Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

WONDERS AND THE ORDER OF NATURE, 1150-1750 by Lorraine Daston
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 16, 1998

"An informed and original look at the role of wonder during a time when there was a whole lot to wonder about. (114 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Historians of science Daston (Harvard) and Park's (Max Planck Inst.) sweeping investigation into the place of wonder and wonders in natural philosophy and history—from the High Middle Ages to the Enlightenment—is dense with erudition and pleasingly light on its scholarly feet. Read full book review >
TO SEEK OUT NEW LIFE by Athena Andreadis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 15, 1998

"An entertaining book that deserves an audience well beyond sci-fi fandom."
A Harvard biologist explains the real science behind the popular sci-fi TV show. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 7, 1998

"His wonderful description of the emergence and proliferation of life on earth combines the vision of a scientist with an intimate knowledge of the fossil record with the insight of a scholar for masterful interpretation. (24 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
The story of the creatures great and small who have graced the planet then and now, and of the scientists who have studied them, marvelously told by a senior paleontologist at London's Natural History Museum. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 6, 1998

"Highly recommended."
A leading Danish science writer argues that our conscious mental processes are only the surface aspect of the mind. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"But do credit Zimmer with this scholarly disquisition on two of evolution's most absorbing transformations."
Points to Zimmer, a senior editor at Discover magazine, for tackling unplowed ground in popular paleontology: no less than the movement of life from sea to land (over 350 million years ago) and the later reverse migration as land mammals returned to the sea. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"As a careful analysis of what's really going on, it falls short. (illustrations, not seen)"
A feel-good guide to doing business in the post-industrial age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A story of a little known American achievement that played an essential role in containing hostilities during the Cold War. (63 b&w photos, 13 line illustrations, not seen)"
A history of the top secret CORONA spy satellite missions (not officially revealed until 1992), believed by many experts to be the most important modern development in intelligence gathering. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"What he does—and does well—is convey the richness of the material world and the ingenuity of humankind in making use of it."
Remember when you learned about the Stone Age, followed by Bronze and Iron? Read full book review >
ECOVIEWS by Whit Gibbons
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 25, 1998

"These are enthralling regional tidbits, the kind of stuff that makes readers yearn for more, for the big picture. (illustrations, not seen)"
Musings on the environment, particularly that of the southeastern US, delivered with an easy fireside manner, from the Gibbonses (he's author of Their Blood Runs Cold, not reviewed; she's a freelance editor). Read full book review >
BECOMING HUMAN by Ian Tattersall
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 23, 1998

The latest entry into the who-are-we-and- where-did-we-come-from debate is from Tattersall (The Fossil Trail, 1995, etc.), the highly regarded fossil expert and curator of the department of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"Reading this, straphangers will gain a little compassion for subway conductors—and maybe stop whacking them on the head."
The subway conductor—the man or woman, in a tiny compartment in the train's middle car, whose head emerges when the train stops in a station—is the one who bear the brunt of harried commuters' dissatisfaction with the vagaries of New York City's transit system. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >