Search Results: "Steven Pinker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Call it continuing education for brain owners, an instruction manual on how thought works—and how to think better."
Consider the lexicon, Watson: The words a person uses tell you who that person is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW THE MIND WORKS by Steven Pinker
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Fascinating stuff."
With verve and clarity, the author of The Language Instinct (1993) offers a thought-challenging explanation of why our minds work the way they do Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Fatter and more complex than Strunk and White, and some of the more technical arguments may make this a tough sell on the first-year comp front. Still, Pinker's vade mecum is a worthy addition to any writer's library."
Yet another how-to book on writing? Indeed, but this is one of the best to come along in many years, a model of intelligent signposting and syntactical comportment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Classic Pinker, jammed with facts, figures, and points of speculative departure; a big, complex book, well worth the effort for the good news that it delivers."
Frightened of your own shadow? Worried about lone gunmen and psycho killers? Pinker (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, 2007, etc.) encourages readers not to fret so much. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1994

"Designed for a popular audience, this is in fact a hefty read full of wonder and wisdom."
Another in a series of books (Joel Davis's Mother Tongue, p. 1303; Ray Jackendorf's Patterns in the Mind, p. 1439) popularizing Chomsky's once controversial theories explaining the biological basis of language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A rich, sophisticated argument that may leave pious souls a little uneasy."
The well-published MIT cognitive scientist and linguist (How the Mind Works, 1997, etc.) takes on one of philosophy's thorniest problems in this lucid view of what makes humans human. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"A valuable demonstration of how discounting biology during the last 40 years has done a disservice, especially to men."
Canadian psychologist and Globe and Mail columnist Pinker crafts a biologically based and sure-to-be-controversial examination of sex differences between "fragile men" and gifted women who opt out of successful careers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Certainly not groundbreaking, but it's mostly entertaining and instructive to read about such things as menstrual synchrony and human-stampede-induced bridge wobbling."
It takes a village to raise—well, just about everybody. And it's even better when everyone can see who's being raised. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA by Steven Guarnaccia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Chic and sophisticated, a delectable homage to fashion. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)"
A crisp, modern take on the oft-told tale: deliciously subversive and visually captivating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU MUST BE THIS TALL by Steven Weinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Humorously speaks to kids' frustrations but doesn't support rule-following. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Tongue-in-cheek humor explores that age-old conundrum facing every child who is too short to ride some exciting attraction. Read full book review >