Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout."
Best-selling author Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, 2010, etc.) continues his explorations of what he calls the "hummingbird effect," unforeseeable chains of influence that change the world. Read full book review >
ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility."
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Biss (Notes from No Man's Land, 2009) investigates the nature of vaccinations, from immunity as myth to the intricate web of the immune system. Read full book review >

THE LAGOON by Armand Marie Leroi
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"A wide-ranging, delightful tour de force."
Leroi (Evolutionary Development Biology/Imperial Coll. London; Mutants:On the Form, Variety and Errors of the Human Body, 2003) calls on his expertise and his experience as a BBC science presenter to explain why Aristotle's writings on science are still relevant today. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An eye-opener for anyone concerned about concussion—which the authors persuasively argue should include everyone."
Powerful advocacy for an emerging therapy. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition."
A shimmering narrative about how the human and natural worlds coexist, coadapt and interactively thrive. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Doctorow has spoken and written on these issues many times before but never quite so persuasively. Required reading for creators making their ways through the new world."
In his best-selling novel Ready Player One, Ernest Cline predicted that decades from now, Doctorow (Homeland, 2013, etc.) should share the presidency of the Internet with actor Wil Wheaton. Consider this manifesto to be Doctorow's qualifications for the job. Read full book review >
HATE CRIMES IN CYBERSPACE by Danielle Keats Citron
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Frightening and infuriating, this demand for legal accountability for Internet barbarism deserves widespread exposure and serious consideration."
An impassioned call for equal rights for women on the Internet. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"In this cool, disarming and persuasive indictment of fracking's widespread negative consequences, the authors provide an important addition to an ongoing debate."
A primer on unconventional fossil fuel extraction, with convincing evidence as to its deleterious nature, from veterinarian Bamberger and Oswald (Molecular Medicine/Cornell Univ.). Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 2014

"Essential for aspiring entrepreneurs, to say nothing of those looking for a view of how the modern, speed-of-light world came to be."
Richly detailed, swiftly moving work of modern business history, recounting a truly world-changing technology and the people who made it possible. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 2014

"A delightful, detailed chronicle of great men (and a rare woman) whose fascination with the night sky and the technology necessary to study it led to today's dramatic discoveries."
Photography, not computers, ushered in modern astronomy. Here, its bumpy evolution is in the expert hands of Harvard College Observatory associate Hirshfeld (Physics/Univ. of Mass. Dartmouth; Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2014

"'We are too easily seduced by explanations for the inexplicable,' writes the author in this amusing, informative account of how many arguments are backed by meaningless statistics."
Another in the genre that began with the Darrell Huff's 1954 best-seller, How to Lie with Statistics. If history is any guide, it will likely be ignored by those who do the lying. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 2014

"Readers of this disturbing but entirely convincing account need to remind themselves that the Internet is pretty useful, but they will not deny that it teems with garbage."
An ingenious overview of a wildly unreliable Internet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >