Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

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 >
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"That inspiration is needed, along with a lot of hard work. A timely, rewarding book."
The world is flat, New York Times columnist Friedman told us in his bestselling 2005 book of that name. Now things are getting worse, and the clock is ticking. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >