Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 2)

SALLY RIDE by Lynn Sherr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"An intimately celebratory biography."
An award-winning journalist's revealing biography of Sally Ride (1951-2012), the first American woman in space. Read full book review >
PROOF by Adam Rogers
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 3, 2014

"Rogers gives booze a thorough going over, complete with good cheer, highbrow humor and smarts."
From the action of the yeast to the blear of the hangover, via the witchery of fermentation, distillation and aging, Wired articles editor Rogers takes readers on a splendid tour of the booze-making process. Read full book review >

THE ISLAND OF KNOWLEDGE by Marcelo Gleiser
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Readers may find this to be an overly ambitious attempt to provide a historical perspective to the scientific enterprise that is more confusing than illuminating."
Gleiser (Natural Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy/Dartmouth Coll.; A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe, 2010, etc.) seeks an answer to the question, "Can we make sense of the world without belief?" Read full book review >
HOW NOT TO BE WRONG by Jordan Ellenberg
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Witty and expansive, Ellenberg's math will leave readers informed, intrigued and armed with plenty of impressive conversation starters."
It's time to drop the idea that mathematics is an esoteric field best left to a few academics. In fact, writes Ellenberg (Mathematics/Univ. of Wisconsin), the truth is better: Math is everywhere, and the knowledge it yields can benefit everyone. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 10, 2014

"Braitman's gradual accretion of reasons to believe in animal emotional states that we can relate to, including the loopy ones, gives pause and sparks curiosity."
Through experiential and anecdotal evidence, science historian and senior TED fellow Braitman takes measure of the emotional thunderstorms that cramp or even curtail the normal lives of animals. Read full book review >

THE GRAPES OF MATH by Alex Bellos
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: June 10, 2014

"Great reading for the intellectually curious."
Forget the bad pun of the title; this is a first-rate survey of the world of mathematics by a British practitioner of the art. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: June 15, 2014

"Fair but uncompromising, counseling us to slough what William Blake called the " 'mind-forg'd manacles' of organized religion" and practice something universal: science."
British biologist Jones (Darwin's Island, 2009, etc.) has fun examining miraculous biblical tales with the gimlet eye of science. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED OBJECTS by David Rose
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 15, 2014

"A fine tour d'horizon of innovative enchantment and its ground rules and responsibilities."
MIT Media Lab instructor Rose explores the ramifications of the coming human-machine interface as it impacts the designs of and experiences we have with the things in our lives. Read full book review >
FINAL FRONTIER by Brian Clegg
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

Although it's a cliché, space actually does remain the last frontier, according to British science writer Clegg (Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind, 2013, etc.) in this imaginative account of how to rekindle the thrill of the Apollo program and launch further pioneering voyages. Read full book review >