Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 7)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Conclusion: an unproven but undoubtedly provocative case. Expect dissent and discussion."
A pitch for infections as a major cause of mental illness, arguing for a paradigm shift from mainstream psychiatric doctrine. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A heartwarming account of risk-taking, iconoclastic doctors who achieved extraordinary cardiovascular breakthroughs and of the patients who trusted them."
A scientific memoir/biography of the significant achievements of heart doctors through the years. Read full book review >

BRIEF CANDLE IN THE DARK by Richard Dawkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An impressive overview of Dawkins' life's work, written with the freshness of youthful vigor."
The second volume of the acclaimed evolutionary biologist's autobiography. Read full book review >
SCREAM by Margee Kerr
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Kerr frames her colorful narrative of her scientific objectives with autobiographical details of her own thrill-seeking experiences."
The author's quest to understand the psychology of thrill-seeking and fear. Read full book review >
THE END OF MEMORY by Jay Ingram
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"In clear, accessible, and upbeat prose, Ingram demonstrates his optimism about the possibility of aging with an agile mind, and he is hopeful about finding an effective treatment for sufferers."
What science has learned about the brain, aging, and Alzheimer's disease. Read full book review >

CHILLED by Tom Jackson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"There's much to wonder at in Jackson's captivating book."
The lively history of refrigeration from British science writer Jackson (Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
CAR WARS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An inspiring industrial comeback story infused with possibility."
An update on how the electric car is poised to emerge as the preferred, climate-friendly transportation of the future. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A lively, balanced re-examination of the traditional mind-body issue in light of modern advances in neuroscience."
"We do not have bodies, we are bodies," writes Claxton (Emeritus, Learning Sciences/Univ. of Winchester; The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious, 2005, etc.) in this challenge to the contemporary view of what it means to be intelligent. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"With wit, vision, and scholarship, Domingos describes how these scientists are creating programs that allow a computer to teach itself. Readers unfamiliar with logic and computer theory will have a difficult time, but those who persist will discover fascinating insights."
Traditionally, the only way to make a computer execute a task is to write precise instructions: an algorithm. As the author notes in this enthusiastic but not dumbed-down introduction to machine learning, it is impossible to "write a program to tell a computer how to drive a car or decipher handwriting, but if we give enough examples to a computer running a learning algorithm, it will figure out how to do it on its own." Read full book review >
EUREKA by Gavin Weightman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Smart technology history that's as fun and readable as it is seriously informative."
A layman's look at the eureka moments behind inventions that have become an integral part of modern life. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Strong medical research and firsthand accounts provide evidence that playing games can make you a healthier, happier, more confident person."
New strategies to create a great life through the power of games. Read full book review >
BRAIN STORMS by Jon Palfreman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"In this illuminating book, Palfreman reminds patients that exercise and a positive attitude help, and he urges them to participate in clinical trials and take to task drug companies reluctant to initiate huge trials for what they dismiss as a non-life-threatening disease. Just ask Michael J. Fox."
Prospects for better treatments for Parkinson's disease are the hope that lies at the end of this well-researched history and overview of the current state of research. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >