Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

THE TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE by Michael C. Corballis
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to a captivating, and still evolving, academic field."
Daring to question Noam Chomsky's "big bang" theory about language in humans. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL by Brian Cox
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Many readers will settle for the magic show, but those who choose to pore over the authors' explanations and perhaps take a pencil and paper to follow along will gain a more significant understanding of some profound cosmological phenomena."
Two physicists lead a tour of our universe and explain how we can better understand it by "doing science." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"The occultly inclined will be duly enchanted. The materialists—well, not so much."
Jacobsen (The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency, 2015, etc.) journeys into the realm where the paranormal and the bureaucratic meet. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD—SO FAR by Lawrence M. Krauss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"An admirable complement to the author's previous book and equally satisfying for those willing to read carefully."
Having recounted the mechanics of the big picture in A Universe from Nothing (2012), theoretical physicist Krauss (Director, Origins Project/Arizona State Univ.) delivers a companion volume that fills in the little—often very little—stuff. Read full book review >
SENSEMAKING by Christian Madsbjerg
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"The author employs jargon, to be sure, but he explains each piece of jargon with admirable clarity."
A business consultant argues for the importance of learning through human interactions rather than always emphasizing computer-generated data. Read full book review >

SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"Islands of hope appear regularly in this insightful, wide-ranging, but mostly painful chronicle of our relations with terra firma."
An intriguing examination of the ground, which "holds the wild world in place." Read full book review >
THE BODY BUILDERS by Adam Piore
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A mind-bending read that will expand your perception of self."
An exhilarating look at the cutting edge of bioengineering and how science and medicine are pushing the boundaries of human potential. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this exploration into the farthest reaches of the universe and the cutting edge of astronomical research."
A comprehensive introduction to the thousands of newly discovered planets beyond our solar system, which are beautiful and mind-bending in their diversity—and those are just the ones we know of. Read full book review >
NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE by Ben Blatt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"If you want to know how many times Chuck Palahniuk uses the verb 'snuff,' this is just the thing. Illuminating entertainment for literary readers."
Literary criticism by the numbers. Read full book review >
THE CREATIVE SPARK by Agustín Fuentes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though the science can get a little lite, this offers an informative, readable introduction to recent scholarship on the anthropology of creativity."
An anthropologist ponders the better angels of our nature—the ones armed with paintbrushes, notebooks, cameras, and plowshares. 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 >