Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

Released: May 6, 2003

"Loads of good explaining, with reminders, time and again, of how much remains unknown, neatly putting the death of science into perspective."
Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.), a man who knows how to track down an explanation and make it confess, asks the hard questions of science—e.g., how did things get to be the way they are?—and, when possible, provides answers. Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2003

"Deeply satisfying account of a rotten crime solved by chemical sleuthing."
The expertly told story of a murder and a molecule. Read full book review >

DNA by James D. Watson
Released: April 7, 2003

"A grand tour of epochal events in biology history."
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Watson-Crick double helix model, and with a PBS series on the history of DNA hosted by Watson, this blockbuster recaps how it happened, what came before, where we are today, and what the future may hold. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"Gould, who lived and died exemplifying that sort of consilience, clearly has the last word."
The late paleontologist is in full and eloquent posthumous voice as he laments a false dichotomy that has pitted science against the humanities, including religion and ethics, since the 17th century. Read full book review >
OXYGEN by Nick Lane
Released: April 1, 2003

"Provocative and complexly argued."
British biochemist Lane (University College, London) examines questions of life and death as seen through the lens of oxygen. Read full book review >

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Andrew Parker
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cutting-edge science, highly recommended."
The Cambrian period saw the first proliferation of complex life on earth, and herewith is the fascinating argument that the development of vision triggered "evolution's big bang." Read full book review >
WATSON AND DNA by Victor K. McElheny
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"A powerful contribution to the history and culture of molecular biology as well as a fitting tribute to one of its principal progenitors."
Definitive biography of James Watson, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his discovery with Francis Crick of DNA's double helix shape. Read full book review >
SIX DEGREES by Duncan J. Watts
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The scientific status of VSL remains uncertain, but its creator's account of his investigations is irresistible."
A brash young cosmologist describes his attempts to redefine one of the keystones of relativity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 2003

"The music of science, as irresistible as Vetiver or Rive Gauche."
An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A very welcome, highly readable contribution to intellectual history."
A lucid portrait of like-minded if very different Brits who worked, schemed, and conversed the Industrial Revolution into motion. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A rich, sophisticated argument that may leave pious souls a little uneasy."
The well-published MIT cognitive scientist and linguist (How the Mind Works, 1997, etc.) takes on one of philosophy's thorniest problems in this lucid view of what makes humans human. 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 >