Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A fascinating story, well told."
In a narrative that often reads as compellingly as the best spy fiction, freelance science writer Buderi tells the story of how British and American scientists developed microwave radar, a device that helped win WW II and spurred a transformative postwar technical revolution. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Surveys a great deal of fascinating ground, but from the standpoint of a true believer rather than of an objective explorer. (Author tour)"
The acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics puts modern biology and ecology under his revisionist scrutiny. Read full book review >

DAVE BARRY IN CYBERSPACE by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And it can be read with zero RAM, too. (Author tour)"
User-friendly Barry, tour guide to the world and elsewhere (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.), takes a crack at cyberspace and comes up with a loony naturalist's guide to computer geekdom. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"As always, Calvin's thinking about thinking gives plenty of food for thought."
Neurophysiologist Calvin (The Ascent of Mind: Ice Age Climate and the Evolution of Intelligence, 1990, etc.) continues to explore the human mind in a lively, erudite fashion, this time drawing on evolutionary biology, ethology, linguistics, and neuroscience. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gould fans will be charmed at the cogency and cleverness of his arguments—but expect a wall of opposition from pious and diehard progressivists. (50 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Now hear this: Evolution is not progressive. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An informative and well-documented discussion of the famous case, which may not end the Piltdown argument, but which will certainly influence the debate in the future. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A new theory on the culprit behind the Piltdown Hoax—in which a fraudulent early human fossil was foisted on the scientific establishment—is at the heart of this lively book. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Such questions have no answers, but Rawlins asks them brilliantly."
In eight essays, Rawlins (Mathematics/Indiana Univ.) speculates on the exciting, scary new world computers are bringing us. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fine, challenging, and timely work of scholarship and criticism. (First serial to the New York Times Book Review; Book- of-the-Month/History Book Club alternate selections)"
An eminent scholar's exploration of a crucial theme in Western literature and culture: forbidden knowledge. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS OF THE FLAMING CLIFFS by Michael Novacek
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fine treatment for the general reader and a treasure trove for dinosaur buffs. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Field paleontology in Mongolia's Gobi Desert is at once the most difficult and the most rewarding of scientific endeavors; here's a firsthand account by the leader of a major expedition. Read full book review >
IMPACT! by Gerrit L. Verschuur
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Occasionally overblown, often jumpy in its organization, this is nonetheless a strong treatment of one of the key scientific discoveries of our time. (40 halftones, 3 linecuts, not seen)"
Verschuur, an astronomer (Hidden Attraction, 1993), offers a detailed and alarming account of the meteors and comets that have struck the Earth in the past, with devastating consequences, and reminds us that such disasters are likely to reoccur. Read full book review >
THE WIRED NEIGHBORHOOD by Stephen Doheny-Farina
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though his concern for our troubled localities is justified, Doheny-Farina takes the wrong path in blaming the Internet and seeing in it the means to a solution."
Another entry in the tired line of books expressing alarm over the Internet and its effect on our eroding communities. Read full book review >
TOLSTOY'S DICTAPHONE by Sven Birkerts
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though Birkerts packs this forum on the side of literary Ludditism, these varied responses to technophilia and the Information Age still have plenty of individual charm."
Stepping down a bit from his Arnoldian brand of technophobia, Birkerts (Gutenberg Elegies, 1994) gathers fellow writers' essays together to confront the wired future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >