Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

THE HEALTH OF NATIONS by Karen Bartlett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments."
Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"Much more than just an overview of how new DNA research has enlightened our understanding of anxiety, this is an empowering guide to combating the stress epidemic."
New scientific evidence shows that anxiety can become embedded in a person's biology as early as in utero. As a longtime psychology professor shows, this discovery provides unprecedented insight into why some people are locked into a perpetual anxious state and how social practices can break the cycle. Read full book review >

THE GREAT UNKNOWN by Marcus Du Sautoy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A delicious addition to the 'Big Question' genre."
Are there limits to human knowledge? Philosophers and religious thinkers have long answered "yes" and then provided examples that turned out to be wrong. A renowned mathematician argues that "yes" might very well be correct. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD by Sarah Williams Goldhagen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening look at the ways in which carefully planned and executed design and architecture can expand cognitive faculties and improve daily life."
A look at how new research in urban space, the built environment, and city planning stresses the importance of well-designed architecture for the betterment of society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2017

"Of compelling interest to any animal lover and especially to devotees of canids of all kinds."
Can new kinds of animals be brought into being outside of DNA tinkering and Frankensteining? Most certainly, as a long-running Russian experiment reveals. Read full book review >

PANDORA'S LAB by Paul A. Offit
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Another rousing, pull-no-punches piece from a physician set on educating the public about the fallibility of scientists."
Tales of scientific errors whose unintended consequences have been disastrous. Read full book review >
DARWIN'S FIRST THEORY by Rob Wesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A welcome addition to Darwin studies."
A geologist dives headfirst into an exploration of Charles Darwin and his work, demonstrating how he shares Darwin's "passion for understanding the earth and Homo Sapiens' place upon it." Read full book review >
THE SONGS OF TREES by David George Haskell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Haskell's message is straightforward and important: we are a part of nature, and the trees with whom we share our environment are vital parts of our lives."
Haskell (Biology/The Univ. of the South; The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, 2012) uses the metaphor of song to capture how the "living memories of trees…tell of life's community, a net of relations" of which humans are "incarnate members." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"The author's easy-reading but hard-hitting exposé of a dysfunctional biomedical research system will inform and alarm general readers, and it is sure to stir controversy and arouse ire among those who feel their ox is being gored."
An award-winning science journalist reports that research in the biomedical sciences is too often guilty of wasting time and money and, worse than that, actually slowing scientific progress and misinforming the public. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A carefully annotated scientific detective story that suffers from an overabundance of detail but benefits from 24 pages of lively photos."
Excavating the history of the "one-in-a-billion buzz saw shark." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A lively, highly informative introduction to significant research in ecology that highlights the importance of conserving our natural habitats."
The relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants, a story that is "much more…than bright coloration and a penchant for epic journeys." Read full book review >
YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE by Dean Buonomano
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fascinating throughout and a pleasing vehicle by which to think about thinking—and the passing hours."
What is the most important function of the human brain? Well, one takeaway from this lively book on that beloved organ is that it enables us "to predict and prepare for the future." 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 >