Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

IDENTICALLY DIFFERENT by Tim Spector
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A delightfully thought-provoking overview of the nature-vs.-nurture debate."
Genes dictate our anatomy, emotions and behavior, except when they don't, according to this ingenious account of how inheritance and environments—including our parents' environment—vie to make an individual. Read full book review >
THINKING IN NUMBERS by Daniel Tammet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 2013

"Great fun and the perfect gift for any math-phobic person, young or old."
A mathematical savant finds the beauty of numbers in unexpected places. Read full book review >

TOUCHING A NERVE by Patricia Churchland
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 22, 2013

"Wide-ranging, insightful and provocative—a book to savor."
Churchland (Emeritus, Philosophy/Univ. of California, San Diego; Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality, 2011, etc.) probes the interface between our perception of our own mental processes and our growing knowledge of how our brains function. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 11, 2013

"A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of questions even astute readers may not have thought worth asking."
A wise old psychologist collects a lifetime of neurological pearls. Read full book review >
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? by Paul A. Offit
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 18, 2013

"A rousing good read, strong on human interest and filled with appalling and amazing data."
A pull-no-punches attack on the hucksterism of alternative medicine and an exposé of the federal government's failure to regulate the vitamin and supplement industry. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"An eye-opening, absorbing, complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds."
A hard-hitting attack on current drug policy by Hart (Psychology and Psychiatry/Columbia Univ.), a neuroscientist who grew up on the streets of one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. Read full book review >
ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Ray Monk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >
RADICAL ABUNDANCE by K. Eric Drexler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 7, 2013

"A crackerjack piece of science and technology writing."
A stimulating tour through current thinking about and future possibilities for nanotechnology, from one of its creators. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 23, 2013

"An informative, witty, provocative meditation on the mind-brain paradox."
A neurologist criticizes the emerging new language that attaches the prefix "neuro" to economics, linguistics, marketing and attempts to explain market crashes by fMRI brain scans. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 19, 2013

"A gripping environmental thriller."
An award-winning science journalist exposes how corporate interests and corrupt politicians almost turned a quiet, suburban New Jersey beach community into a toxic wasteland. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 5, 2013

"A first-rate chronicle of an unexamined subculture."
A rollicking history of the telephone system and the hackers who exploited its flaws. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"An ingenious overview of anything that might be alive. The author remains true to science while coming to delightfully bizarre conclusions."
Living organisms don't tolerate boiling or subzero temperatures, massive pressure or an environment too rich in salt, acid or toxic chemicals—or so we thought for centuries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >