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.
Kolbert also weaves a relatable element into the at-times heavily scientific discussion, bringing the sites of past and present extinctions vividly to life with fascinating information that will linger with readers long after they close the book. A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment.
Svante Paabo’s Neanderthal Man, is an important consideration...it takes us a step farther and explores, perhaps unintentionally, the very foundations of doing science.
...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.
This is engaging enough as it goes, but Ms. Greer is so interested in her land that she forgets to make it interesting to us. There are pages of deep, dry ecological history...
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.
Even truly accomplished worriers should be cheered that the author...has wrapped his arms around a vast body of science and intellectual history to gain useful perspective on his own agonizing experiences. The result is a work that sheds light not just on a particular disorder but on the human condition that gives rise to it.
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.
Goodyear’s exploration of this engrossing and morally complex topic provides a solid footing for hearty conversations.
The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places.
There is something both exotic and magnetic about such people.” They are “artists of the air.” By the time you reach the book’s bittersweet conclusion you are convinced of this...
The book is filled with surprising facts about the drink.
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
In short, the book describes a confounding sort of country: a small island capable of beating the world, steeped in self-defeating snobbery and parochialism. Not much has changed.
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.
A memoir that combined charming reminiscences of Africa and weird stories about English school life with an evaluation of the forces that led this extremely smart man to adopt and argue for such an unusual perspective would be welcome. Perhaps that will come in the second volume of Richard Dawkins's memoirs, supposedly due in two years.
"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.
Even though the core of the book is scientific and factual, and the style is often (necessarily) dry, Bradshaw's concern and love for cats shines through...