Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >
YOU ARE HERE by Christopher Potter
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 3, 2009

"One of the best short surveys of science and its history in recent years."
A well-executed, consistently readable layperson's exposition of the state of scientific knowledge. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Splendidly satisfying reading, designed for a nonspecialist audience."
An enthusiastic update on the search for the materials that make up the universe. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A valuable, fast-moving look at the history—and mystery—of the world's first analog computer."
New Scientist editor Marchant debuts with a riveting look at the mysterious Antikythera mechanism. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Histories of ideas are rarely page-turners, but Werth has done the trick."
A rich, entertaining slab of Victorian American history, focused on the debate over evolution. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Even sophisticated readers will blink as the author reveals the dazzling diversity of life, its ability to thrive in areas formerly thought barren (miles under the sea, under ice caps, under the earth's crust, in space), and the ingenuity of scientists searching for it."
Finding and naming plants, animals, bugs and germs might seem a dull scientific career, but Dunn (Zoology/North Carolina State Univ.) proves that it's the opposite in this vivid history full of colorful characters and spectacular discoveries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Promises to instigate a lively conversation about the origins and meaning of art, not only among the author's peers in academia, but also in the culture at large."
Pugnacious, witty and entertaining first book by prolific essayist and critic Dutton (Philosophy of Art/Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand), who founded the influential blog Arts & Letters Daily. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 12, 2008

"A tour-de-force by a talented young author who makes a difficult subject accessible."
Fast-paced history from debut author Gilder, who employs invented but historically accurate dialogue to surprisingly good effect, revealing the personalities as well as the ideas of quantum physicists. Read full book review >
EATING THE SUN by Oliver Morton
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Top-notch popular-science writing."
Meticulous but always engaging account of photosynthesis, the process that makes life possible. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >