Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"They have names like Blois, Esclimont, and Montigny-Le- Ganelon—just three of the 34 chÉteaux covered by Binney, formerly of Country Life and currently architectural correspondent for The Times."
Their empires are gone, their royalty have been variously beheaded or imprisoned in the pages of tabloids, their Olympic teams are routinely humiliated by squads from the New and Third Worlds—but France and England still have some really big houses. Read full book review >
VITAL DUST by Christian de Duve
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Withal, the reader cannot help but share de Duve's sense of joy and wonder at the chance and necessity that have created life on earth."
A panoramic view of life on earth from a Nobel laureate in physiology and Rockefeller University professor emeritus. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"The photos and illustrations (many in color) are handsome, but they can only enhance, never compete with, the drama of Wright's words."
As the articles, speeches, interviews, and books included here attest, the 1940s was a busy and honor-filled decade for America's most famous architect: Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax administration building were completed; the American Institute of Architects awarded him its Gold Medal; and he was commissioned to design New York's Guggenheim Museum. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A bleak reckoning of the potential price of progress that will strike many observers as longer on ardor than analysis. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
A professional alarmist's attention-grabbing, albeit overstated, appraisal of a brave new world in which demand for labor could fall ruinously short of supply. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A do-better lecture from an ivory-tower tenant, marred his inability to analyze, let alone explain, the ideals he professes and the institutions he challenges."
An academic's murky, meandering, and tedious case for the arguable proposition that America's learned professions should pay more systematic attention to the common weal. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"An excellent book on human origins and modern genetics, as well as an entertaining self-portrait by a leading figure in the study of both. (56 b&w illustrations)"
One of the founders of population genetics describes his life's work and its scientific context in this clear and accessible book, cowritten with his son Francesco. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Fascinating reading for doctors and patients alike."
Some surprising answers to questions about why our bodies are designed the way they are and why we get the diseases we do. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Readers more interested in substance than glamour—and willing to follow their guide through some rocky terrain—will be rewarded."
A thoughtful exploration of the ``deep structure'' similarities between the intellectual graces of music and mathematics. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Possibly the best popular treatment to date of the most glamorous and least understood of the biological sciences."
A lively and wide-ranging book about the accomplishments and aspirations of genetics and those who study it. Read full book review >
PALE BLUE DOT by Carl Sagan
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Nevertheless, Sagan will once again dazzle readers with his brilliance and breadth of vision. (Photos and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
This logical successor to Cosmos (1980) offers the characteristic Sagan blueprint for humankind's long-term vitality. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Presented in a postmodern stew of text and image, this Catalog is like a Table of Contents to the Zeitgeist—or the coolest Yellow Pages around."
Nietzsche was right when he spoke of eternal return. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Kids will love the ingenious three-dimensional objects that slip out of various enclosures and dangle from strings; grownups may find that they finally understand the principles of trigonometryor at least that puzzling them out is a lot more fun with visual aids."
British math instructor Gardner and designer Van der Meer (Your Amazing Senses, 1987) give us a magnificently produced volumemore like a game book than an instructional manualthat might amuse even the most die-hard math-hater. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >