Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1998

"More of a —greatest hits— of madmen than a measured look at madness and genius."
A haphazardly assembled collection of profiles of inventors, philosophers, writers, artists, and just plain brilliant madmen. Read full book review >
A GENTLE PLEA FOR CHAOS by Mirabel Osler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1998

"Osler's thinking is original, intuitive, and sharp as a tack; as a gardening writer she rightly sits up there with Henry Mitchell and Eleanor Perenyi."
Osler's plea is not so gentle; rather, it's opinionated (though never dismissive), bell-clear, wickedly humorous, brilliant—a call for cultivated anarchy in the garden that turns an oxymoron into a sensuous, sensible act. Read full book review >

LIFE SIGNS by Robert Jenkins
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 1998

"Entertaining and informative, worth reading even by non-Trekkies. (For another look at Star Trek, see Jeff Greenwald, Future Perfect, p. 712.)"
Here's another—probably not the last—in the recent batch of books explaining modern science by referring to popular sci-fi shows. Read full book review >
THE ECOLOGY OF EDEN by Evan Eisenberg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Huge, unformed, half-baked, and often interesting, this is the basis for a fine book—but not that book itself."
An unsuccessful synthesis of the natural history of mankind, and of the history of mankind in nature, —real and imagined.— Eisenberg examines scientific, historical, anthropological, and theological ideas of the ways in which humans fit in to the natural world, from the ancient myth of the Garden of Eden to the medieval great chain of being and modern notions of deep ecology and bioregionalism. Read full book review >
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE INVISIBLE by Wayne Biddle
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Biddle's book adds up to little more than an assemblage of scientific and cultural factoids and gross-out trivia—which makes it just right for bright teenagers of an inquiring bent, and for collectors of useless information everywhere. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A resoundingly fun if sometimes unappetizing inquiry into the world of microbes, germs, and other invisible but influential phenomena. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Brin's writing is eclectic, wandering and fun. Some of what he says is, well, crackpot. But Brin is also no anarchistic dreamer, no 'cypher punk,' as he puts it. The transparent, unregulated future of freedom is only a possibility, a result of long processes of experimentation and gained wisdom."
Self-described crackpot and prolific science-fiction writer Brin (Infinity's Shore, 1996, etc.) ponders the technological threats to and possibilities for freedom in the not-too-distant future. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"His well-written overview eyes the larger questions implicit in the subject."
Has human engineering improved on nature? Read full book review >
THE MIND'S PAST by Michael S. Gazzaniga
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1998

"An intriguing theory, assertively stated, but often Gazzaniga's arguments seem too reductive or dogmatic to be convincing. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Adding to a growing genre that purports to say how mind arises from brain, a study that is short and witty but not entirely convincing. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"A vivid, clearly written account of cutting-edge science that should appeal to general audiences."
The senior science writer for Time summarizes current scientific evidence for the presence of life beyond Earth. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Both highly readable and enlightening'science made simple, not simplistic."
A researcher into primate behavior has turned her Ph.D. thesis on Theory of Mind in chimpanzees into an engaging look at how we humans understand what is going on in each others' minds. Read full book review >
TIME by Clifford A. Pickover
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1998

"In spite of the overly cute narrative form, this could serve as an entertaining introduction to modern scientific principles for bright students as well as adults."
A playful introduction to modern physics from a Discovery magazine columnist. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 23, 1998

"In this case the audience can and should include students of all ages. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection)"
In 1963—two years before he got the Nobel Prize—Feynman was asked to deliver three lectures to a lay audience at the University of Washington. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >