Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 6)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A beautiful meditation on human nature."
A spiritual odyssey into the world of the blind. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE by Alan Lightman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A scientific and philosophical gem."
Lightman (Science and the Humanities/MIT; Mr. g, 2012, etc.) explores how our perception of the visible world is shaped by the invisible world, which we do not directly perceive. Read full book review >

THE GLOBAL WAR FOR INTERNET GOVERNANCE by Laura DeNardis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A rigorous exploration of obscure but important issues with potentially global effects."
A guide to the hidden battles for control of the Internet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Beautifully written and hugely entertaining, this book is a heartfelt introduction to the many mind-bending theories in contemporary physics."
Part science writing and part memoir, this adventurous fact-finding romp takes readers across the landscape of ideas about the universe, calling on the expertise of the biggest names in science—and also the author's lifelong partner in her pursuit of the meaning of everything: her father. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Most of this will come as no news to those familiar with, say, Malcolm Gladwell or Jaron Lanier, but Naughton's optimism and easily worn learning makes this a pleasure to read."
So what's the big deal with this Internet thing, anyway? Technology historian and writer Naughton (Vice President/Wolfson Coll., Cambridge; A Brief History of the Future, 2000) provides a mostly convincing answer. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An intriguing window into the ongoing academic debate about evolution."
An evolutionary biologist disputes the hegemonic theory of how animals have populated the planet, challenging prevailing assumptions about the time frame in which species separations necessarily occurred. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A cogent, provocative account of how 21st-century "neuroculture" has the potential to effect profound medical and social change."
Modern scientific research has provided new insight into how the brain works at every stage of life and how chemical processes in the brain affect who we are and how we interact with each other. Prominent neuroscientist Swaab (Neurobiology/Amsterdam Univ.) is an ideal tour guide to these developments, taking readers chapter by chapter through a human life span of the brain. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"With informative graphics, the authors deliver a groundbreaking outline for dealing with the inevitable increase in business disruptions caused by new technology."
Two leaders in the field of technological applications and business productivity present dramatic evidence for the emergence of a new model for economic innovation, which they call "exponential technology," and warn that "every industry is now at risk" and must learn how to negotiate the new landscape. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Smart advice, if unnecessarily repackaged, on providing the most supportive and brain-healthy environment during the tumultuous years of adolescence."
Siegel (Psychiatry/UCLA School of Medicine; Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, 2010, etc.) tenders approaches to making adolescence work for parents rather than tearing them apart emotionally and psychologically. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A highly accessible report on cutting-edge science with practical tips for readers bent on boosting their own intelligence."
A journalist's account of the young science of brain training. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A fun, revealing exploration of a new way to view the past."
The story of a remarkable scientific tool that uses big data sets to examine cultural trends in human history. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"An intriguing academic book best read in conjunction with Walden."
Thorson (Geology/Univ. of Connecticut; Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lake and Ponds, 2009, etc.) follows up his earlier work by establishing Henry David Thoreau's own scientific credentials. Read full book review >