Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

RECEPTORS by Richard M. Restak
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 15, 1994

The bland title to psychiatrist/neurologist Restak's latest (The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own, 1991, etc.) refers to the fascinating subject of drugs and the brain. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Creditably, Thompson elaborates on the problems and politics while also neatly outlining the genealogies of science: who studied in whose lab forging the networks (and rivalries) that are par for the course in science."
Seasoned science writer Thompson (The Washington Post, Medical News Network) charts the course of the first successful human experiment in gene therapy, begun in 1990. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1994

"The 175 visuals should be splendid. (Color halftones, illustrations, and maps throughout—not seen)"
Forget bipedalism. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Designed for a popular audience, this is in fact a hefty read full of wonder and wisdom."
Another in a series of books (Joel Davis's Mother Tongue, p. 1303; Ray Jackendorf's Patterns in the Mind, p. 1439) popularizing Chomsky's once controversial theories explaining the biological basis of language. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"A mine of information, suitable for the intelligent nonspecialist. (Seventy b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Selection for January)"
In their latest medieval study, the Gieses (Life in a Medieval Village, 1990, etc.) explode the myth that the Middle Ages were unconcerned with the empirical and demonstrate that the Renaissance itself was the outcome of gradual progress made over the previous thousand years. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Ridley contends—not a popular thesis in recent decades—that such genetic programming is far more central to human nature than social conditioning. Extensively researched, clearly written: one of the best introductions to its fascinating and controversial subject."
A former editor of The Economist asks how sexual selection has molded human nature. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Entertaining mix of fact and fancy, along with solid information about genetic disorders."
Intriguing speculations about the possible effects on world events of the genetic abnormalities of certain well-known figures. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

An incisive study of ancient religion and the rise of belief in an impending apocalypse, by the author of the classic study The Pursuit of the Millennium. Read full book review >
SIGNS OF LIFE by Robert Pollack
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Cautionary and sober words that can well and truly inform current social, political, and scientific debates."
Pollack (former dean of Columbia College and colleague of James D. Watson) takes the popular metaphor of DNA as language—and really runs with it. Read full book review >
A SCIENTIST IN THE CITY by James Trefil
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Laypeople's science from one of the best in the business."
Popular science author Trefil (Reading the Mind of God, 1989, etc.) turns to those technology-driven forces—more important, in his view, than social, political, and economic ones—that affect how cities grow and die. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"More a monograph than a fully realized history but, still, a well-documented revisionist rebuke to those who would isolate Nazism as a unique phenomenon."
Narrowly focused yet chillingly effective indictment of the American scientists and social theorists who inspired and applauded Nazi racist ideology. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Multifaceted, and glittering with drama and wit. (B&w photographs, line drawings)"
The ancient alchemists sought for gold, but the new alchemists have found diamonds—in nearly unlimited quantities, and just a good squeeze away—reports Hazen (Science/George Mason University; coauthor, Science Matters, 1992, etc.) in this sparkling gem of technological history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >