Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Lots of fascinating lore—but by the fifth or sixth catastrophe, readers may be reaching for a bromide."
Ten ``what-if'' astronomical questions-and-answers comprise this clever effort by Comins (Astronomy and Physics/Univ. of Maine), who writes often for Astronomy magazine. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 22, 1993

"An ambitious and provocative call to greater awareness, marred by sometimes tortuous turns of expression and thought."
A stimulating, though not elegantly expressed, vision of the evolution of the cosmos—and of our role in its future. Read full book review >

WRINKLES IN TIME by George Smoot
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

A nova-burst of fine astronomy writing, as physicist Smoot and San Francisco Examiner science writer Davidson tell the story behind the discovery of the cosmic ``seeds,'' implanted by the Big Bang, that grew into galaxies, planets, and us. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"Suffused with the sense of wonder that unites the wide-eyed child and the white-haired Nobel laureate: an uncommonly good collection. (Twenty illustrations)"
Twenty-four shapely essays, most drawn from American Scientist, by paleoichthyologist Thomson (Living Fossil, 1991), president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"A magisterial study of an awesome and intriguing public career. (Photographs)"
In 1970, organic chemist, Harvard president, and nuclear- weapons mandarin Conant published a ponderous and unrevealing autobiography, My Several Lives. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Okay science popularizing—but nearly indistinguishable from dozens of other books on the subject."
From physicist and science writer Morris (The Edges of Science, 1990, etc.): a nontechnical introduction to recent developments in cosmology. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Rheingold's central point is that there's a revolution taking place on-line; with this thoughtful, supportive critique, he's continuing his fair bid to be its Tom Paine."
An enthusiastic tour of cyberspace by one of its pioneers. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A one-sided, rather stiff telling of a tale that—as a paradigm of grass-roots activism—has needed to be told: Now, if only a Roger Caras or a Cleveland Amory would tell it again, with style. (Photographs—not seen)"
Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"The very fact that she and others have enriched the record by their scholarly exposÇs, however, offers hope for the future."
Much has been written about discrimination against women in science, including assertions that brain size and temperament precluded their ability to study and succeed. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

In a readable departure from the mass of business books, technological futurist Burrus invites seven fictional characters to enjoy a week of after-dinner card games, where they learn profitably to use his business axioms and predictions by playing them as winning cards in a postindustrial form of poker. Read full book review >
QUARRY by Noel T. Boaz
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Peppery, informative bones of contention."
``Have they found it?'' will be the query of most readers. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Some heavy going in the inevitable discussions of the scientific evidence—but, on the whole, compelling and readable."
Sarasohn, a Washington-based journalist for Legal Times, turns her attention to the notorious case in which a team led by Nobel laureate David Baltimore (Physiology, 1975) published a scientific paper later exposed as being built on fabricated data. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >