Science & Technology Book Reviews

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"A highly informed and convincing personal defense of aversive therapy."
A psychiatrist details the nightmarish but ultimately rewarding experiences with her autistic family. Read full book review >
WE HAVE NO IDEA by Jorge Cham
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 9, 2017

"An entertaining and educational review for anyone seeking to brush up on or build his or her knowledge—or, perhaps better, lack of knowledge."
How did we end up in "a nonbland universe full of structure" instead of somewhere else? No one can yet say: that's the organizing principle of this lively, agnostic book on physics and its discontents. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 2, 2017

"Encouraging, honest information and real-life cases that show the role food can play in healing the body."
Can eating the right food play a major role in healing medical problems? Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 2, 2017

"Statistics wonks will find much of interest in this survey. For the rest of us, this book offers as many reasons to be dispirited about the human condition as the daily headlines."
If your pal swears to God that he'll repay a loan, write it off: a tour of the many things that big data can tell us about ourselves. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 7, 2016

"An academically rigorous book that challenges physicists to think outside their comfort zones."
A physicist makes the case that the solution to one of the biggest impasses in modern science lies within two hidden dimensions of the universe. Read full book review >

WE ARE DATA by John  Cheney-Lippold
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 2, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who cares about the internet's extraordinary impact on each of us and on our society."
How algorithms shape our lives online. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. Read full book review >
ECLIPSE by Frank Close
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 2017

"Illuminating preparatory reading for the August eclipse."
A theoretical physicist shares his "lifelong fascination with eclipses." Read full book review >
A STITCH OF TIME by Lauren Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A cerebral travelogue from a writer revealing how she got from there to here."
A young woman is forced to unpack her own mind after suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 13, 2017

"An important book about a major scientific advance but not for the faint of heart. Readers not up to speed on high school biology should prepare themselves with a good popular primer on DNA, such as Matthew Cobb's Life's Greatest Secret (2015)."
A pair of biochemists offer a fresh examination of the "newest and arguably most effective genetic-engineering tool." Read full book review >
WELCOME TO YOUR WORLD by Sarah Williams Goldhagen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2017

"An eye-opening look at the ways in which carefully planned and executed design and architecture can expand cognitive faculties and improve daily life."
A look at how new research in urban space, the built environment, and city planning stresses the importance of well-designed architecture for the betterment of society. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 18, 2017

"These well-crafted tales of bio-inspired innovation will entrance general readers and warrant the close attention of scientists and technologists."
Los Angeles Times science writer Khan debuts with a richly detailed account of biologically inspired engineering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >