Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

YOU ARE HERE by Christopher Potter
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 >
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >

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 >
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
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 >
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A rewarding account of two scientists who not only made great discoveries but enjoyed world recognition during their long, eventful lives."
Richly detailed biography of the man who discovered the planet Uranus and partnered with his sister to lay the foundations of modern astronomy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 2008

"Eminently readable basic science with an irresistible hook."
A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us. Read full book review >
VERSAILLES by Tony Spawforth
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Arch, authoritative and richly descriptive."
Portrait of the evolution of French court life and politics at Versailles. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >