Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"The best look at this subject since Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection (1973)."
An exuberant, provocative look at the possibility of extraterrestrial life, what it might be like, and what it might mean. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A real treat for aviation buffs, and by far the best one-volume analysis of the subject."
A superb history of flying machines, by one who should know. Read full book review >

Released: May 6, 2003

"Loads of good explaining, with reminders, time and again, of how much remains unknown, neatly putting the death of science into perspective."
Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.), a man who knows how to track down an explanation and make it confess, asks the hard questions of science—e.g., how did things get to be the way they are?—and, when possible, provides answers. Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2003

"Deeply satisfying account of a rotten crime solved by chemical sleuthing."
The expertly told story of a murder and a molecule. Read full book review >
DNA by James D. Watson
Released: April 7, 2003

"A grand tour of epochal events in biology history."
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Watson-Crick double helix model, and with a PBS series on the history of DNA hosted by Watson, this blockbuster recaps how it happened, what came before, where we are today, and what the future may hold. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2003

"Gould, who lived and died exemplifying that sort of consilience, clearly has the last word."
The late paleontologist is in full and eloquent posthumous voice as he laments a false dichotomy that has pitted science against the humanities, including religion and ethics, since the 17th century. Read full book review >
OXYGEN by Nick Lane
Released: April 1, 2003

"Provocative and complexly argued."
British biochemist Lane (University College, London) examines questions of life and death as seen through the lens of oxygen. Read full book review >
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Andrew Parker
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cutting-edge science, highly recommended."
The Cambrian period saw the first proliferation of complex life on earth, and herewith is the fascinating argument that the development of vision triggered "evolution's big bang." Read full book review >
WATSON AND DNA by Victor K. McElheny
Released: Feb. 28, 2003

"A powerful contribution to the history and culture of molecular biology as well as a fitting tribute to one of its principal progenitors."
Definitive biography of James Watson, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his discovery with Francis Crick of DNA's double helix shape. Read full book review >
SIX DEGREES by Duncan J. Watts
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Well-done, comprehensive overview of a field that's likely to be an important growth area of science."
One of its young pioneers explains the rudiments of network theory, a science almost too new to have a name. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"The scientific status of VSL remains uncertain, but its creator's account of his investigations is irresistible."
A brash young cosmologist describes his attempts to redefine one of the keystones of relativity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 28, 2003

"The music of science, as irresistible as Vetiver or Rive Gauche."
An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >