Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 10)

LOVE AND MATH by Edward Frenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A fascinating peek into the author's life and work."
An award-winning mathematician explains his passion for pure mathematics, a subject that reveals a "hidden parallel universe of beauty and elegance, intricately intertwined with ours." Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"As researchers on climate change know, warnings of future disasters are a hard sell. Enthusiasts dominate observers of progress in artificial intelligence; the minority who disagree are alarmed, articulate and perhaps growing in numbers, and Barrat delivers a thoughtful account of their worries."
Cars aren't out to kill us, but that may be a side effect of building cars, writes documentary filmmaker Barrat in this oddly disturbing warning that progress in computers might spell our extinction. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Even if Ohanian's arguments concerning intellectual property rights are unconvincing, everything else he has to say can only help aspiring 21st-century entrepreneurs."
A jazzy guide to getting your Internet startup off the ground, from one equipped with time-tested advice: reddit co-founder Ohanian. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An important story well-told."
A chronicle of the friendship between writer Albert Camus and biologist Jacques Monod, skillfully combining science, biography and history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"By no means the end of plagues, but a wonderful account of the end of smallpox and the man who deserves full credit for devising one of the safest and most effective means of prevention."
The end of at least one plague, smallpox, is the centerpiece in immunologist Rhodes' saga of humanity's attempts to overcome infectious disease. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Some news is hopeful, and a few nations have taken action, so this is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species."
Following up The World Without Us (2007), which explored how the Earth might heal from our depredations if humans became extinct, journalist Weisman writes a more conventional but equally astute analysis of how humans might avoid extinction. Read full book review >
AN APPETITE FOR WONDER by Richard Dawkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"After delivering an entertaining account of his not-terribly-arduous youth and progression up the ladder of scientific academia, Dawkins ends with the publication of The Selfish Gene, but most readers will eagerly anticipate a concluding volume."
Dawkins (b. 1941), having written best-sellers on his favorite subjects including evolutionary biology (The Selfish Gene, 1976) and atheism (The God Delusion, 2006), turns to the traditional autobiography. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"This articulate, principled use of scientific methodology offers a clear, rational examination of an intriguing concept."
Time travel—its possibilities, potential and primary obstacles—gets a levelheaded review from a physicist in this lucid, optimistic book. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A valuable guide for parents and educators that includes tips on choosing a therapist and parenting strategies."
A veteran clinical psychologist contends that there is a "pervasive tendency in our society to medicalize children's behavior" and "shy away from trusting our own ability to decipher the ordinary human meanings, motives and developmental reasons for why children act the way they do." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Readers will learn something they didn't realize it was important to know."
A surprisingly profound little book about the rise of the "military-entertainment complex" in the wake of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A thoughtful contribution to the climate change debate, with a unique, businesscentric approach to setting energy and environmental policies."
Debut author Stoner provides an in-depth look at climate change and the world's energy use, offering bold, new policies that could save the planet and the global economy. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"A well-framed celebration of how the digital world will make us bigger, rather than diminish us."
A sprightly tip of the hat to the rewards and pleasures—and betterments—of our digital experiences. Read full book review >