Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 11)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"A useful, readable collection of advice for young people on the verge of new careers."
A guide to the working world for recent graduates. Read full book review >
NETIQUETTE IQ by Paul Babicki
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 14, 2013

"A comprehensive, stimulating guide to getting the word out."
A revealing primer on the art of effective emails and other communications. Read full book review >

THE RATIONAL ANIMAL by Douglas T. Kenrick
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Sharp, piquant science/behavioral-economics writing."
How do people make decisions, and how has the brain evolved to make the choices that it does? Read full book review >
CAT SENSE by John Bradshaw
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A useful guide to help cat lovers better understand their elusive pets."
A cat-loving anthrozoologist probes "the cat's true nature." Read full book review >
MY BRIEF HISTORY by Stephen Hawking
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Hawking's candid explanation of how his ideas about the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes have evolved ends with intriguing hints on the current direction of his thinking."
Hawking (co-author: The Grand Design, 2010 etc.) briefly examines his life and his well-earned celebrity status—"partly because scientists, apart from Einstein, are not widely known rock stars, and partly because I fit the stereotype of a disabled genius." Read full book review >

WHAT MAKES A HERO? by Elizabeth Svoboda
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A satisfying investigation of the mechanics of heroism."
A personal quest to become more mindful takes science writer Svoboda on a search for outstanding examples of heroism and how they relate to altruism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Bittersweet but celebratory."
An account of the tragically brief life of mathematician Danny Lewin (1970–2001), whose innovative algorithms "[changed] the Internet forever." Read full book review >
THE CANCER CHRONICLES by George Johnson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 30, 2013

"A thorough and nuanced presentation of the state of the science of cancer research, refreshing in its honest appraisal that the war is far from over."
Not quite "abandon all hope," but there's not much to cheer about in this wide-angled survey of where we are in the fight against cancer. Read full book review >
THE GRAY SHIP by Russell F. Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A rare read that's not only wildly entertaining, but also profoundly moving."
In this stellar time-travel novel, a modern-American nuclear-powered cruiser sails through a time portal and goes back 152 years to the days just before the beginning of the Civil War. Read full book review >
JAVA SERVER SIDE PROGRAMMING by Mukesh Prasad
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An illuminating, if not in-depth, study of basic principles of programming practice."
Readers get a guided tour through the creation of a stripped-down server using the Java computer programming language in this slim volume devoted to illustrating the conceptual foundation of server-side programming. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation."
Former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, 2008) may have felt he would need to achieve immortality in order to write this comprehensive, busy book, which bulges with the results of his reading, interviewing and traveling. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A well-researched program to help reclaim personal downtime from the inundation of cyberinformation."
How to combat the crush of digital information available today. Read full book review >