Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: March 23, 1993

"Not to be missed by true-crime fans—but to be read with rubber gloves."
Excellent but gruesome history of the meaning of scientific clues in the catching and jailing of murderers. Read full book review >
Released: March 8, 1993

"This should crack a few test tubes."
A withering indictment of modern science by, of all people, the science-and-philosophy columnist of The Sunday Times of London. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1993

"Some new information of interest to computer buffs, but much old news, too, that's been better told by others."
Disjointed survey of computer crime that sensationalizes some aspects while—seemingly whenever another journalist has been there first—downplaying others. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"On the other hand, the author knows American business and businesspeople thoroughly, making this an important management tool for a cleaner era."
Massive information-gathering and a dedicated belief in the potential profitability of green business practices distinguish this lively manual for the environmental reform of companies. Read full book review >
FUZZY LOGIC by Daniel McNeill
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"This one, while fuzzy in details, at least serves to introduce readers to the concepts and a dazzling cast of characters."
The concept of fuzzy logic has been surfacing as the wave of the future on the business pages and in articles on Japan. Read full book review >

AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS by Michael R. Beschloss
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Despite the self-serving tone of many of the diplomats interviewed: a superb early take on a watershed period in diplomatic history."
A vivid, behind-the-scenes examination of the close relationship between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in the last scenes of the cold war. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"So readers will be rewarded to learn what happened to Tom Lehrer as well as to hear about the great and the tragic."
For a change, not just a miscellany of previously published pieces but essays—including two originals—with a couple of underlying themes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Complex science made not just accessible but wholly fascinating, and communicated with a sense of urgency yet without sensationalism. (Seven illustrations—not seen.)"
How and why new viruses ``emerge,'' their possible impact on humanity's future, and what scientists are doing about it. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Covers some of the same ground as Henry Petroski's The Evolution of Useful Things (p. 1297), with less flair but more hands-on advice. (Thirty illustrations.)"
First-time author Weber (Psychology/Oklahoma State) on how inventions—from doorknobs to Velcro—come to be. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"A good bet for puzzlers and budding math students. (Thirty- four drawings.)"
Something of an oddity: Tahan, a Brazilian mathematician, casts a series of mathematical puzzles into the form of a continuous narrative describing the adventures of a 13th-century Persian mathematician, Beremiz Samir, secretary to a vizier in Baghdad. Read full book review >
THE NEANDERTALS by Erik Trinkaus
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"Easily the best book on the subject. (Seventy-five illustrations—five seen.)"
Fine scientific history, as Neandertal specialist Trinkaus (Anthropology/Univ. of New Mexico) and educator Shipman (The Johns Hopkins Univ. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"A highly knowledgeable insider's look at the world of physics- -wrapped in a bright, shiny, purely delightful package."
Lederman, the 70-year-old Nobel-winning experimental physicist and former director of Fermilab, takes the reader on a rollicking tour of mankind's two-thousand-year search for the nature of matter and lets the public in on what grand discoveries may lie ahead. 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 >