Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress.
And in The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, offers well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers.
While it would be easy to mock some of Tesson's haughtiest moments as typical Parisian high-mindedness, the fact he's so unabashed about his soul-searching is what sets the book apart from the typical 21st-century memoir.
That is what makes “The Sports Gene” such a worthy read: While the book’s purpose is to push back against the widespread denial that genes matter, Mr. Epstein avoids taking too strident a stance in the opposite direction.
The book’s folksy narrative adds brightness and humor to the story as Appelt explores the swamp’s rich history, varied denizens...while there’s little doubt who will emerge victorious, finding out how events unfurl is well worth the read.
...the highlight of the book comes...where Mr. Rutherford takes an informed stand against the unthinking opponents of genetic engineering...His arguments are clear and compelling but not easily summarized in abbreviated form.
...if accounting for natural capital ever does become conventional corporate wisdom, Tercek has a point; and in the meantime, his arguments are very much worth reading.
Intelligent and thought-provoking views into the complexities of addiction and recovery.
One wishes that the author's willingness to confront complexity and avoid simple answers had informed more of this disappointingly uneven book.
It is an uncomfortable book: not only is it the most faithfully autobiographical of Waugh's novels, it is about Waugh's own period of madness...strange and difficult genius.
A lack of understanding of the basics does not detract from the power and impact of the underlying story, which is thoroughly engrossing.
Sadly, Kurzweil’s in-book autobiography, repeated mention of his company’s products and snipes at his detractors come off as blatant self-promotion. This book would have benefited from a strong edit...
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit.
Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.
The result is an unconvincing reprise of an obsolete worldview.
....it's difficult to go along with Wolf's central contention, which is that women can only harness their creativity when in a fulfilled sexual relationship...
Though his subject is a serious one, Mr. Kean enlivens his narrative with an appealing sense of humor.
Engaging, useful account of the similarities between humans and other animals.
A study of China's impact on the world economy neglects the country's domestic failings.
A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go.