Search Results: "Timothy Ferris"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 2006

"Timothy the tortoise is a splendid social critic, a keen-eyed anthropologist who sees far beyond his shell."
A dazzling riff on human beings and their weird ways "written" by an 18th-century tortoise that lived for years in the garden of English naturalist/curate Gilbert White and appeared in White's The Natural History of Selborne (1789). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"There is much joy and beauty in this passage from speculation to demonstration, and we have Ferris to thank for his superb rendering, both of the shebang and of the science that studies the shebang. (Book-of-the-Month Club split main selection; History Book Club alternate selection)"
As Virgil led Dante through the thickets and circles of the inferno, so Ferris, a science writer's science writer, guides the reader through the clouds and bubbles, the singularities and uncertainties that characterize cosmology today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"The mind's sky indeed—but with clouds."
Ferris, who usually pokes around in outer space (Coming of Age in the Milky Way, The Red Shift, etc.), probes the inner kind as well in these amusing if far-fetched essays on the human mind, the search for extraterrestrial (and thus nonhuman) intelligence (SETI), and their intersection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 31, 1990

The title's a bit grandiose, since this 864-page anthology deals almost solely with Western science and, moreover, except for a few poems, includes no pre-20th-century entries (no Newton, for instance). . .but never mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Ferris keenly demonstrates that the health and happiness of the planet is tied to a strong marriage of science and democracy."
Prolific science writer Ferris (Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril, 2002, etc.) explains how liberal democracy and a robust scientific environment walk hand in hand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Mysteries, menaces, and thrills for the skyward eye."
A first-rate science-writer (The Whole Shebang, 1997, etc.) delves into his lifetime passion for stargazing, and the result is essential reading for kindred spirits and all would-be astronomers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. TIMOTHY by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Still, a clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement."
Tiny Tim has grown up in this uneven effort: an intriguing reexamination of Dickens's beloved waif, saddled with a not altogether successful thriller, à la The Alienist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMOTHY LEARY by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2006

"A thorough, sternly bemused biography."
The lurid, yet strangely naïve life of the Harvard psychologist and LSD guru. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FANTASTIC FERRIS WHEEL by Betsy Harvey Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers. (biographical note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Heeding the call to "make big plans" for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, George Ferris designed—and built—the giant observation wheel that now bears his name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMOTHY TUGBOTTOM SAYS NO by Anne Tyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The sudden transformation in Timothy may seem unrealistic, but youngsters who resist change will find a good example and a peer in this celebrated novelist's latest work for children. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Young Timothy Tugbottom doesn't like change. Read full book review >

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TIMOTHY TUNNY SWALLOWED A BUNNY by Bill Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"His deep-dish colors mind the music and the footwork of Grossman's highly visual wordplay. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Eighteen slaphappy poems play nimbly with words, names, and crazy situations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIMOTHY FILES by Lawrence Sanders
Released: June 15, 1987

"Grossly synthetic and thoroughly unappealing: only for Sanders' most undiscriminating fans."
Three limp, unconnected episodes featuring Timothy Cone, "the Wall Street dick"—in an unusually sloppy, thoroughly hackneyed offering from an uneven, crass mass-producer (The Eighth Commandment, The Fourth Deadly Sin, The Passion of Molly T., etc.). Read full book review >