Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

FINDING ZERO by Amir D. Aczel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"If readers can avoid getting bogged down in the side trips through Eastern philosophy, the journey to zero is an adventure worth joining."
The author of the best-selling Fermat's Enigma (1996) and other popular books on mathematics and science takes readers through a history of zero and takes himself on a journey through the jungles of Cambodia to find its earliest use. Read full book review >
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER by Andrew Keen
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Though the book serves as a corrective to cybertech utopianism, even the author admits, 'I certainly couldn't have written this book without the miracles of email and the Web.'"
A Silicon Valley veteran and journalist sounds the alarm on the pernicious effects of the Internet. Read full book review >

MARISSA MAYER AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE YAHOO! by Nicholas Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A well-researched, up-to-date story about a fight to define one famous company's future."
The inside story of the cult of personality that surrounds the leadership of Silicon Valley's technology behemoths. Read full book review >
THE FIRST AMENDMENT BUBBLE by Amy Gajda
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An eye-opening, relevant and cautionary book."
A lawyerly look at what threatens journalistic free speech liberties. Read full book review >
EUREKA by Chad Orzel
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Orzel's point is well-taken: Like breathing, we are engaging in the scientific process much of the time, even if we don't know it."
Orzel (Physics/Union Coll.; How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, 2012, etc.) explains that we all think like scientists, at least some of the time; we just may not know it.Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >
The General Theory of Eco-Social Science by Jianfang Jin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Difficult to decipher but arguably worth the effort."
A comprehensive theory suggesting broad and even radical societal changes to make way for the coming ecological civilization. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An eye-opening, immensely distressing exposé on the current state of organized cyberspammers."
How once-harmless Internet advertising developed into the dangerously intrusive inbox enemy it is today. Read full book review >
SEX ON EARTH by Jules Howard
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Howard demonstrates that there is much to appreciate about the rites and rituals that govern the when, where and how of species perpetuation."
Not everything you wanted to know about sex, but a fair compendium of the varieties of sexual behavior exhibited by all creatures, great and small. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications."
Science journalist Vince chronicles a two-year journey around the globe to evaluate warnings that we face an ecological tipping point. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Parker should be commended. He may not convert all readers to loving math, but he does provide a glimmer of understanding of how it works."
Guardian and Telegraph writer and comedian Parker aims "to show people all the fun bits of mathematics."Read full book review >
@WAR by Shane Harris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-researched overview made less engaging by an uncritical stance and jargon-heavy approach."
Sprawling account of how the U.S. military joined forces with the National Security Agency to develop "cyber warfare" capabilities, monitoring America's enemies and its citizens alike. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >