Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Bush remains, as this biography demonstrates, a complex, deeply controversial, and profoundly influential figure."
Disproving Vannevar Bush's claim that any biography of him would be terrible, Zachary (Show-Stopper!, 1994), a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, deftly follows the life and career of the single most important scientist working for the US during WW II. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Unfortunately, his organization is somewhat disjointed and he often omits background information that the lay reader might need to follow his argument. (color and b&w photos, charts, graphs, not seen)"
Claims of Martian life continue to spur scientific debate; this partisan account summarizes the arguments to date. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"So the mix of sex and politics is ever-present, and Blum's book is a fine reminder of how inevitable—for better or worse— that mix seems to be. (Author tour)"
To the growing genre of gender-behavior books, add Pulitzer Prize winner Blum's (The Monkey Wars, 1994) take on sex differences. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Not easy going by any means, but worth the work for anyone interested in the thought processes of a scientist on the leading edge of his discipline."
One major school of quantum theory posits a multiplicity of universes; but what does that imply about the reality we live in? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A solid contribution to popular geography."
A discursive look at the ongoing transformation of the American landscape. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"McGowan closes with a macabre little endpiece on the deceptive tranquillity of an English garden that, while truly black of humor, adds a surprising fillip to the lecture. (line art)"
A schoolmasterish exposition on prey/predator survival techniques from University of Toronto zoologist McGowan. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Not for the squeamish, but possibly the perfect gift for a science-minded teenager. (photos, not seen)"
What this volume reveals about the everyday world we live in may shatter forever the equanimity with which you regard the bed you lie on, the air you breathe, or even your loved ones. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A blend of philosophy and physics that will stir both specialists and nonspecialists to think freshly about what is real."
A Nobel Prizewinning chemist bridges science and philosophy in explaining how chaos theory shows that time is real and determinism untenable. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Handsomely illustrated, written with such sterling clarity that any reader can grasp the arguments, and thorough in its coverage, Einstein's Mirror is a model of science writing for a lay audience. (94 color plates, 156 halftones, 54 line diagrams, not seen)"
Einstein's theory of general relativity has had, as the authors of this layperson's guide to the theory note in something of an understatement, ``a profound impact on our modern view of the universe.'' Hey (Electronics/Univ. of Southampton, England) and Walters (Adult Continuing Education/Univ. of Wales, Swansea) go on to offer an admirably lucid, nontechnical, and impressively argued explanation of both what the theory means and how, since Einstein first formulated it, experiments have repeatedly proven him correct. Read full book review >
ECO HOMO by Noel T. Boaz
Released: July 30, 1997

"Boaz's thought-provoking subject makes up for his sometimes clumsy prose style; worth a look by anyone interested in our origins and probable future."
An intensive exploration of our current knowledge of the ecological influences on human evolution. Read full book review >
Released: July 29, 1997

"Yellowstone's wonder, and he gives it one warm, all-embracing bear hug. (33 b&w photos, 2 maps)"
The wondrous and subtle cultural landscape of Yellowstone, and the powerful effect it has had on the human imagination, is lovingly detailed in this comprehensive, level-headed study from Schullery (The Bear Hunter's Century, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"A concise, stimulating introduction to an increasingly intriguing part of Internet society."
A useful overview of the impact of religion on the Internet, offering lengthy, stimulating interviews with individuals active in Web culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >