Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 3, 2013

"An informative, infectious introduction to the joys of electric vehicles."
Ditch your gas guzzler and rev up your electric car, urges this gung-ho manifesto. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Absorbing, insightful and quirky."
A neuropsychologist makes the shocking discovery that his brain scans are identical to those of serial killers. Read full book review >

WHAT IS CHEMISTRY? by Peter Atkins
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A concise introduction to chemistry that has an alchemy all its own."
Atkins (Chemistry/Univ. of Oxford; Reactions: The Private Life of Atoms, 2011, etc.) presents a rounded view of chemistry in hopes of dispelling the noxious fumes produced by the high school classroom. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"For serious readers interested in keeping up with what serious thinkers are thinking about thinking, this book offers nourishing food for thought."
Another compendium derived from the online salon Edge.com, this time essays from its section called "Mind." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut."
Hadfield chronicles what it took to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. Read full book review >

THE SIMPSONS AND THEIR MATHEMATICAL SECRETS by Simon Singh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fun trip with the "ultimate TV vehicle for pop culture mathematics.""
Higher math for dummies, courtesy of The Simpsons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"For those who require the full Jobs collection."
Free-wheeling memoir of the author's relationship with the young Steve Jobs, which led to the birth of their daughter, Lisa. Read full book review >
O.C.R. Observer Created Reality by Eric Lyle Stilson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Theoretical and philosophical musings that present food for thought but fall short of being truly educational."
A layman's guide to one aspect of quantum mechanics. Read full book review >
HEART by Dick Cheney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Gives meaning to the phrase "a heartbeat away," especially when applied to an official who could possibly ascend to the highest office in the land."
The former vice president shares a detailed history of his heart attacks, alternating sections with the doctor who has supervised the surgeries to keep him alive despite multiple near-death experiences. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A fascinating glimpse at a scientific frontier—not always easily understandable but well worth the effort."
Best known for sequencing the human genome, Venter (A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life, 2007, etc.) now looks ahead to the possibilities for synthesizing life. Read full book review >
THE DYNAMICS OF DISASTER by Susan W.  Kieffer
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Sharp, timely, slightly terrifying science writing."
Kieffer (Emerita, Geology/Univ. of Illinois) argues that all natural disasters that disrupt the Earth and its atmosphere are the result of a rapid shift in matter and energy that she calls a "change of state." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An unexpected verdict and its aftermath make this a satisfying murder mystery in the grand tradition."
A suspicious death in a quaint English village sets the stage for a real-life scientific thriller. Read full book review >