Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 3)

ON THE CANCER FRONTIER by Paul A. Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"On a level with Lewis Thomas for its clarity and verve in presenting the science of the cell and the ability of cancer to assume multiple guises."
Former Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center president and CEO Marks delivers a panoramic view of developments in cancer research and treatment over the last 40 years, from both the researchers' and administrators' perspectives. Read full book review >
THE NAKED FUTURE by Patrick Tucker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 6, 2014

"A well-written consideration of how, "in the next two decades, we will be able to predict huge areas of the future with far greater accuracy than ever before in human history, including events long thought to be beyond the realm of human interference.""
An upbeat view of big data as an empowering means for predicting the future. Read full book review >

PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Goldstein's bright, ingenious philosophical romp makes Plato not only relevant to our times, but palpably alive."
Plato returns to 21st-century America in this witty, inventive, genre-bending work by MacArthur Fellow Goldstein (36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
WHAT IS RELATIVITY? by Jeffrey Bennett
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: March 4, 2014

"A sober, comprehensible account of what every intelligent layman should know about space and time."
Understanding the universe requires understanding relativity, and this slim volume does an admirable job without resorting to the gimmicks or magic show common in the Einstein-for-laymen genre. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF SUPERMAN by Steven Kotler
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A thrill ride of a book, empowering in its implications of what any individual can achieve."
Every kind of human performance—a record-breaking athletic feat, a major scientific breakthrough, a stunning jazz solo—is made possible by tapping into an elusive and extraordinary state of consciousness called "flow." Read full book review >

HA! by Scott Weems
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >
ADHD DOES NOT EXIST by Richard Saul
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2014

"A provocative, valuable guide for parents, school personnel and medical practitioners who deal with individuals showing symptoms routinely attributed to ADHD."
Respected American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Neurology fellow Saul makes the controversial claim that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is routinely misdiagnosed. Read full book review >
THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA by Stephen R. Palumbi
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 2014

"A sparkling appreciation of the wonderful variety of marine life that also communicates an important message."
An exploration of the sea, "our most fertile stage, populated by wonderfully colorful characters acting out their lives in a daily drama." Read full book review >
CURED by Nathalia Holt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"An astute AIDS retrospective blended with contemporary updates on aggressive medical strategies."
A fascinating discourse on how medical science is zeroing in on an HIV vaccine after several anomalous triumphs. Read full book review >
IT'S COMPLICATED by Danah Boyd
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Comprehensive new research that illuminates why and how social media is important to teens."
An analysis of the role social media plays in the lives of teens. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF THE MIND by Michio Kaku
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress."
Having written the enthusiastic but strictly science-based Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011), Kaku (Theoretical Physics/City Univ. of New York) turns his attention to the human mind with equally satisfying results. Read full book review >
THERMONUCLEAR MONARCHY by Elaine Scarry
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"An important discussion that deserves a more disciplined presentation."
Nuclear weaponry has stealthily altered the substance of our form of government, contends Scarry (Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value/Harvard Univ.; Thinking in an Emergency, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >