Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 3)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Halpern ably explores the clashing personalities and worldviews that had physics in churning ferment during the early part of the 20th century."
The history of a grand theory—the theory of everything, aka the unified field theory—that never achieved flight and the two household names that kicked the fledgling theory from the nest before its time. Read full book review >
COAL WARS by Richard Martin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 14, 2015

"Martin is unequivocal and persuasive: The best use of coal is in holiday stockings."
Coal will never stop blighting our planet, writes energy analyst Martin (SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future, 2012), and its good riddance can't come too soon.Read full book review >

BEYOND by Chris Impey
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 13, 2015

"There's not a lot new here, and most of the information can easily be found elsewhere, including Impey's own books. Still, he provides a useful synthesis without prerequisites and a welcoming invitation to join the space race."
Do we have a future in space? By astronomer Impey's (How It Began: A Time-Traveler's Guide to the Universe, 2012, etc.) account, the answer is yes—but we must get working immediately.Read full book review >
THE NEW WILD by Fred Pearce
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pearce's book could use some pruning and shaping of its own, but his theme is significant: There is no going back when change is the norm."
Environmental journalist Pearce (The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth, 2012, etc.) examines the effects of introduced species and our responses to them. Read full book review >
HEADSTRONG by Rachel Swaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Readers may argue over the selections, but Swaby provides succinct and informative narratives on some of the women who have made important contributions to the realm of science."
Minibiographies of women and their accomplishments in science. Read full book review >

WORK RULES! by Laszlo Bock
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 7, 2015

"An intriguing profile of an innovative company that continues to shake up the world."
The head of "People Operations" at Google discusses how the company grew into a world leader in its field and why economics was not necessarily the primary driver of its development. Read full book review >
THE EUREKA FACTOR by John Kounios
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 7, 2015

"Being good scientists, the authors' secrets of success lack the dramatic specificity of more commercial authors, but readers will appreciate their ingenious, thoughtful update on how the mind works."
"Things just clicked." "It was a spark of inspiration…a bolt of lightning…an epiphany…." Readers curious to know what happens when we solve a problem in a flash will find the latest research here. Read full book review >
PROFESSOR STEWART’S INCREDIBLE NUMBERS by Ian Stewart
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 7, 2015

"Stewart receives an A for telling us how vast, wonderful and useful are all the members of the world of numbers but a lower grade for his explanation of the whys and wherefores."
The erudite British math professor revels in the wonders of numbers. Read full book review >
A ROUGH RIDE TO THE FUTURE by James Lovelock
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 3, 2015

"For those so inclined, this book is like getting Mother Earth News and Wired magazines in the mail on the same day."
A radical shift in thinking about climate change from Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia theory. Read full book review >
A DISEASE CALLED CHILDHOOD by Marilyn Wedge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"In an important read for open-minded parents, Wedge offers fresh perspectives and practical approaches to the continuing ADHD conundrum."
An astute examination of the ADHD epidemic, what's causing it, and how a radical, nonmedicinal treatment approach may help. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"Less truly revelatory and more just a difference in tone and spirit than previous accounts."
A reframing of the biographical narrative of the late Apple visionary, from the perspectives of business journalists Schlender and Tetzeli and the associates of Jobs' they interviewed. Read full book review >
GALILEO'S TELESCOPE by Massimo Bucciantini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2015

"This erudite work will take some effort to follow and understand, but it's well-worth the effort for a glimpse into the world-shattering effect of the birth of the telescope."
Italian professors of the history of science Bucciantini (Univ. of Siena), Camerota (Univ. of Cagliari) and Giudice (Univ. of Bergamo) explore the geographical dispersion of the telescope and the radical change its "new sky" produced. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >