Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 2)

MISSING MICROBES by Martin J. Blaser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Credit Blaser for displaying the wonders and importance of a vast underworld we are jeopardizing but cannot live without."
Infectious disease specialist Blaser makes an impassioned plea for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystem that exists in and on our bodies: the human microbiome. Read full book review >
THE BOOM by Russell Gold
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cleareyed and mostly neutral study of the price of America's energy addictions."
An insider's guide to the most controversial energy-production technique in the United States. Read full book review >

LUCKY PLANET by David Waltham
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 8, 2014

"A bold, unwavering argument that pushes back against the too-quick acceptance of Earth as exceptional—and encourages its intelligent life forms to appreciate our supreme luck."
Despite the popularity of contemporary theories that suggest our world—and even our universe—may not be singular or exceptional, astrobiologist and geophysicist Waltham (Earth Sciences/Royal Holloway Coll., Univ. of London; Mathematics: A Simple Tool for Geologists, 1994) argues that this skepticism of exclusivity is the result of "the most severe case of observational bias in the history of science." Read full book review >
THE HOMING INSTINCT by Bernd Heinrich
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A special treat for readers of natural history."
A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 2014

"An innovative, alternative approach to creating a child-centered environment that directly empowers parents and caregivers."
The director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America chronicles how his parents pioneered a new treatment for autism after receiving a grim prognosis of his condition. Read full book review >

THE NEXT TSUNAMI by Bonnie Henderson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2014

"Of more than local interest, though Northwesterners should pay particularly close attention to the news Henderson brings."
Eugene-based nature writer Henderson (Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, 2008, etc.) organizes her narrative around the ways of Pacific tsunamis and the geology underlying them, with a focus on an utterly logical hero: Tom Horning, who, in 1964, barely escaped the freak tidal wave that destroyed much of the region. Read full book review >
THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME by Biz Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Perceptive, motivational advice for geeks and nongeeks alike, all interwoven with the true story of how Twitter found its flock."
The co-founder of Twitter shares wisdom on the business of success. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Bright, well-written and highly informative."
A history of the navigational tools that tell us where we are. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF RADIANCE by Craig Nelson
HISTORY
Released: March 25, 2014

"An engaging history that raises provocative questions about the future of nuclear science."
Nelson (Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, 2009, etc.) returns with a survey of mankind's use of radioactive materials. Read full book review >
HACKING HAPPINESS by John C. Havens
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 20, 2014

"An optimistic vision of how new technologies can be reimagined to increase productivity and personal growth."
Mashable and Guardian contributing writer Havens provides a detailed defense of how developing technologies in augmented reality and wearable devices can increase happiness. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 18, 2014

"Ohlson ably delineates this promising situation: Vital soil may well help address climate change, but it absolutely will provide for "more productive farms, cleaner waterways, and overall healthier landscapes.""
Ohlson (Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares, 2003, etc.) welcomes readers to the kingdom of soil and—if it is healthy—its trillions of life-sustaining microorganisms. Read full book review >
HAUNTED EMPIRE by Yukari Iwatani Kane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Much of this book is an extended footnote to Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, which, though not without problems, is the first work to consult when thinking of things Apple."
Can Apple, though socking away billions in sales of iPhones and iPads, be the disruptor and industry leader of old? Without the radical sensibilities of Steve Jobs, it seems unlikely. Read full book review >