Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

Released: May 31, 1993

"Brain candy, then, and none too convincing."
A brief for a new discipline known as ``evolutionary psychology''—as well as a pessimistic assessment of the human condition, based on the alleged biological sources of social customs in lemurs and other primates. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

"Kimbrell sends a meaningful message—but at the price of dismissing any good to come from genetics research in favor of pietistic nay-saying."
Given the title here, as well as the foreword by Jeremy Rifkin (biotechnology's most ardent antagonist), readers are well advised concerning the content of this polemic by the policy director of Rifkin's Foundation on Economic Trends. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1993

"Immensely informative—and lots of fun. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
A reader-friendly survey of the current state of astrophysics and cosmology, weaving together up-to-the-minute observations, the most recent theories, and profiles of the major figures in the field—along with enough rudimentary background to make it all comprehensible to an intelligent lay reader willing to invest some effort. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

"His book could be one of them."
Cognitive psychologist Norman searches for humane technology and just plain user-friendliness in the paraphernalia and artifacts employed in everyday life. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

"A work of science that reads like a good mystery—and that's entertainment. (Thirty-eight line drawings and seventeen halftones)"
Big-league environmental events—chronicled in absorbing, illuminating style by Officer (Earth Sciences & Engineering/Dartmouth) and Page (Songs to Birds, reviewed below, etc.). Read full book review >

Released: April 28, 1993

"This is one cosmic egg that may be too big to crack."
Goswami (Physics/University of Oregon; coauthor, The Cosmic Dancers, 1983) uses quantum physics to promote monistic idealism- -the theory that both matter and mind have their origin in consciousness. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"A fine depiction of a homespun chief executive who maintained control and a levelheaded wisdom in the face of powerful and diverging political and economic forces."
A lucid analysis of how Russia's unpredicted space-race breakthrough affected, and was handled by, the nation's 34th President. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"MPSLUGetc); still, an entertaining, informative history that doubles as a solid guide to the nature of magnetism and electricity. (Sixteen halftones, seven line drawings.)"
Using the story of magnetism as his framework, Verschuur (The Invisible Universe, 1986—not reviewed) discusses—from the vantage point of a committed propagandist for the scientific method—our historical journey from superstition to physics. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF ISAAC NEWTON by Richard S. Westfall
Released: April 1, 1993

"An altogether admirable job of scholarship, whose weightiness is balanced by the surfacing, from time to time, of Westfall's dry humor. (Six halftones; nine line drawings.)"
A condensed version of Westfall's 1981 biography of Newton, Never at Rest (priced at $100 and not reviewed), that nevertheless displays a high level of scholarship and detail. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Required reading for anyone concerned with continued abuses of power by the military- industrial complex."
Foerstel's Surveillance in the Stacks (1991) was a science librarian's response to the FBI's ``Library Awareness Program,'' in which the feds asked for records of ``suspicious'' foreign nationals consulting technical reference books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >