Science & Technology Book Reviews

A WINDOW ON ETERNITY by Edward O. Wilson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"A big story about a small place with an ageless appreciation and discernment it would be criminal to ignore."
The rebirth of a premier nature reserve in Mozambique, recounted in a gentle storytelling style by noted Harvard entomologist Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
STRUCK BY GENIUS by Jason Padgett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An exquisite insider's look into the mysteries of consciousness."
When Padgett suffered a traumatic brain injury after a violent mugging, his sense of perception was profoundly altered. Overnight, his life as a fun-loving salesman changed into one dominated by unprompted geometric visualizations and the unexpected insights of newfound mathematical brilliance. Read full book review >

THE PSYCHOPATH WHISPERER by Kent A. Kiehl
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Kiehl navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling."
A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behavior, especially as they relate to the inner workings of the brain. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE by Dan Falk
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An odd but appealing mixture of science and literary analysis."
European and English science during the time of Shakespeare (1564-1616), as revealed in his works. It's a peculiar juxtaposition, but it works…mostly. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"An engaging state of the union by an important leader in solar power."
Pioneering solar power entrepreneur Williams (Chasing the Sun: Solar Adventures Around the World, 2005) chronicles how he left journalism to become an advocate for the distribution of solar energy around the world. Read full book review >

SENSATION by Thalma Lobel
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing look at how our sensory perceptions affect our language and ability to understand abstract concepts but can also sway judgment. Shelve alongside Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely and others in the pop-psych realm."
Examination of how new experiments are revealing how we are "unconsciously influenced in the most amazing ways by the physical experiences our senses convey." Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 5, 2014

"A provocative voyage on the "vast ocean of sexual function beyond the quiet backwater that we humans find ourselves in.""
An exploration of sexual reproduction across species, with emphasis on the evolution of genitalia. Read full book review >
BIRDMEN by Lawrence Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A powerful story that contrasts soaring hopes with the anchors of ego and courtroom."
At the dawn of powered flight, the warfare for the air was as intense, if not as sanguinary, as war in the air would one day become. Read full book review >
A TROUBLESOME INHERITANCE by Nicholas Wade
HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"A freethinking and well-considered examination of the evidence "that human evolution is recent, copious, and regional.""
Deploying his natural science background, New York Times journalist Wade (The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures, 2009, etc.) strides into the political minefield of genetic influence on racial differences. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 6, 2014

"Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun."
Neurosurgery has come a long way since the 16th century, and this series of historical anecdotes traces the many people who, often by suffering horrific injuries, allowed the study and treatment of brain trauma to evolve and become the sophisticated field it is today. Read full book review >
INNOVATIVE STATE by Aneesh Chopra
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"Valuable for policymakers. Although not involved in the recent troubled launch of healthcare.gov, Chopra suspects outdated IT procurement rules and political interference were the culprits."
The nation's first chief technology officer describes efforts to modernize the federal government. Read full book review >
SMALLER FASTER LIGHTER DENSER CHEAPER by Robert Bryce
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 13, 2014

"Though Bryce often sounds like an unabashed booster for business and technology, he makes many intriguing arguments in this "rejoinder to the doomsayers [and] rebuttal to the catastrophists who insist that disaster lurks just around the corner.""
A celebration of innovations that have produced cheaper and more abundant energy, faster computing, lighter vehicles and other technological benefits. Read full book review >