Mr. Hoare's "The Sea Inside" embraces the dangers and mysteries of the natural world and in them finds transcendental awe. Part memoir, part travelogue and part natural history, the book takes the reader around the globe and through time.
In Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s new book...Plato turns up not only at the search engine’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif...In Goldstein’s neat finale, the pupil of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle eagerly disappears into the magnetic bowels of an fM.R.I. scanner to have his brain probed.
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.
Such assessments could make for a gloomy read but but Kolbert manages to avoid being depressing or preachy by keeping her focus on the science, which is engrossing, and the scientists she meets along the way. Together, they form a remarkable cast of characters, all grappling with an unprecedented moment in the story of life.
In “Neanderthal Man” Paabo offers a fascinating account of the three decades of research that led from a secret hobby to a scientific milestone...For the most part, though, “Neanderthal Man” is a revealing history of a new scientific field.
...Mr Werth’s account comes at a cost. Vertex gave the author access to its executives and scientists. Having devoted two books to the firm, Mr Werth at times seems too allied with it. “The Antidote” describes Mr Boger as an evangelist; in Mr Werth, he seems to have found a convert.
The authors may not have the solution to growing inequality, but their book marks one of the most effective explanations yet for the origins of the gap.
Stossel’s personal stories are absorbing...His discovery that his young daughter has a phobia of vomiting, despite not knowing of her father’s identical fear, is both eye-opening and heartbreaking...My Age of Anxiety is a compelling mix of research, personal journalism and insights.
Although only a physicist or mathematician is likely to understand everything in Our Mathematical Universe, enough will be comprehensible for non-scientific readers to enjoy an amazing ride through the rich landscape of contemporary cosmology.
...like much of what goes before it, it proves hard to sustain her extreme subject. After a while everything tastes the same—just like chicken.
It’s hard to compose facts and figures into a volume that reads as easily as a novel, loaded with derring-do and emotion. Mr. Holmes has succeeded at that challenge, profiling an important but underexamined aspect of human history that is uplifting in all its forms.
A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.
The Everything Store provides extraordinary access to one of the great business stories of this or any other time. The book has all the twists and turns of a top-notch action-adventure movie.
On occasion, a book crosses my desk with a viewpoint so daft that I find myself checking the dust jacket to reassure myself that it emanated from an ostensibly reliable source, not some crank who lives out under the viaduct. Such was my reaction as I turned through the pages of “Churchill’s Bomb,”...
Tesson’s engaging book, winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction and skillfully translated by Linda Coverdale, is “the journal of a hermit’s life,” one in which Tesson candidly records his rich experiences and reveals his equally illuminating self-discoveries.
This first installment reads like the work of a man who has already written abundantly about himself. He often tells stories that, he acknowledges, he has told before. He includes the texts of speeches he has made.
"Smarter Than You Think," the first book by technology journalist Clive Thompson, is an admiring letter to the digital tools that increasingly chronicle and guide our daily lives.
A cat-loving anthrozoologist probes “the cat's true nature.”...A useful guide to help cat lovers better understand their elusive pets.
An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation.
The narrative follows Mr. Epstein’s search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they’re receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology and sports medicine.