Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY by Brian Christian
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 19, 2016

"An entertaining, intelligently presented book for the numerate and computer literate."
We are always connected: this is both our blessing and our curse. The problem "is that we're always buffered," just a step behind the flood of information flowing toward and past us, all the books and movies and other ingredients of what the authors call "bufferbloat."Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"For space aficionados especially but also a good choice for general readers seeking an introduction to an underappreciated, thrilling chapter in aerospace history."
An aviation historian revisits the conception, development, and inaugural flight of "the last American flying machine built to fly higher and faster than everything that had come before." Read full book review >

Meat Climate Change by Moses Seenarine
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An impassioned, thorough look at meat's role in climate change that presents valid arguments for changing policy and behavior, but in a way that's unlikely to sway new converts."
An argument for combating climate change through modifying agricultural practices and eating habits. Read full book review >
The Seven Deadly Misconceptions by Mohanlal Habib
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 13, 2016

"An unpersuasive argument for overturning mainstream science's understanding of the universe."
An outsider challenges the fundamental underpinnings of modern physics. Read full book review >
THE MOST PERFECT THING by Tim Birkhead
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"One doesn't have to be a bird enthusiast to relish this book, but it would be the most perfect gift for anyone who is."
A thrilling voyage through what most of us think of as an ordinary item sold at the supermarket. Read full book review >

CAPTURE by David A. Kessler
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 12, 2016

"A reasonable theory of the science behind extreme behavior illustrated by excessive but gripping case histories."
Why do we do things—overeat, obsess, fight, commit suicide—that make it seem like our rational minds have been hijacked by something we cannot control? Read full book review >
RISE OF THE ROCKET GIRLS by Nathalia Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fresh contribution to women's history."
The history of women as vital contributors to advancements in early space exploration. Read full book review >
ANIMAL INTERNET by Alexander Pschera
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 12, 2016

"A truly thought-provoking book for animal lovers and technology enthusiasts alike."
In a "postdigital" era in which the Internet shapes much of our interaction with others, German media writer Pschera argues that animals can help us see the digital revolution in a new light—and situate ourselves within it more comfortably. Read full book review >
THE INVENTORS by Peter Selgin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A reflective investigation of the self, memory, and invention."
Selgin (Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist's Memoir, 2011, etc.) explores his relationships with two men who "had a profound influence" on him.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 2016

"Celebrating the museum's 150th anniversary, this book sparkles with delightful stories and anecdotes about natural history told in a lively style."
A rich and enthusiastic history of Yale University's impressive Peabody Museum of Natural History. Read full book review >
ALIBABA by Duncan Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Useful, business-minded reporting on an unconventional corporate magnate, containing both corporate and human-interest perspectives."
A study of the multibillion-dollar Chinese e-commerce conglomerate and its charismatic founder. Read full book review >
ONE IN A BILLION by Mark Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"The authors do a solid job integrating the personal stories of a wide cast of characters—Nic, his family, and the doctors and researchers involved with his treatment—with the exciting tale of a major medical milestone."
A dramatic chronicle of how a team of doctors and scientists collaborated to save the life of a young boy suffering from a rare genetic disease and, in the process, played an important part in launching personalized medicine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >