Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"An appalling story of industry abuse and regulatory stupidity (and that's the generous reading)."
Have some lead with your french fries? Seattle Times reporter Wilson delivers a crackerjack investigative report on the toxic wastes in the fertilizer that helps grow the food on your table. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Stunningly comprehensive and intensely absorbing. Should be required reading for anyone who eats."
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter's remarkable survey (winner of the 1998 Raymond Clapper Award) of the history, promise, and unknown dangers of genetically modified foods. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2001

"A rollicking account of a good, old-fashioned visionary who gathered together—under one roof or connected by cables—like-minded visionaries to make the whole expansive notion of personal computing and networking a reality."
Meet J.C.R. Licklider, the man who put "personal" in "personal computers," in this lively, memorable, and wickedly detailed biography from Waldrop (Creativity, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Holmes is a science writer to watch. Who ever thought dust could so shine?"
Dust. It's a blessing and a curse—and it gets the undivided, brightly humorous yet astute attention of Discovery Channel Online science writer Holmes. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2001

"A good demonstration that clothes make the mansion, as well as the man."
Playing to one of his strengths, Rybczynski (One Good Turn, 2000, etc.) takes a seemingly whimsical topic—the role of fashion in architecture—and lightly teases from it some discomfiting truths. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fascinating. A delight for anyone interested in bird life and issues of extinction and endangerment."
Informed musings on humanity's relationship with nature and the extinction of animal species. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >