Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 7)

THE FORMULA by Luke Dormehl
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The algorithmization of life reveals both good and dark sides, and in this lucid book, Dormehl, a good-sider, rightly cautions to never lose a measure of control."
The story of the myriad ways that algorithms are impacting our lives, from Fast Company senior writer Dormehl.Read full book review >
UNDENIABLE by Bill Nye
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Proof positive that evolutionary theory can be popular and inviting."
A sweeping tour of the mechanics of evolution from the Science Guy. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An intensive, potent profile of contemporary digital activism at its most unsettling—and most effective."
A fresh perspective on the covert, crusading Internet activist group Anonymous. Read full book review >
THE LOST ELEMENTS by Marco Fontani
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Many general readers will find the book too dense, but for students and scholars, this is a choice, spirited history of the false discoveries, semi-retractions, abandonments, discoveries and rediscoveries of nature's building blocks."
Chemists Fontani, Costa (both Univ. of Florence) and Orna (Coll. of New Rochelle) travel the pathway to the identification and classification of the elements. Read full book review >
IVAN PAVLOV by Daniel P. Todes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A comprehensive, nuanced picture of Pavlov's life and times and his seminal contributions to science."
An expansive scholarly biography of Russia's most eminent scientist. Read full book review >

SPEED LIMITS by Mark C. Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A timely accompaniment to James Gleick's Faster (1999), this is a stimulating cautionary report for the digital age."
A philosopher and cultural critic ponders the durability of our fast-tracked, multitasked modern world. Read full book review >
SERVING THE REICH by Philip Ball
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2014

"How much did Nazism compromise its scientists? In this polished account, Ball finds that the jury is still out, even as the evidence mounts and the pursuit of firsthand records and documentary testimony continues."
An examination of the response of German scientists to the rise of the Third Reich and its interference with their work. Read full book review >
MARS ROVER CURIOSITY by Robert Manning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Readers yearning for stories of human space travel must follow developments in China, the only nation with an active manned space program. Those who appreciate the purely scientific results of planetary exploration will love this lively, intelligent account of a dazzling achievement."
Although lacking the glamour of manned space flight, unmanned probes have accomplished great things, and this book delivers a thoroughly satisfying description of one of the greatest. Read full book review >
THE SONIC BOOM by Joel Beckerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Interesting insight on the use of sound bites to merchandise products."
Man Made Music founder Beckerman, with the assistance of Gray (The Hit Charade: Lou Pearlman, Boy Bands, and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History, 2008), explains the use of sonic branding in advertising.Read full book review >
MORE AWESOME THAN MONEY by Jim Dwyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Slowly paced, familiar narrative of tech dreams and youthful hubris."
Journalistic account of an ambitious, ill-fated attempt at creating a privacy-oriented alternative to Facebook. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"A gutsy, deeply revealing account that more than fulfills the promise of the subtitle."
Freelance journalist and author Stark (Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role-Playing Games, 2012) has both fully researched her subject and poured out her heart in this blend of history, science and memoir. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS by Paul D. Taylor
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Despite the terrific photographs, the avalanche of information in the text may overwhelm beginners, who should read a genuine history of evolution—e.g., Richard Fortey's Life (1998)—before dipping into this treasure trove."
Not a history of life as much as a picture book with 100 beautiful photographs of fossils, each accompanied by a pagelong essay on its role in evolution. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >