Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Like many a software designer, the author has put plenty of information into his work, but has failed to make it user-friendly. (b&w drawings)"
An ambitious but baffling history of automatic calculation, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic numbers to modern computers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Bodanis delivers on his promise to make the significance of Einstein's formula at least somewhat understandable for general readers. (20 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A readable history and explanation of the only physics equation that has taken on a life of its own in popular culture. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2000 by James Gleick
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Superb brain candy for those who aren't afraid of a few esoteric diagrams (most of them unseen) and little math."
Biographer and science journalist Gleick (Faster, 1999, etc.) comes up with the equivalent of the best issue of Scientific American you've ever read—without the Volvo ads. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"The end result is an unfortunate paradox: an important subject, rendered impenetrable by the self-importance of its author. Gilder groupies and techno-libertarians will eat it up, though."
Buried beneath futurist hyperbole and purple prose, here lurks a potentially very interesting—if rather blithely utopian—argument regarding the ascendance of fiber-optics communications as the driving engine of technological and economic progress. Unfortunately, Gilder (Microcosm, 1989, etc.) is too busy playing techno-visionary and paradigm-shifter to state his case in a clear, compelling manner. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"A master historian and writer takes on another pivotal epoch in American history."
Acclaimed historian Ambrose (Comrades, 1999, etc.) takes on one of the biggest and most influential engineering projects in American history—the building of the transcontinental railroad. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An eye-opening perspective on biology, ecology, and medicine—well worth reading, even if the subject makes you squeamish."
Parasites, the stuff of many people's nightmares, are a biologist's dream—superbly adapted creatures that have evolved sophisticated strategies for living off their hosts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Antonacci's research will reinforce the faith of those who already believe in the Shroud, but is unlikely to win any converts among empirical-minded skeptics."
An attempt to demonstrate the scientific authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An absorbing analysis of issues that will dominate 21st-century biomedical science as technology steams full-speed ahead, leaving major moral issues in its wake."
An examination of the hostilities surrounding the use of animals in research. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Despite the cuteness, though, a user-friendly guide to the nuts and bolts of genetic engineering."
Australian geneticist Walker and microbiologist McKay offer a simple guide to the exciting field of genetic engineering. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF THE EARTH by Jonathan Bate
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An eccentric but worthwhile study."
An engaging, closely researched selection of poets whose mediating powers between humans and the natural world have helped restore our links to the earth. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Dabbs's writing is wonderfully accessible, with a voice like that of a favorite professor whose class you never want to miss."
A fascinating and timely study of the hormone testosterone and its varied effects on individuals and society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A lucid, highly readable report on ecological science on the front lines."
If you really think that conducting biological research in the tropics is a glamorous occupation, then here's a reality check. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >