Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Even sophisticated readers will blink as the author reveals the dazzling diversity of life, its ability to thrive in areas formerly thought barren (miles under the sea, under ice caps, under the earth's crust, in space), and the ingenuity of scientists searching for it."
Finding and naming plants, animals, bugs and germs might seem a dull scientific career, but Dunn (Zoology/North Carolina State Univ.) proves that it's the opposite in this vivid history full of colorful characters and spectacular discoveries. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Promises to instigate a lively conversation about the origins and meaning of art, not only among the author's peers in academia, but also in the culture at large."
Pugnacious, witty and entertaining first book by prolific essayist and critic Dutton (Philosophy of Art/Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), who founded the influential blog Arts & Letters Daily. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 12, 2008

"A tour-de-force by a talented young author who makes a difficult subject accessible."
Fast-paced history from debut author Gilder, who employs invented but historically accurate dialogue to surprisingly good effect, revealing the personalities as well as the ideas of quantum physicists. Read full book review >
EATING THE SUN by Oliver Morton
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Top-notch popular-science writing."
Meticulous but always engaging account of photosynthesis, the process that makes life possible. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A rewarding account of two scientists who not only made great discoveries but enjoyed world recognition during their long, eventful lives."
Richly detailed biography of the man who discovered the planet Uranus and partnered with his sister to lay the foundations of modern astronomy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2008

"Eminently readable basic science with an irresistible hook."
A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us. Read full book review >
VERSAILLES by Tony Spawforth
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Arch, authoritative and richly descriptive."
Portrait of the evolution of French court life and politics at Versailles. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"That inspiration is needed, along with a lot of hard work. A timely, rewarding book."
The world is flat, New York Times columnist Friedman told us in his bestselling 2005 book of that name. Now things are getting worse, and the clock is ticking. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Science writing of the first order."
A fast-paced account of the early-20th-century quest to develop synthetic fertilizer. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

"A beguiling account of the critical role smell plays in our lives."
A scientist tells us entertaining things about odors both pleasant and foul. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2008

"An endlessly entertaining and informative treatment of a vast, sometimes difficult subject."
Business historian Klein (The Change Makers: From Carnegie to Gates, How the Great Entrepreneurs Transformed Ideas Into Industry, 2003, etc.) brings the steam and electrical power revolutions memorably to life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >