Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: March 20, 2018

"Programmers, social engineers, and management consultants are among the many audiences for this useful, thought-provoking book."
If it can be built, it can fall apart: a cautionary study in how complex systems can easily go awry. Read full book review >
THE PLEASURE SHOCK by Lone Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A thoughtful, always interesting look into the workings of the mind—and the sometimes-surprising implications of how those workings have been revealed."
Science in the service of power can easily be warped and distorted—but, as this book shows, it can sometimes yield unexpected benefits. Read full book review >

ELASTIC by Leonard Mlodinow
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers looking for advice on business success or personal growth will find pearls of wisdom, but this is not Mlodinow's focus. He sticks firmly to a few ideas already showing their age (that computers will never be truly intelligent), but mostly this is top-quality popular neuroscience."
With the world changing so rapidly, our thinking must change as well. This ingenious account by bestselling science writer Mlodinow (Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, 2012, etc.) describes how we think and how we might do it better. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A useful introduction to the history of quantum theory for scientifically inclined readers."
A historical exploration of quantum physics, which "predicts a stunning variety of phenomena to an extraordinary degree of accuracy." Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"A noble and sometimes successful effort to demystify quantum physics."
Exploring the world of particle physics, "a new territory on the edge of physical knowledge." Read full book review >

THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." Read full book review >
THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"For serious students of neurobiology as well as readers interested in philosophical questions of mind and body."
What is the brain? If you answered by describing what the brain does, then this well-crafted overview may not be your cup of gray matter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"An easy-to-read journey through the world of brain research that gives a glimpse of what is happening there, all done with a highly personal touch."
A British science writer uses her own brain to explore what researchers have been working on and to discover how her own shortcomings might be overcome. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An intensive, timely spotlight on the gender disparities within the modern health care system that falls short on solutions."
A sturdy account of how sexism in medicine is hobbling women's health care. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Nothing earthshakingly new here, but an interesting and entertaining excursus that, in this post-truth era, may prove of use in helping unpack a specious claim or two."
How can I mislead you? Let me count the ways. Read full book review >
BROAD BAND by Claire L. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures."
A history of the major role women played in creating the internet and the computer industry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >