Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
THE FUTURE by Al Gore
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion."
A tour de force of Big Picture thinking in which the former vice president gets his inner wonk on. Read full book review >
FIVE MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS by Ward Wilson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A provocative reframing of a problem that still awaits a solution."
A compelling, plainspoken piece of advocacy in which the author maintains that everything we think we know about nuclear weapons is wrong. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe."
In a follow-up to Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008), Shubin (Biological Sciences/Univ. of Chicago) delivers an equally engrossing history of life's connections to everything else. Read full book review >
NAKED STATISTICS by Charles Wheelan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2013

"A delightful, informative guide to an often-intimidating subject."
How to analyze "the numbers behind the news [and appreciate] the extraordinary (and growing) power of data" in today's market-driven economy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >