Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 2)

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 Although not involved in the recent troubled launch of healthcare.gov, Chopra suspects outdated IT procurement rules and political interference were the culprits."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 >

STUFF MATTERS by Mark Miodownik
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Puts the wonder and strangeness back into all the truly magical stuff that comprises our everyday reality."
A compact, intense guided tour through a handful of physical materials, from concrete to chocolate, revealing what makes them profoundly affect our lives. Read full book review >
FEARLESS GENIUS by Doug Menuez
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 27, 2014

"A vital piece of photographic history."
A pictorial and textual time machine documenting the driven personalities who pioneered the technological world from 1985 to 2000. Read full book review >
VOYAGING IN STRANGE SEAS by David Knight
HISTORY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Essentially the story of the West's spectacular development, told by a knowledgeable, patient teacher."
A wide swath of scientific developments since the Renaissance era, densely packed and surprisingly accessible. Read full book review >

CATALOGING THE WORLD by Alex Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"Wright ends his illuminating story in the present, where Otlet's thoughts about the connection of information to knowledge, and knowledge to insight, are still urgent."
The story of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), Belgian librarian and utopian visionary, who, long before the digital age, dreamed of a worldwide repository of media, accessible to all. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >