Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Flintier than Paul Goldberger's Up from Zero (p. 724), unsparingly showing New York City's power brokers taking a nation-bending hole in the ground and mixing into it a witch's brew of ego, politics, greed, and amnesia."
Architectural writer Nobel takes a gimlet-eyed view of the reconstruction process, analyzing how various characters went about filling the multifaceted void left by the erasure of the World Trade Center. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A wonderful celebration of hands-on physics back in the days before megateams presided over megabuck atom-smashers."
An engaging, well-researched account of nuclear physics 75 years ago. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of Dawkins's best: a big, almost encyclopedic compendium bursting with information and ideas."
Borrowing from Chaucer, Dawkins leads a grand tour of all surviving "pilgrims" to a "Canterbury" representing the very origin of life—and what a fantastic trip it is. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An accessible and extremely well written exploration of the deep waters of cosmology, astrophysics, and exobiology."
Companion volume to a PBS Nova special takes a look at the origins of life, the universe, and everything. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A mind-boggling, sometimes stomach-churning glimpse of a profession that is far more demanding than TV's glamorized version of it."
A "bone doctor's" gritty, fascinating account of her challenging career analyzing skeletal remains to discover how people died, who they were, and even what they looked like. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 2004

"Well written and illuminating."
A detailed history, not so much of the genome as of genetics itself. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2004

"A highly provocative work of popular science."
Can human nature be reduced to a set of laws that can then be used to organize society? By this intriguing account, many a physicist is now exploring such a question. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2004

"Eulogistic and very personal treatment of a world to itself, full of incident and lovely as a Whistler nocturne."
A magical tour of night's great landmarks. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"A great story, deftly told."
The tale of the first European scientific expedition to South America and its extraordinary aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2004

"The definitive account of one of the most memorable events in medical history."
A chronicle of the race to map and sequence the human genome that pitted the government against private industry, no holds barred. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"The best look at this subject since Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection (1973)."
An exuberant, provocative look at the possibility of extraterrestrial life, what it might be like, and what it might mean. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A real treat for aviation buffs, and by far the best one-volume analysis of the subject."
A superb history of flying machines, by one who should know. 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 >