Science & Technology Book Reviews

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A satisfying experience for readers looking for thoughtful answers to big questions."
With This Idea Must Die (2015) barely off the presses, Brockman, editor of the online science salon Edge.org, asked the world's intellectuals for another opinion. They deliver in the latest of the editor's thick compendiums.Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CELL by Erin E. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A specialized work that will appeal to attorneys, investigators, crime writers, and others on the frontiers of forensic DNA laws and technologies."
A critique of the criminal justice system's overreliance on forensic DNA, focused on legal and scientific questions underlying the topic's CSI glamour.Read full book review >

POPULATION WARS by Greg Graffin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The science lectures are occasionally long-winded, but Graffin's message is challenging, and the professional entertainer shines through."
While the title suggests another dire warning of a coming explosion in the world's population, in fact, the term "population wars" as used here refers to a historical pattern of populations brought into contact with one another, the ensuing conflicts, and the resulting assimilations. Read full book review >
SCREAM by Margee Kerr
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Kerr frames her colorful narrative of her scientific objectives with autobiographical details of her own thrill-seeking experiences."
The author's quest to understand the psychology of thrill-seeking and fear. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF MATH by Arthur Benjamin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Forget magic. Benjamin delivers a primer generously filled with insights and intuitions that make math approachable, interesting, and, yes, beautiful."
An enthusiastic celebration of the beauty of mathematics. Read full book review >

There Is Still Time by Peter Seidel
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 1, 2015

"An astute look at the many negative influences currently shaping our world, along with ideas to overcome them."
A longtime environmentalist looks at the state of the world and our prospects for surviving the future. Read full book review >
THIRTY MILLION WORDS by Dana Suskind
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Informative, exciting new data that confirms the significant benefits gained by talking to your child."
New research demonstrating the importance of communicating with your child right from birth. Read full book review >
Predicting the Future: Can We Do It? And If Not, Why Not? by Gerard G. Nahum
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A sometimes-difficult though rewarding journey through the possibilities and impossibilities of forecasting the future."
Nahum, a physician, offers his first book, an ambitious tome that exhaustively explores the human capacity to make predictions. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 2, 2015

"Opens interesting doors and may inspire alternative ways of searching for truth, though the answers here leave something to be desired."
Verschuur (The Invisible Universe: The Story of Radio Astronomy, 2015, etc.) discusses his experimental search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Read full book review >
BOG BODIES UNCOVERED by Miranda Aldhouse-Green
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An intriguing window into the past."
A real-life forensic thriller revealing the secrets of ancient and modern bodies preserved in bogs—some for nearly 3,000 years—in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, and northern Germany. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A lively, balanced re-examination of the traditional mind-body issue in light of modern advances in neuroscience."
"We do not have bodies, we are bodies," writes Claxton (Emeritus, Learning Sciences/Univ. of Winchester; The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious, 2005, etc.) in this challenge to the contemporary view of what it means to be intelligent. Read full book review >
U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter by John Stewart
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 7, 2014

"A useful book for anyone intent on bettering personal communications in the modern era."
Accessible distillation of current research on how to build communication skills that can create meaningful personal moments and enrich our lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >