Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

EUREKA by Chad Orzel
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Orzel's point is well-taken: Like breathing, we are engaging in the scientific process much of the time, even if we don't know it."
Orzel (Physics/Union Coll.; How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, 2012, etc.) explains that we all think like scientists, at least some of the time; we just may not know it.Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An eye-opening, immensely distressing exposé on the current state of organized cyberspammers."
How once-harmless Internet advertising developed into the dangerously intrusive inbox enemy it is today. Read full book review >
SEX ON EARTH by Jules Howard
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Howard demonstrates that there is much to appreciate about the rites and rituals that govern the when, where and how of species perpetuation."
Not everything you wanted to know about sex, but a fair compendium of the varieties of sexual behavior exhibited by all creatures, great and small. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications."
Science journalist Vince chronicles a two-year journey around the globe to evaluate warnings that we face an ecological tipping point. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Parker should be commended. He may not convert all readers to loving math, but he does provide a glimmer of understanding of how it works."
Guardian and Telegraph writer and comedian Parker aims "to show people all the fun bits of mathematics."Read full book review >
@WAR by Shane Harris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-researched overview made less engaging by an uncritical stance and jargon-heavy approach."
Sprawling account of how the U.S. military joined forces with the National Security Agency to develop "cyber warfare" capabilities, monitoring America's enemies and its citizens alike. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY by Kim Zetter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Governments, hackers and parties unknown are launching ticking computer time bombs every day, all coming to a laptop near you. Zetter's well-paced study offers a sharp account of past mischief and a glimpse of things to come."
Iran's nuclear program spills out into the world's computers in this true techno-whodunit by Wired senior reporter Zetter.Read full book review >
LIVES IN RUINS by Marilyn Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engrossing examination of how archaeologists re-create much of human history, piece by painstaking piece."
Science reporter Johnson (This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010, etc.) explores the work of archaeologists.Read full book review >
THE FORMULA by Luke Dormehl
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The algorithmization of life reveals both good and dark sides, and in this lucid book, Dormehl, a good-sider, rightly cautions to never lose a measure of control."
The story of the myriad ways that algorithms are impacting our lives, from Fast Company senior writer Dormehl.Read full book review >
UNDENIABLE by Bill Nye
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Proof positive that evolutionary theory can be popular and inviting."
A sweeping tour of the mechanics of evolution from the Science Guy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An intensive, potent profile of contemporary digital activism at its most unsettling—and most effective."
A fresh perspective on the covert, crusading Internet activist group Anonymous. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >