Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >

SIX DEGREES by Duncan J. Watts
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The scientific status of VSL remains uncertain, but its creator's account of his investigations is irresistible."
A brash young cosmologist describes his attempts to redefine one of the keystones of relativity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 2003

"The music of science, as irresistible as Vetiver or Rive Gauche."
An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A very welcome, highly readable contribution to intellectual history."
A lucid portrait of like-minded if very different Brits who worked, schemed, and conversed the Industrial Revolution into motion. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A rich, sophisticated argument that may leave pious souls a little uneasy."
The well-published MIT cognitive scientist and linguist (How the Mind Works, 1997, etc.) takes on one of philosophy's thorniest problems in this lucid view of what makes humans human. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"The present threat of biological terrorism makes this scientific page-turner especially timely."
Truly alarming report on the growing resistance of bacteria to once-effective antibiotics and the struggle of scientists to find new weapons against them. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Mysteries, menaces, and thrills for the skyward eye."
A first-rate science-writer (The Whole Shebang, 1997, etc.) delves into his lifetime passion for stargazing, and the result is essential reading for kindred spirits and all would-be astronomers. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 2002

"A meticulous account of slippery science that develops slowly into a panoramic view of the biomedical world."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Crewdson (The Tarnished Door: The New Immigrants and the Transformation of America, not reviewed) relates a cautionary tale of the American doctor who lied repeatedly to take credit for discovering the AIDS virus. Read full book review >
GENES, GIRLS, AND GAMOW by James D. Watson
Released: Feb. 5, 2002

"Watson seems more tempered this time around, especially in the treatment of Rosalind Franklin. But the urge to reveal all will surely upset a few who may not see it that way at all."
Part memoir, part love story, part homage to the brilliant physicist George ("Geo," pronounced Joe) Gamow, this is another tell-all tale in the tradition of The Double Helix. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

"An epic tale, human stories, and science without equations: a likely candidate to fill the popular science niche so prominently occupied by Dava Sobel's Longitude."
Well-written and highly entertaining history of progressively more successful efforts to date the earth and later efforts to do the same for the universe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >