Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 7)

LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Jahren transcends both memoir and science writing in this literary fusion of both genres."
Award-winning scientist Jahren (Geology and Geophysics/Univ. of Hawaii) delivers a personal memoir and a paean to the natural world. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Easy-to-read, up-to-date information on the latest research into pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood."
The latest scientific findings on child-rearing from pregnancy through toddlerhood. Read full book review >

PEAK by Anders Ericsson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Especially informative for parents and educators in preparing children for the challenges ahead."
Challenging the notion that talent is innate. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sprawling and sometimes unruly, Geissinger's narrative still offers a perceptive early look at the volatile present and seemingly inevitable future of 'crypto-currency.'"
Enthusiastic overview of the "virtual currency" known as Bitcoin, focused on its complex technology and the outsized personalities who have advanced it. Read full book review >
DISRUPTED by Dan Lyons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An exacting, excoriating takedown of the current startup 'bubble' and the juvenile corporate culture it engenders."
An inside-out look at the frenzied and at times surreal work environment of tech startup HubSpot. Read full book review >

THE SLEEP REVOLUTION by Arianna Huffington
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A disappointing addition to the celebrity self-help shelf."
A book about sleep deprivation from an author well-versed on the subject. Read full book review >
THE THIRD WAVE by Steve Case
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Opportunity beckons, and Case ably describes the possibilities, but the price of the chase may harm as well as benefit."
The founder of America Online outlines some of the potentialities he sees emerging in the "Internet of Everything." Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Tantalizing perspectives on cultivating sharing, honesty, and cooperation via game theory."
Game theory strategies to handle everyday parental quandaries, especially the unpleasant variety. Read full book review >
EYEING THE RED STORM by Robert M. Dienesch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"While WS-117L was not entirely successful, Dienesch asserts in this solid, specialized scholarly study, it laid the foundation for the U.S. space effort for the next 40 years."
A study of how the Dwight Eisenhower administration created the first U.S. satellite reconnaissance mission. Read full book review >
IMMUNITY by Luba Vikhanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A portrait that captures not only the man, but also the end-of-the-19th-century dynamism that fostered revolutions in art, politics, and science."
A resurrection of the life of "one of the founding fathers of immunology," Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916). Read full book review >
BLACK HOLE BLUES AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE by Janna Levin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 2016

"A superb alignment of author and subject: Levin is among the best contemporary science writers, and LIGO is arguably the most compelling experiment on the planet."
On the 100th anniversary of Einstein's prediction that gravitational waves distort space-time, an acclaimed astrophysicist provides a thrilling insider's look at the extraordinary scientific team that devised and built the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which conducted the first experiment to ever observe gravitational waves. Read full book review >
FLUKE by Joseph Mazur
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 29, 2016

"The best update of Darrell Huff's classic How to Lie with Statistics (1954) remains Gary Smith's Standard Deviations (2014), but readers willing to work will find that Mazur acquits himself quite well."
A mathematics romp through amazing coincidences that proves, naturally, that they are not amazing at all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >