Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"Somewhat entertaining but lightweight stroll through some of the chemical underpinnings of the modern world."
Personal observations on how the use of seven elements has shaped human civilizations. Read full book review >
MINDWISE by Nicholas Epley
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Epley ably explores many entertaining and entirely convincing mistakes, so readers will have a thoroughly satisfying experience."
Animals and humans think, but only humans can understand what others are thinking. Without this ability, cooperative society is unimaginable. It's a sixth sense, akin to mind reading, writes Epley (Behavioral Science/Univ. of Chicago School of Business) in this clever psychology primer. Read full book review >

THE DEPTHS by Jonathan Rottenberg
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An important contribution to his stated aim of promoting "an adult national conversation about depression.""
A call for a new "diagnostic and therapeutic" paradigm for treating depression by framing it as a mood disorder rather than a disease. Read full book review >
NEANDERTHAL MAN by Svante Pääbo
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"For nonscientists, grasping the details of the technical problems facing Pääbo and his research group is no easy matter, but the larger question of the significance of his work makes the book worthwhile."
A dense account of the efforts to decode Neanderthal DNA and a revealing glimpse into the inner workings of scientific research. Read full book review >
MINDLESS by Simon Head
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A sobering, important book."
A dark, revealing view of computerized control and monitoring of the workplace. Read full book review >

THE IMPROBABILITY PRINCIPLE by David J. Hand
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Ably and assuredly demystifies an ordinarily intimidating subject."
Enlightening and entertaining explanation of why extraordinary events are to be expected. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"You will be surprised, you will learn a lot, and indeed, you will have a higher quality of things to worry about."
As if we didn't have enough to worry about, an acclaimed website gleans sophisticated anxieties for our consideration from a cohort of well-educated, highly influential people. Read full book review >
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment."
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, 2006, etc.) returns with a deft examination of the startling losses of the sixth mass extinction occurring at this moment and the sobering, underlying cause: humans. Read full book review >
EXTREME MEDICINE by Kevin Fong
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"A medical thriller of the first order."
The founder of the Centre for Altitude, Space, and Extreme Environment Medicine examines the connections between extraordinary advances in modern medicine and the experiences of explorers, mountaineers, soldiers and others who face extreme conditions. Read full book review >
THE SOUND BOOK by Trevor Cox
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"An intriguing tour d'horizon of the world of sound."
Cox (Acoustic Engineering/Salford Univ.; Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers, 2009) explores how the psychological and physical worlds of sound come together. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT THEORY by Pedro G. Ferreira
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Ferreira does not downplay relativity's complexity and avoids the easy route of oversimplifying it into a cosmic magic show. The result is one of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades."
Ferreira (Astrophysics/Univ. of Oxford; The State of the Universe: A Primer in Modern Cosmology, 2006, etc.) writes an enthusiastic and comprehensible popular account of how Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity continues to generate new knowledge as well as hints of more secrets to be revealed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A galvanizing amalgam of personal history, acquired business wisdom and mentorship."
A small-business guidebook promoting entrepreneurialism over a corporate career. Read full book review >