Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >