Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 2)

SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor."
Harari (History/Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) provides an immersion into the important revolutions that shaped world history: cognitive, agricultural and scientific. The book was originally published in Israel in 2011 and became a best-seller. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A revealing work that validates the statement that watching policy being made is like watching sausage being made—not a sight for the squeamish."
A well-researched history of Reye's syndrome that explores how science, medicine and politics interact. Read full book review >

ENERGY REVOLUTION by Mara Prentiss
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"In a genre rife with forecasts of doom and exhortations in favor of frugal living, Prentiss provides impressive evidence that things may work out just fine."
A surprisingly optimistic analysis of the world's unsustainable, wasteful energy consumption. Read full book review >
TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD by Steven Weinberg
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"While Weinberg confines most mathematics to a 95-page appendix, readers will strain to comprehend some of the lengthy nuts-and-bolts explanations, but those who persist will come away with a stimulating view of how humans learn from nature."
Histories of science celebrate great thinkers of the past. In this ingenious account, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Weinberg (Chair in Science/Univ. of Texas; Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, 2012, etc.) celebrates generously but gives equal emphasis to why they often missed the mark.Read full book review >
THE POWERHOUSE by Steve LeVine
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A book with built-in appeal to both scientific minds and those thinking about sustainable transportation options."
The history and progression of the lithium-ion battery and its critical role in modern technology. Read full book review >

TALES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN by Michael S. Gazzaniga
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A lively appreciation of both the complexity of the human mind and the scientific enterprise."
"How on earth does the brain enable mind?" That is the still-to-be-answered question posed by Gazzaniga (Who's in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain, 2011, etc.), the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Read full book review >
HALF-LIFE by Frank Close
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fine account, heavy on science and politics, of a long, productive, peripatetic and ultimately inexplicable life."
Months after the 1950 arrest of British nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs, Bruno Pontecorvo (1913-1993) vanished behind the Iron Curtain. Everyone assumed that he was also a Soviet spy, but extensive investigation found no evidence that he provided secrets to the Soviets. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO TOUCHED HIS OWN HEART by Rob Dunn
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Credit Dunn with a valuable text that offers something for everyone—patients, practitioners, medical students, historians and policymakers."
The heart was a black box up until a century ago, writes Dunn (Ecology and Evolution/North Carolina State Univ.; The Wild Life on Our Bodies, 2011, etc.). His well-researched text chronicles how the box was opened.Read full book review >
BOLD by Peter H. Diamandis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An empowering and multifaceted 'playbook' for the creative entrepreneur."
How rapid-fire technology is equipping startup entrepreneurs with the tools required to create popular and profitable business models. Read full book review >
TOUCH by David J. Linden
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"So surpassing does Linden make touch seem that even turning the pages of his book becomes a pleasurable experience."
A crisp reminder that the sense of touch is not to be taken lightly. Read full book review >
WORDS ONSCREEN by Naomi S. Baron
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A clear call for common sense and reason that will likely fall on ears covered with headphones."
A darkling view of what our world—and what we—will be like if codex reading eventually surrenders to the flickering screens of e-readers.Read full book review >
MIND CHANGE by Susan Greenfield
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Challenging, stimulating perspective from an informed neuroscientist on a complex, fast-moving, hugely consequential field."
A comprehensive overview of the scientific research—albeit in its infancy—into the effects of cybertechnology on our brains. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >