Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

PANDORA'S LAB by Paul A. Offit
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Another rousing, pull-no-punches piece from a physician set on educating the public about the fallibility of scientists."
Tales of scientific errors whose unintended consequences have been disastrous. Read full book review >
DARWIN'S FIRST THEORY by Rob Wesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A welcome addition to Darwin studies."
A geologist dives headfirst into an exploration of Charles Darwin and his work, demonstrating how he shares Darwin's "passion for understanding the earth and Homo Sapiens' place upon it." Read full book review >

THE SONGS OF TREES by David George Haskell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Haskell's message is straightforward and important: we are a part of nature, and the trees with whom we share our environment are vital parts of our lives."
Haskell (Biology/The Univ. of the South; The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, 2012) uses the metaphor of song to capture how the "living memories of trees…tell of life's community, a net of relations" of which humans are "incarnate members." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"The author's easy-reading but hard-hitting exposé of a dysfunctional biomedical research system will inform and alarm general readers, and it is sure to stir controversy and arouse ire among those who feel their ox is being gored."
An award-winning science journalist reports that research in the biomedical sciences is too often guilty of wasting time and money and, worse than that, actually slowing scientific progress and misinforming the public. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A carefully annotated scientific detective story that suffers from an overabundance of detail but benefits from 24 pages of lively photos."
Excavating the history of the "one-in-a-billion buzz saw shark." Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A lively, highly informative introduction to significant research in ecology that highlights the importance of conserving our natural habitats."
The relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants, a story that is "much more…than bright coloration and a penchant for epic journeys." Read full book review >
YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE by Dean Buonomano
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fascinating throughout and a pleasing vehicle by which to think about thinking—and the passing hours."
What is the most important function of the human brain? Well, one takeaway from this lively book on that beloved organ is that it enables us "to predict and prepare for the future." Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE by Michael C. Corballis
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"A fine, accessible introduction to a captivating, and still evolving, academic field."
Daring to question Noam Chomsky's "big bang" theory about language in humans. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL by Brian Cox
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Many readers will settle for the magic show, but those who choose to pore over the authors' explanations and perhaps take a pencil and paper to follow along will gain a more significant understanding of some profound cosmological phenomena."
Two physicists lead a tour of our universe and explain how we can better understand it by "doing science." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"The occultly inclined will be duly enchanted. The materialists—well, not so much."
Jacobsen (The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency, 2015, etc.) journeys into the realm where the paranormal and the bureaucratic meet. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD—SO FAR by Lawrence M. Krauss
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"An admirable complement to the author's previous book and equally satisfying for those willing to read carefully."
Having recounted the mechanics of the big picture in A Universe from Nothing (2012), theoretical physicist Krauss (Director, Origins Project/Arizona State Univ.) delivers a companion volume that fills in the little—often very little—stuff. Read full book review >
SENSEMAKING by Christian Madsbjerg
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"The author employs jargon, to be sure, but he explains each piece of jargon with admirable clarity."
A business consultant argues for the importance of learning through human interactions rather than always emphasizing computer-generated data. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >