Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

OXYGEN by Nick Lane
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Provocative and complexly argued."
British biochemist Lane (University College, London) examines questions of life and death as seen through the lens of oxygen. Read full book review >
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Andrew Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cutting-edge science, highly recommended."
The Cambrian period saw the first proliferation of complex life on earth, and herewith is the fascinating argument that the development of vision triggered "evolution's big bang." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cleverly entertaining 'stand-up' science in search of a cosmic punch line."
Award-winning science writer Cole (The Hole in the Universe, 2001, etc.) offers a "love letter to the universe and those who explore it" in an essay collection culled from her popular LA Times column. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"A fine piece of scientific sociology."
British author Sabbagh (A Rum Affair, 2000, etc.) looks at a major unsolved problem in pure math and the men working to solve it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2003

"A highly accessible survey."
Scientists wield sophisticated new tools as they finally approach some answers to the basic question of how order arises from chaos. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 2003

"A tantalizing glimpse of how the uncertainties of quantum theory may yet be tamed for work of the highest precision."
New York Times science writer Johnson (Strange Beauty, 1999, etc.) explains why quantum computers are expected to be the next major breakthrough. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"A fine demonstration of science made accessible. (4 line drawings)"
The author of Making Babies (2001) takes a lively, witty tour of the X chromosome, creator of "a delicious asymmetry between men and women." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"A fascinating and well-written account of scientists at work in an often neglected discipline."
New Scientist editor Walker looks at the hottest issue in geology: whether or not the Earth of some 700 million years ago was covered in ice. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2003

"Fascinating and important material, though it deserves better exposition."
A leading neurologist and critically praised science writer (The Feeling of What Happens, 1999, etc.) argues that research on human emotions supports the 17th-century philosopher's conclusions about the mind-body problem. Read full book review >
THE DELPHIC BOAT by Antoine Danchin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Altogether, a rich Gallic feast of ideas to stimulate and savor, while agreeing with the author that 'there is still a great deal that is obscure in our understanding of life.'"
The long view—meticulous, informed, speculative—on what the genome revolution means. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The scientific status of VSL remains uncertain, but its creator's account of his investigations is irresistible."
A brash young cosmologist describes his attempts to redefine one of the keystones of relativity. 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 >