Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"An overly speculative but sympathetic look at Huxley's cadre of determined investigators probing the mind."
Symons (Communications and Media Studies/Santa Ana Coll.; Nostradamus, Vagabond Prophet, 2011, etc.) explores Aldous Huxley's quest to expand consciousness.Read full book review >
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S BAD FOR YOU...THE BAD NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU by Jeff Wilser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Wilser delivers useful advice with cheerful good humor in a book that is wide-ranging but holds few surprises."
A humorous anthology debunking contemporary wisdom about guilty pleasures and bad habits. Read full book review >

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING by Lee Goldman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Part I gets kudos for being informative and accessible, but the presumptions of Part II make for a controversial conclusion."
A renowned cardiologist explores the paradox that traits essential to human survival in prehistoric times are today the cause of countless human deaths. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Engrossing techno-science delivered with gusto and sure to reach a varied audience."
A veteran science reporter examines the many innovative developments of human sensory enhancement. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A superbly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought that deserves a place on the shelf with Thomas Kuhn and David Deutsch."
Not exactly a history of science but of our idea of science: a shrewd, thoughtful analysis of how our view of finding truth held steady throughout history and then, over a century, changed and produced the dazzling progress we often take for granted.Read full book review >

TEN BILLION TOMORROWS by Brian Clegg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Satisfying soul food for your inner geek: an enjoyable tour of science fact and fiction by a writer who obviously revels in both."
Space travel. Time travel. Travels in other dimensions. Microwaves. Whatever smacks of the future is the product of science—but imagined by science fiction first. Read full book review >
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION by Bill Mesler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 7, 2015

"A lively, highly readable jaunt through the world of science."
Changing ideas of how life appeared on Earth, a mystery that remains unsolved. Read full book review >
PHYSICS by J.L. Heilbron
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A disappointing effort to encapsulate the history of modern physics."
A brief treatment of mankind's comprehension of the physical universe, from ancient Greek cosmologists to modern particle physicists. Read full book review >
WHY TORTURE DOESN'T WORK by Shane O'Mara
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 30, 2015

"Everything you never wanted to know—but probably should—about interrogation techniques and outcomes."
A catalog of the scientific evidence of how torture is at best ineffective, usually counterproductive, and always inhumane. Read full book review >
Einstein's Lost Key by Alexander Unzicker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"A passionate but disconnected treatise whose adversarial tone makes for an ultimately unpleasant reading experience."
A physicist argues for one of Albert Einstein's abandoned ideas in this defense of a road less traveled. Read full book review >
WHEN THE SUN BURSTS by Christopher Bollas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A vastly informative, coherent, and valuable assessment; useful and accessible for both mental health professionals and laypeople—even those who don't share the author's unique perspectives and treatment alternatives."
A contemporary appraisal of schizophrenia and its puzzling traits and treatments through the lens of a physician's esteemed 40-year practice. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Rock-solid evidence on the rise of identity theft and the multiple steps one can take to counteract an attack."
Useful advice on protecting your identity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >