Search Results: "John L. Casti"


BOOK REVIEW

X-EVENTS by John L. Casti
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2012

"Despite some flaws, Casti provides thought-provoking speculation on the future of civilization."
Award-winning mathematician and complexity scientist Casti (Mood Matters: From Rising Skirt Lengths to the Collapse of World Powers, 2010, etc.) lays out a series of worst-case scenarios—peak oil, pandemics, global economic collapse, bio- or nanotechnology run amok, nuclear accidents, terrorism, etc.—for the continued advancement of civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A very solid and useful discussion of the theory and practice of computer modeling in the physical and social sciences."
Computer simulation has arrived big time, in everything from movie effects to election forecasts; here's an expert's overview. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"Historians of science will enjoy this imaginary meeting of minds; others may find the fare too esoteric."
A fictional dialogue between five seminal modern thinkers, on the thorny subject of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Excellent insights into the current shape of mathematics for those who don't mind following a few equations."
The title says it in a nutshell: five famous math problems and how they were solved. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

What's In It For Me? by John L.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"An affecting account of rough times and recovery."
John L. describes his journey toward sobriety and faith in this debut recovery memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"The same could be said of the author."
Brittle exposÇ of Congress by a former aide to three Democratic congressmen. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It doesn—t seem to occur to him that it and other new technological facets of contemporary life may undermine certain traditional mechanisms for achieving social closeness while offering new ones in their place. (First serial to Psychology Today)"
Two largely disconnected books in one: a phenomenology of talk and conversation, and a broad-based if not very convincing presentation of the thesis that interpersonal conversation is dramatically on the decline in modern Western society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Although short on documentation, this is the most comprehensive examination of widespread covert American actions during the Vietnam War. (Military Book Club main selection)"
A heavily anecdotal recounting of the covert, behind-enemy- lines operations undertaken by American special forces during the height of the war in Vietnam. Read full book review >