Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

ADHD DOES NOT EXIST by Richard Saul
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2014

"A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD."
Respected American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Neurology fellow Saul makes the controversial claim that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is routinely misdiagnosed. Read full book review >
THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA by Stephen R. Palumbi
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 2014

"A sparkling appreciation of the wonderful variety of marine life that also communicates an important message."
An exploration of the sea, "our most fertile stage, populated by wonderfully colorful characters acting out their lives in a daily drama." Read full book review >

CURED by Nathalia Holt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"An astute AIDS retrospective blended with contemporary updates on aggressive medical strategies."
A fascinating discourse on how medical science is zeroing in on an HIV vaccine after several anomalous triumphs. Read full book review >
IT'S COMPLICATED by Danah Boyd
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Comprehensive new research that illuminates why and how social media is important to teens."
An analysis of the role social media plays in the lives of teens. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress."
Having written the enthusiastic but strictly science-based Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011), Kaku (Theoretical Physics/City Univ. of New York) turns his attention to the human mind with equally satisfying results. Read full book review >

THERMONUCLEAR MONARCHY by Elaine Scarry
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"An important discussion that deserves a more disciplined presentation."
Nuclear weaponry has stealthily altered the substance of our form of government, contends Scarry (Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value/Harvard Univ.; Thinking in an Emergency, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Essential outreach on embracing and effectively managing a loved one's addiction."
A sensible, family-focused guide to substance abuse. Read full book review >
NOW I KNOW WHO MY COMRADES ARE by Emily Parker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A narrowly focused portrait of idealism in the face of oppression that is very nearly past its sell-by date."
An American journalist delves into the fringes of Internet activism in three countries forged from communist oppression. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"Somewhat entertaining but lightweight stroll through some of the chemical underpinnings of the modern world."
Personal observations on how the use of seven elements has shaped human civilizations. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Epley ably explores many entertaining and entirely convincing mistakes, so readers will have a thoroughly satisfying experience."
Animals and humans think, but only humans can understand what others are thinking. Without this ability, cooperative society is unimaginable. It's a sixth sense, akin to mind reading, writes Epley (Behavioral Science/Univ. of Chicago School of Business) in this clever psychology primer. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An important contribution to his stated aim of promoting "an adult national conversation about depression.""
A call for a new "diagnostic and therapeutic" paradigm for treating depression by framing it as a mood disorder rather than a disease. Read full book review >
NEANDERTHAL MAN by Svante Pääbo
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"For nonscientists, grasping the details of the technical problems facing Pääbo and his research group is no easy matter, but the larger question of the significance of his work makes the book worthwhile."
A dense account of the efforts to decode Neanderthal DNA and a revealing glimpse into the inner workings of scientific research. Read full book review >