Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music of the spheres reinterpreted to a New Age beatwith a short course in astronomy thrown in. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A Renaissance woman equates the Big Bang of interstellar expansion with the bang of sexual explosion. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Stewart makes his case in fascinating detail and with an easy, readable style that should make this material accessible to a wide range of readers. (100 drawings and photos, not seen)"
Spectacular as the advances in genetics have been, the DNA molecule tells only part of the scientific story of life; much of the rest, this work argues, is built upon physical and mathematical principles only now being recognized. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"A provocative subject well considered by a talented journalist."
From National Magazine Awardwinning journalist Wright (Remembering Satan, 1994, etc.), a survey of twin research that is adding fresh fuel to the old argument over nature versus nurture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Fans of popular-science writing and Arctic buffs alike will learn much from Arms's adventure. (Author tour)"
A tale of science and discovery on the high, frozen seas. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Lively and well written, offering a good sense not only of the intriguing first bird, but of the way science works."
An anthropologist (Penn State Univ.) examines one of the most famous fossil organisms ever discovered, and discusses its meaning in the ongoing debates about evolution. Read full book review >

CLONE by Gina Kolata
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"All the more reason the book should appeal to readers who want to learn the facts and think for themselves. (Author tour)"
Not a quickie to exploit the news sensation of the year, Kolata's review of the before-during-and-aftermath of the cloning of a Scottish sheep is a well-researched account of critical events in the history of embryology and developmental biology. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A veritable textbook thoroughly disguised as a diversion. (8 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A scientist with the knack of transforming the complex and abstract into the simple and concrete engagingly explains what science now knows about memory. Read full book review >
ISAAC NEWTON by Michael White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"White effectively sets the details of Newton's career against the larger canvas of the history of ideas, and this may be the first clear exposition of the full complexity of this brilliant and enigmatic figure."
The title gives the slant of this impressive new biography, which emphasizes Newton's intellectual debt to his predecessors. Read full book review >
A SCIENCE ODYSSSEY by Charles Flowers
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Those needing a detailed history, however, should certainly look elsewhere. (60 color, 90 b&w photos, not seen)"
This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series (to begin airing in January) offers a swiftly paced survey of many of the major scientific discoveries made over the past hundred years, including the evolution of modern physics and cosmology, the emergence of the revolutionary theory of plate tectonics, the development of airplanes, the exploration of space, and the long medical struggle to understand and control such ravaging diseases as polio, diabetes, and pellagra. Read full book review >
SPACE by Jesse Lee Kercheval
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A familiar coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space. (Author tour)"
A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Ocean''—and, thanks to the author's down-to-earth style, a pleasure to read."
A fact-finding tour of troubled waters. Read full book review >
THE ASCENT OF SCIENCE by Brian Silver
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Silver has given us one of the most stimulating overviews of science in recent years. (illustrations, not seen)"
This pleasing volume undertakes—with considerable success- -to chart the broad history of science from the Renaissance to the end of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >