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.
An important book is by necessity one that provokes serious disagreement as well as thought. It’s a tribute to Kolbert’s achievement that I also ended up having some serious philosophical reservations about her ultimate argument.
Hopefully writing My Age of Anxiety proved to be cathartic for Mr. Stossel. Reading My Age of Anxiety will surely prove to be inspirational for his compatriots.
There are moments that, to me, seem to not just require but demand some jumping and finger-pointing — for an educated, embedded voice to step back a moment from the wash of blood and guts and semen and say, simply, that this, then, is too much.
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.
Stone does know when to provide a breather with entertaining anecdotes about Amazon’s competitive jujitsu.
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.
...while he whets readers’ appetites, he rarely sates them...he clears the table to make room for a promised second course. Hopefully that one will be more satisfying.
Does technology make us lazy, incapable of thinking smartly about solutions to cultural problems...In this optimistic, fast-paced tale about the advent of technology and its influence on humans, journalist Thompson addresses these and other questions.
An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation.
While he helpfully leads readers into the dugout of modern genetics and sports science, his overall conclusions challenge few assumptions.
Even if his predictions prove to be off, Rutherford delivers a timely and important dispatch from the field tilled by James Watson and Francis Crick...
“Brilliant Blunders” shows that while scientists make mistakes, they ultimately get things right. And we’d better start paying attention.
...to understand the whole man, one must understand why Oppenheimer did not win a Nobel Prize and why he did not carry on his work in nuclear physics. Mr. Monk finesses this about as well as a biographer can...
...these concepts are so lost in a heap of digressions, interludes and fables...that the signal-to-noise ratio may prove to be too much for all but the most dedicated tech readers.
In addition, we find the wistful, nostalgic tone—a Bradbury trademark—and his preoccupation with children and the most child-like of technologies: namely spaceships, human-like robots...
If he shouts a little too loudly about the brain’s role, it is because that voice needs to be heard. In The Anatomy of Violence, it comes across clearly, powerfully and often persuasively.
A convincing case is made throughout that buying processed food usually represents false economy or false convenience, and often both.
Despite its thoroughness and appetite for detail, there is one glaring omission from Schmidt's and Cohen's vision of the future: the phenomenon of corporate power.