Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

Released: March 1, 1995

"Lacking cohesiveness and closure, this good-natured account doesn't quite add up to the sum of its fascinating parts. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A rich study of the role of the Municipal Art Society in the urban planning and development of New York City throughout the 20th century. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"A challenging work that's worth reading, but requires patience."
An ambitious and evenhanded meditation on the science of genetics, its potential, and its ethical implications. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"An excellent and updated review of a major trailblazer's spin on AI. (Library of Science dual main selection)"
Artificial intelligence expert Hofstadter (Gîdel, Escher, Bach, not reviewed, etc.) challenges conventional computer simulations of reasoning. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"It's a satisfying picture, but Dick deserves more authoritative, less worshipful editing than he receives from Sutin."
A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1995

"Cone also does his book—not to mention the salmon- -a disservice by muting his clear conservationist sympathies under an awkward, ill-fitting cloak of reportorial detachment. (Photos, not seen)"
A weighty, cautionary tale about the Pacific salmon: 50 million years in the making, a handful of decades in the unmaking. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 13, 1995

Osserman addresses all those humanities lovers who, in high school or college, screwed up their brows in consternation when confronted by a differential equation and said, ``Why do I need to know that?'' Evangelizing on behalf of mathematics, Osserman (Mathematics/Stanford; Deputy Director of the Mathematical Science Research Center at Berkeley) does without formulas, instead offering a broad survey of the history of mathematics and an account of how abstract mathematical thinking led to revolutions in physics and technological knowledge. Read full book review >
BEING DIGITAL by Nicholas Negroponte
Released: Feb. 3, 1995

"Negroponte brings decades of experience to his subject, but it's all for naught; his book is a muddle of retread cyber-hype and familiar predictions, relieved only by occasional flashes of original insight. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
Negroponte—founder of MIT's groundbreaking Media Lab—offers a brief, rambling survey of the digitization of culture that's not nearly as original as one might expect. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"We are left with a detailed but superficial review of the important findings of several modern archaeologists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 26 line drawings)"
In a whirlwind tour of 13 archaeological sites around the world, Fagan's sleepy, fact-heavy narrative fails to present major scientific discoveries as much more than the sum of their plodding details. Read full book review >
EROS AND EVOLUTION by Richard E. Michod
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Sure to spark a lively debate."
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Wise words from a highly qualified observer of humanity past and present."
A refreshing appraisal of the state of the science of human origins. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"They have names like Blois, Esclimont, and Montigny-Le- Ganelon—just three of the 34 chÉteaux covered by Binney, formerly of Country Life and currently architectural correspondent for The Times."
Their empires are gone, their royalty have been variously beheaded or imprisoned in the pages of tabloids, their Olympic teams are routinely humiliated by squads from the New and Third Worlds—but France and England still have some really big houses. Read full book review >
VITAL DUST by Christian de Duve
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Withal, the reader cannot help but share de Duve's sense of joy and wonder at the chance and necessity that have created life on earth."
A panoramic view of life on earth from a Nobel laureate in physiology and Rockefeller University professor emeritus. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >