Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 9)

GOLDILOCKS AND THE WATER BEARS by Louisa Preston
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A solid, absorbing background to what makes life possible."
An astrobiologist and planetary geologist delineates the development of life on Earth and then makes the leap into "life" elsewhere in the heavens. Read full book review >
Practical Ophthalmology by James Hung
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"An indispensable ophthalmological volume for any general practitioner's office."
Hung (Silk Road on My Mind, 2015, etc.) offers an ophthalmology guide intended for use by nonspecialist medical practitioners.Read full book review >

CALCULATING THE COSMOS by Ian Stewart
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A word to the wise: this is not cosmology for dummies. Parts of the text are nearly impenetrable, and Stewart's compact style provides few diagrams or even equations. However, he effectively shows that time and technology will evolve ever better calculations of the cosmos."
Stewart (Mathematics/Univ. of Warwick; Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers, 2015, etc.) tackles the universe in this latest compendium of facts and fancy. Read full book review >
THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS by Tim Wu
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Forget subliminal seduction: every day, we are openly bought and sold, as this provocative book shows."
When something online is free, then the product being sold is you. Wu (Columbia Law School; The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, 2010) elaborates on that sobering note. Read full book review >
ANGELIC MUSIC by Corey Mead
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mead keeps the current swift, removing rough rocks that might disrupt our pleasant, engaging trip downstream with him."
The genesis, rise, fall, and rise again of Benjamin Franklin's mid-18th-century rub-the-glasses device, whose enormous popularity led to wild claims about both its salutary and detrimental effects on listeners. Read full book review >

EINSTEIN'S GREATEST MISTAKE by David Bodanis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Shorter than the best biographies of Einstein (by Walter Isaacson and Dennis Overbye) but still engaging and with more emphasis on the difficulties the scientist faced when physics moved away from the classical view he never abandoned."
A brief biography of "the greatest mind of the modern age" and his revolutionary ideas. Read full book review >
BEING A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers."
If the olfactory ability of dogs seems like a dull topic, be prepared for a surprise. This engrossing book takes on not just canine noses, but what we can do with our own—with a little experience and a good guide. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Of rarefied interest, to be sure, but with much to say about how the brain works at the interface of thought and language."
From Joan of Arc to Brian Wilson, throughout history, people have reported hearing voices in their heads. But where do they come from? Read full book review >
SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition."
A seasoned astronaut charts the trajectory of his love affair with space and astronomy. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An entertaining and modestly informative but not entirely successful effort to replicate the fast-moving repartee that enlivens the authors' radio show."
The hosts of the Two Guys on Your Head radio show and podcast, which examines "an array of interesting, head-scratching quandaries about human behavior," seek to replicate their snappy dialogue in print. Read full book review >
QBISM by Hans Christian von Baeyer
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"QBism remains controversial, but scientifically inclined readers will share von Baeyer's enthusiasm and come away with a feeling, if not a deep understanding, of quantum phenomena that doesn't require suspension of disbelief."
"There is a strangeness about quantum mechanics that is rooted not in its mathematical complexity but in the paradoxes and enigmas that have bedeviled it from birth." Since that birth 90 years ago, scientists regularly explain quantum physics, in all its weirdness, to the general public. Here's the latest. Read full book review >
God's Ambiance by William John Meegan
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A bewildering and tangled analysis of religion's unconcealed truths."
A complex book attempts to uncover the esoteric mathematics that unites all of the world's religions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >