Science & Technology Book Reviews

HISTORY
Released: May 16, 2016

"A solid history of the Singer company from the invention of the sewing machine to the days of leveraged buyouts."
A corporate history of one of the world's leading sewing machine manufacturers. Read full book review >
A SPACE TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM by Mark Thompson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Thompson is a knowledgeable and capable guide, but his many fans may prefer to stick to his TV shows."
The popular host of the BBC's award-winning Stargazing Live takes readers on an imaginary journey throughout our solar system. 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 >
InstaFame Exposed by Jay Titan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An intriguing glimpse into how to thrive among Instagram Goliaths."
A bodybuilder and personal trainer who leveraged Instagram for promotion and profit shares tips and tricks on using the tool in this debut how-to guide. 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 >

Infinite Universe by Maciej B. Szymanski
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 10, 2016

"A detailed argument for a steady-state model of the universe."
Physicist Szymanski makes an argument for a fixed universe in this debut work of scientific theory. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Feb. 6, 2014

"A panoramic but fractured effort to find a compromise between faith and reason."
A book attempts to justify the existence of the Christian God on the basis of modern science. 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 >
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 >
Marijuana by Jack Isler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 23, 2016

"A comprehensive and chemistry-based argument for the medical application of pot."
A former ICU physician discusses the positive and negative aspects of marijuana in this work of nonfiction. 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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >