidences that mathematicians themselves would say probability theory was designed to fathom, October will see the publication of two new books dealing with the history of mathematics. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Will no doubt raise a few hackles, but Pitino's tale of doings on and off the court will be the most discussed basketball book of the season. (B&w photos—eight pages—not seen.)"
Star basketball-coach Pitino's candid and emotional account of the Kentucky Wildcats' revival from sanctions and probation in 1989 to the dramatic at-the-buzzer loss to Duke in the NCAA semifinals earlier this year. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Nevertheless: tantalizing far-out physics, conveyed with clarity and imagination."
Halpern (Time Journeys, 1990) hits upon another topic compelling enough to overcome his rather deadpan style: the scientific search for black holes, white holes, and wormholes that may transport humans and objects almost instantaneously through space and time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >