Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 9)

THE SIMPSONS AND THEIR MATHEMATICAL SECRETS by Simon Singh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fun trip with the "ultimate TV vehicle for pop culture mathematics.""
Higher math for dummies, courtesy of The Simpsons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"For those who require the full Jobs collection."
Free-wheeling memoir of the author's relationship with the young Steve Jobs, which led to the birth of their daughter, Lisa. Read full book review >

O.C.R. Observer Created Reality by Eric Lyle Stilson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 25, 2013

"Theoretical and philosophical musings that present food for thought but fall short of being truly educational."
A layman's guide to one aspect of quantum mechanics. Read full book review >
HEART by Dick Cheney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Gives meaning to the phrase "a heartbeat away," especially when applied to an official who could possibly ascend to the highest office in the land."
The former vice president shares a detailed history of his heart attacks, alternating sections with the doctor who has supervised the surgeries to keep him alive despite multiple near-death experiences. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A fascinating glimpse at a scientific frontier—not always easily understandable but well worth the effort."
Best known for sequencing the human genome, Venter (A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life, 2007, etc.) now looks ahead to the possibilities for synthesizing life. Read full book review >

THE DYNAMICS OF DISASTER by Susan W.  Kieffer
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Sharp, timely, slightly terrifying science writing."
Kieffer (Emerita, Geology/Univ. of Illinois) argues that all natural disasters that disrupt the Earth and its atmosphere are the result of a rapid shift in matter and energy that she calls a "change of state." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An unexpected verdict and its aftermath make this a satisfying murder mystery in the grand tradition."
A suspicious death in a quaint English village sets the stage for a real-life scientific thriller. Read full book review >
THE EVERYTHING STORE by Brad Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A must-add to any business bookshelf."
Fair-minded, virtually up-to-the-minute history of the retail and technology behemoth and the prodigious brain behind it. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An erudite anthem for large companies reshaping themselves to innovate and compete with agile startups."
Couched as an us-vs.-them guide for corporations in the realm of technology innovation, this perceptive book shows how big companies can defeat the nimble upstarts through the strategic use of resources, the implementation of three principles and the following of eight rules. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Entertaining popular history."
A social historian explores the "intellectual consequences" of the expeditions of Christopher Columbus, which "nudg[ed] Europeans toward modern ways of thinking about their planet." Read full book review >
BEYOND THE GOD PARTICLE by Leon Lederman
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Some concepts in physics (string theory is another) are difficult to explain to general readers, but Lederman and Hill make a noble effort, and those who obey their frequent suggestions to re-read may find it worth the effort."
An energetic follow-up to The God Particle (1993), Nobel laureate Lederman's fine overview of particle physics. This time, Lederman is assisted by theoretical physicist Hill; the two co-authored Quantum Physics for Poets (2011) and Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe (2004). Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A fascinating explanation of why "a broken heart can feel as painful as a broken leg" and social recognition is frequently prized above money."
Lieberman (Psychology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences/UCLA) offers scientific evidence to counter the idea that the need to survive and reproduce is the fundamental driver of human behavior. Read full book review >