Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Jayawardhana includes a fascinating account of the disputes between the theorists and experimentalists in this epic scientific adventure story with—as of yet—no last chapter."
An astrophysicist explains why scientists are eager to learn more about the elusive, "pathologically shy" neutrino. Read full book review >
RENEWABLE by Jeremy  Shere
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A solid overview of an important, often misunderstood topic."
A bright, accessible account of renewable energy and its role in our lives. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Skillful spadework on the underpinnings of a thriving Internet community."
An examination of social media and how it has transformed interactive online communication. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Both self-proclaimed geeks and the sports-averse can appreciate this "gridiron version of the scientific method.""
Journalist St. John (Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument, 2005, etc.) and former Yale engineering professor Ramirez (Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, 2013) use scientific principles to give a greater understanding of the spectacle of competitive violence that is American professional football. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"An adulating biography of Apple's left-brained wunderkind, whose work continues to revolutionize modern technology."
The life and creative influence of Apple's unassuming design savant. Read full book review >