Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >
Released: Dec. 18, 2007

"A skillful account of the universe, the nature of life and where in the universe life might occur."
Lively, clear and up-to-date overview of astronomy, cosmology, biology and evolution, specifically as related to the search for extraterrestrial life. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2007

"Not everything is as easy as pie (or pi) to grasp, and therein lies the excitement and challenge of science, masterfully conveyed here."
Decrying smug scientific illiteracy, New York Times science writer Angier (Woman, 1999, etc.) deftly sets forth the universally accepted principles underlying basic science that everyone should understand. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN by Walter Isaacson
Released: April 10, 2007

"An exemplary biography, at once sympathetic and unsparing. Readers will admire Einstein's greatness as a thinker, but they will now know that he, like all other idols, had feet of clay. See Jürgen Neffe's Einstein (2007) for more on the subject."
A comprehensive and marvelously readable life of the eminent scientist—and more, the eminent counter-culturalist, rebel, humanist and philanderer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >