Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

BONK by Mary Roach
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lively, hilarious and informative look at science's dirty secrets."
Wondering whether orgasms make sows more fertile? Turn to Roach for the answer. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 31, 2008

"Essential reading for anyone concerned about how dangerous pet food and children's clothing manufactured in China make it into American stores."
Financial Times reporter Harney paints a vivid portrait of factory life in the country that sells consumer goods for the lowest price possible. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 11, 2008

"A genuine tour de force, skillfully delivering cogent descriptions of everything from subatomic structure to the laws of the universe."
Kaku (Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos, 2004, etc.) provides lucid explanations of gee-whiz wonders from science-fiction books, television and films. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Even readers with only a layperson's knowledge of evolution will learn marvelous things about the unity of all organisms since the beginning of life."
How human bones, organs and behavior reveal the history we share with fish, flies, worms and germs. Read full book review >
THE LIVING COSMOS by Chris Impey
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 18, 2007

"A skillful account of the universe, the nature of life and where in the universe life might occur."
Lively, clear and up-to-date overview of astronomy, cosmology, biology and evolution, specifically as related to the search for extraterrestrial life. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 8, 2007

"Not everything is as easy as pie (or pi) to grasp, and therein lies the excitement and challenge of science, masterfully conveyed here."
Decrying smug scientific illiteracy, New York Times science writer Angier (Woman, 1999, etc.) deftly sets forth the universally accepted principles underlying basic science that everyone should understand. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2007

"An exemplary biography, at once sympathetic and unsparing. Readers will admire Einstein's greatness as a thinker, but they will now know that he, like all other idols, had feet of clay. See Jürgen Neffe's Einstein (2007) for more on the subject."
A comprehensive and marvelously readable life of the eminent scientist—and more, the eminent counter-culturalist, rebel, humanist and philanderer. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"An inviting introduction to modern cosmology and philosophy with no prerequisites other than the willingness to entertain counterfactuals, imponderables and leaps of faith. Nicely done."
A vade mecum for head-scratchers by the multifaceted Frayn (The Copenhagen Papers, 2001, etc.), whose philosophical concerns are notably many and well attested in his body of work. Read full book review >
THE SCIENTIST AS REBEL by Freeman Dyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Studded with wondrous gems—and just enough provocation to stimulate debate."
British-born polymath physicist Dyson (The Sun, the Genome, and the Internet, 1999, etc.) addresses the most controversial issues of the day with a sharp mind unblunted by time. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Top-flight debunking takes all the air out of the moon race."
An exposé arguing that the Apollo Program conned taxpayers and provided a lavish, risky ego trip for technocrats and politicians. Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS by Alain de Botton
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A lyrical and generously illustrated monograph about the intimate relationship between our buildings and ourselves. (To be a three-part PBS series, Fall 2006)"
Graceful disquisition on the significance of architecture, by a novelist and essayist whose eclectic interests range from How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997) to Status Anxiety (2004). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2006

"An important reference for anyone interested in this forgotten scientist and his still-vibrant ideas."
Erudite yet highly accessible biography of the Prussian explorer and naturalist who altered the 19th century's intellectual climate and became the godfather of the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >