Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >
Released: April 9, 2008

"Lucid and exciting."
Veteran science writer Regis (The Info Mesa: Science, Business, and New Age Alchemy on the Santa Fe Plateau, 2003, etc.) explores the mechanisms of life and the latest attempts to reproduce them in the lab. Read full book review >
BONK by Mary Roach
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lively, hilarious and informative look at science's dirty secrets."
Wondering whether orgasms make sows more fertile? Turn to Roach for the answer. Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 2008

"Essential reading for anyone concerned about how dangerous pet food and children's clothing manufactured in China make it into American stores."
Financial Times reporter Harney paints a vivid portrait of factory life in the country that sells consumer goods for the lowest price possible. Read full book review >
Released: March 11, 2008

"A genuine tour de force, skillfully delivering cogent descriptions of everything from subatomic structure to the laws of the universe."
Kaku (Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos, 2004, etc.) provides lucid explanations of gee-whiz wonders from science-fiction books, television and films. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Even readers with only a layperson's knowledge of evolution will learn marvelous things about the unity of all organisms since the beginning of life."
How human bones, organs and behavior reveal the history we share with fish, flies, worms and germs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >