Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
JUST BABIES by Paul Bloom
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An engaging examination of human morality."
A developmental psychologist warns against a facile explanation of the origins of morality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Huber's political polemics detract somewhat from an otherwise intriguing discussion."
Legal expert Huber (The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy, 2006, etc.) contends that government intervention in the science and practice of medicine is impeding progress. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A fine example of science made accessible for general readers, combining history, personal anecdotes, clear accounts of research and a broad picture of human evolution."
A reader-friendly examination of the great gap that exists between human beings and the rest of the animal world and an explanation of how our minds came to be unique. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Old-school journalism that has plenty to say about the new media and how we absorb information today."
The backbiting true story of the smartphone wars, as told from the point of view of the guys in the trenches. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A well-tooled, instructive tale of ingenuity."
The story of the teams who, for $10 million in prize money from the X Prize Foundation, are striving to make a car that will travel 100 miles on the equivalent of a gallon of gas. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Suggestive but not entirely convincing. A modest addition to the popular psychology/self-help shelf."
A debunking of the popular treatments of "the alleged great [vertical] divide between the 'analytical/logical' left and 'artistic/intuitive' right halves of the human brain." Read full book review >