Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

SWITCHED ON by John Elder Robison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A fascinating companion to the previous memoirs by this masterful storyteller."
The bestselling author shares his experience as a participant in a cutting-edge study of the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation on the brains of people on the autism spectrum. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: March 22, 2016

"A provocative, well-documented challenge to one of the major contentions of environmentalists."
An exploration of "the innovators and innovations shaping the future of food." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"A revealing and stirring directive aiming to heal medicine from the inside out."
A career physician ponders the positive and negative aspects of how health care reform is transforming the delivery of care and the medical profession itself. Read full book review >
THE MIND CLUB by Daniel M. Wegner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 22, 2016

"Complex science lightly delivered; a pleasure for anyone comfortable with the thought that knowing others' minds will improve our own."
Do the dead have thoughts? The late Harvard psychology professor Wegner (The Illusion of Conscious Will, 2002, etc.), assisted by neuroscientist Gray (Mind Perception and Morality/Univ. of North Carolina), ponders that ethereal question and much more.Read full book review >
THE INTERNET OF US by Michael Patrick Lynch
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 21, 2016

"An excellent, much-needed contribution to the constant battle to sort truth from falsity."
How the Internet and "Google-knowing" can aggravate our tendency to be unreasonable. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 15, 2016

"A delightfully lucid combination of the history, philosophy, and science behind thinking machines."
Advances in computers have made artificial intelligence a new hot topic for most observers—but not science writer and futurist Zarkadakis, who maintains that it is an ancient human obsession. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 15, 2016

"A heartfelt pursuit of enlightenment and its causes, a subject that calls for an even more dynamic treatment."
Combining anecdotes, awareness exercises, and examinations of contemporary neurological research, Newberg and Waldman (How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist, 2009) seek to identify pathways to enlightenment.Read full book review >
Hacked Again by Scott N. Schober
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An engrossing volume about hackers that should cause readers to immediately tweak their passwords."
A cybersecurity pundit blends memoir and advice in this compact debut book. Read full book review >
SMARTER FASTER BETTER by Charles Duhigg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Highly informative and entertaining and certain to have wide appeal."
Why some people are more productive than others. Read full book review >
THE UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND by Christophe Galfard
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 8, 2016

"A useful book for readers to visualize the complex ideas of modern physics, best read as an accompaniment to a more rigorous treatment of the subjects covered."
Galfard (co-author, with Stephen and Lucy Hawking: George's Secret Key to the Universe, 2007) takes readers on a number of imaginary trips through the universe to help them visualize the strangeness and beauty of our mysterious universe.Read full book review >
13.8 by John Gribbin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 8, 2016

"An exciting chronicle of a monumental scientific accomplishment by a scientist who participated in the measuring of the age of the universe."
Astrophysicist Gribbin (Erwin Schrodinger and the Quantum Revolution, 2013, etc.) clearly explains how the accidental discovery of "the cosmic microwave background radiation" in the mid-1960s led to the assignment of a definitive date for the origin of the universe.Read full book review >
#ASKGARYVEE by Gary Vaynerchuk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Tactical career wisdom essential for both budding and veteran entrepreneurs."
An informative book-length question-and-answer session with a leading American entrepreneur. 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 >