Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

THE PERFECT THEORY by Pedro G. Ferreira
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 >
A DARKLING SEA by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"An exceptionally thoughtful, searching and intriguing debut."
Science-fiction novel from game designer and story writer Cambias, the first of a projected series. Read full book review >

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE by Rosemary Mahoney
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A beautiful meditation on human nature."
A spiritual odyssey into the world of the blind. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Beautifully written and hugely entertaining, this book is a heartfelt introduction to the many mind-bending theories in contemporary physics."
Part science writing and part memoir, this adventurous fact-finding romp takes readers across the landscape of ideas about the universe, calling on the expertise of the biggest names in science—and also the author's lifelong partner in her pursuit of the meaning of everything: her father. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 11, 2014

"A compelling narrative of the design and development of Ford cars in the 1950s and '60s."
The story of the creation and marketing of some of Ford's most popular, iconic cars, as told by one of the company's early "Whiz Kids." Read full book review >

LIFE AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT by J. Craig Venter
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A fascinating glimpse at a scientific frontier—not always easily understandable but well worth the effort."
Best known for sequencing the human genome, Venter (A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life, 2007, etc.) now looks ahead to the possibilities for synthesizing life. Read full book review >
The New Killer Apps by Chunka Mui
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An erudite anthem for large companies reshaping themselves to innovate and compete with agile startups."
Couched as an us-vs.-them guide for corporations in the realm of technology innovation, this perceptive book shows how big companies can defeat the nimble upstarts through the strategic use of resources, the implementation of three principles and the following of eight rules. Read full book review >
SMART CITIES by Anthony Townsend
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"Authoritative, information-packed must-read for urban policymakers."
A leading guru on technology and urban life describes how electronic devices are creating a "historic shift" in the way we build and run cities. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN by Alan Weisman
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Some news is hopeful, and a few nations have taken action, so this is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species."
Following up The World Without Us (2007), which explored how the Earth might heal from our depredations if humans became extinct, journalist Weisman writes a more conventional but equally astute analysis of how humans might avoid extinction. Read full book review >
THE GRAY SHIP by Russell F. Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A rare read that's not only wildly entertaining, but also profoundly moving."
In this stellar time-travel novel, a modern-American nuclear-powered cruiser sails through a time portal and goes back 152 years to the days just before the beginning of the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein's avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats."
What makes a great athlete? Being born with talent was the traditional answer, but like so many traditions, it is under attack. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >