Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The well and the sick alike will find much to ponder here— this is the kind of book whose thoughts and messages linger long after it has been closed. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
An astonishingly well written book that illuminates life's meaning without a trace of maudlin sentimentality. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With this fascinating volume, Kaku positions himself as a worthy successor to the late Carl Sagan as a spokesman for the potential of science to revolutionize our lives. (Author tour)"
Here's another entry in the game of predicting what science and technology will come up with after the turn of the millennium, this one from a theoretical physicist. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Accessible and provocative, but surely not the last word. (Author tour)"
From the author of The Evolution of Consciousness (1991) and other popular works on the human mind, a revealing account of his own and others' prior misunderstandings about the right and left brains, a concise summary of current knowledge, and some provocative speculations about the development and functioning of the two hemispheres. Read full book review >
BRIGHT PARADISE by Peter Raby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Importantly, Raby shows how the works of the explorers shaped a new Darwinian and colonialist worldview, one that remains mighty influential in the modern imagination. (8 pages illustrations and maps)"
A lucid and lively survey of Victorian explorers from Raby (English/Homerton College, Cambridge). ``For the English in the nineteenth century, abroad, and especially the Empire and the colonies, existed to bring things back from,'' notes Raby in a neat introductory capsulization. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A vibrant natural (and human) history of a biomassive throughway where large patches still remain unknown. (2 maps, not seen)"
The unique evolutionary story of the species-rich Central American land bridge is eloquently chronicled by Wallace (The Quetzal and the Macaw, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

HOW THE MIND WORKS by Steven Pinker
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Fascinating stuff."
With verve and clarity, the author of The Language Instinct (1993) offers a thought-challenging explanation of why our minds work the way they do Read full book review >
BOTS by Andrew Leonard
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"While Leonard may go a bit far in suggesting with his subtitle that bots could be an artificial form of intelligence, his Darwinian point, that only through conflict can any species (be it human or robotic) improve, is well taken."
An intriguing if somewhat frightening view of how the very fringes of a subculture (in this case, the computing subculture) can affect society. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 11, 1997

"Strong scientific support for the mind-body school of medicine, sure to rankle those alpha males back in the labs. (Author tour)"
Pert, a self-described ``catalyst in the mindbodyspirit revolution in modern medical science,'' and once a chief of brain chemistry at the NIH, freely intermingles vibrant stories of her professional and personal life with her theories about neuropeptides. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Highly recommended for geographers and students of the American scene. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A large and varied sampler of essays by the late doyen of American cultural geography, who died in 1996. Read full book review >
SMELL by Piet Vroon
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"As for the rest, there are enough tidbits and food for thought to please the curious mind."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the two ``chemical'' senses, including the fact that taste is as much a function of smell as it is of taste buds. Read full book review >
PLANET QUEST by Ken Croswell
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A thoroughly readable addition to the astronomy bookshelf. (illustrations)"
A lively, timely history of the search for extrasolar planets- -today's hottest astronomical game. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE BEGINNING by Martin Rees
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A strong and entertaining introduction to modern cosmology, by someone who has been close to the center of the debate. (Author tour)"
Astrophysicists and cosmologists play their mind games on the biggest of all boards—the entire known universe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >