Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 26, 2010

"A challenging but immensely rewarding read."
An environmental historian blends the past, present and future of exploration in a unique account of the Voyager space program. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Immensely readable and informative."
Pulitzer Prize winner Weiner (Science Writing/Columbia Univ.; His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine, 2004, etc.) offers a gripping account of the science of aging. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 15, 2010

"A smorgasbord for math fans of all abilities."
An expansive overview of numbers and figures, and those who find them irresistible. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 1, 2010

"A staggering work of epistemological research."
Former book editor and publisher Rosen (Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe, 2007) pursues the question of why English-speaking peoples developed the key mechanical innovations that propelled the modern world. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics."
A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"Breathtaking in scope and implication—a must-read."
A comprehensive, forward-thinking blueprint for sustainable living. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Along with Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli and Schrödinger, Paul Dirac (1902-1984) was a giant of 20th-century physics, and this rich, satisfying biography does him justice. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 24, 2009

"Superb."
New York Times "Science Times" writer Yoon debuts with a wondrous history of taxonomy—the science of ordering and naming living things—and how it has disconnected us from the natural world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"An extraordinary true-adventure story, complete with trials, tribulations and moments of exultation."
Sparkling group portrait of the intrepid naturalists who challenged accepted notions about the creation of life and transformed science in the process. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE BIG BANG by Brian Clegg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Anyone looking for an introduction to or a refresher course in cosmology need look no further."
Excellent popular history of how humans understand the universe. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 2009

"The definitive account of a watershed in American history."
A thorough recounting—as full in human terms as in scientific and technical detail—of NASA's first manned Moon landing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2009

"An empowering, heartfelt portrait of humanitarianism at work."
How a lifelong philanthropist aided some of the world's poverty-stricken populations with a shrewd economic plan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >