Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

MINDLESS by Simon Head
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A sobering, important book."
A dark, revealing view of computerized control and monitoring of the workplace. Read full book review >
THE IMPROBABILITY PRINCIPLE by David J. Hand
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ably and assuredly demystifies an ordinarily intimidating subject."
Enlightening and entertaining explanation of why extraordinary events are to be expected. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"You will be surprised, you will learn a lot, and indeed, you will have a higher quality of things to worry about."
As if we didn't have enough to worry about, an acclaimed website gleans sophisticated anxieties for our consideration from a cohort of well-educated, highly influential people. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment."
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, 2006, etc.) returns with a deft examination of the startling losses of the sixth mass extinction occurring at this moment and the sobering, underlying cause: humans. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A dizzyingly expansive book on cognitive development with some intriguing ideas."
A sweeping view of cognitive development and cultural evolution that attempts to explain kids today. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A medical thriller of the first order."
The founder of the Centre for Altitude, Space, and Extreme Environment Medicine examines the connections between extraordinary advances in modern medicine and the experiences of explorers, mountaineers, soldiers and others who face extreme conditions. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"An intriguing tour d'horizon of the world of sound."
Cox (Acoustic Engineering/Salford Univ.; Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers, 2009) explores how the psychological and physical worlds of sound come together. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Ferreira does not downplay relativity's complexity and avoids the easy route of oversimplifying it into a cosmic magic show. The result is one of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades."
Ferreira (Astrophysics/Univ. of Oxford; The State of the Universe: A Primer in Modern Cosmology, 2006, etc.) writes an enthusiastic and comprehensible popular account of how Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity continues to generate new knowledge as well as hints of more secrets to be revealed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A galvanizing amalgam of personal history, acquired business wisdom and mentorship."
A small-business guidebook promoting entrepreneurialism over a corporate career. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A revealing and definitely not dumbed-down overview of what we know about consciousness."
Dehaene (Experimental Cognitive Psychology/Collège de France; Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention, 2009) delivers a detailed popular account of what he and fellow researchers have discovered about how perceptions become thoughts. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A fascinating view of the future of social networks that offers intriguing possibilities but also the potential of a dystopia greater than that portrayed by George Orwell in 1984."
Pentland (Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World, 2008, etc.)—the director of MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory who was named "one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world"—attempts to justify large-scale monitoring of individual behavior. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Solid science well infused with readable history, pop culture and personal stories."
Who are we, and why are we the way we are? These are the questions examined by an intrepid science journalist. Read full book review >