The ocean will soon be front and center in pop culture. “Deep” will — you should pardon the expression — whet the public’s appetite for it.
How Not to Be Wrong, however, concentrates on statistics and probability, areas of mathematics for which there are more obvious applications. You will be hard pushed to find a sharper and more readable exposition of standard mathematical concepts such as p-values, expectation and correlation than in this book.
While the story is presented as a series of contrasts...it's also a fascinating, even illuminating, history of the video game industry as seen through the experiences of two influential companies...This is an essential read for any interested in the evolution of video games, and the rise and fall of Sega as a console contender.
Mr. Wade occasionally drops in broad, at times insulting assumptions about the behavior of particular groups...While there is much of interest in Mr. Wade’s book, readers will probably see what they are predisposed to see: a confirmation of prejudices, or a rather unconvincing attempt to promote the science of racial difference.
Hoare's writing awakens the senses with visions, sounds, and smells of the ocean; his delight and interest in nature will encourage readers to look around with new eyes.
To write a book that is scholarly and accessible and at the same time entertaining is a tremendous achievement...After reading this book you will want to read Plato’s Dialogues—but might also question your views and knowledge about politics, psychology, science, history, and ethics.
These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims.
And in her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of earth’s previous mass extinctions — and the species we’ve lost — and an engaging description of the extraordinarily complex nature 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.
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.
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.
Our Mathematical Universe is (at least in the first two sections) a fun and interesting introduction to cosmology and multiverse theory.
There are surely other things in “Anything That Moves” that...will someday extend the American food culture’s horizons, once we’ve...learned their range of culinary possibility. We just don’t know which ones. Useful answers will come, but only in time. Meanwhile, as we wait — cautiously — we’ve got Goodyear’s book to amuse and entertain us.
Though in the end St. Germain’s investigations fail to bring him quietude, it’s profoundly moving to witness his childhood resentment give way to love, admiration and — perhaps most of all — to empathy.
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.
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.