These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims.
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.
As with many sufferers, Stossel’s quest to find relief is unfinished, but his book relays a masterful understanding of the condition he and millions of others endure.
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.
...drone pilots take no risks, a fact that will undoubtedly make the subjects of Holmes's book seem all the more glamorous and admirable in their pursuit of knowledge, fame, fortune, military superiority or sheer excitement.
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.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
Although its subtitle promises to reveal “The making of a scientist,” the book delivers nothing close...The book is doubly disappointing given the high regard many readers have for the depth of his intellect.
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.
In an effort as ambitious as it is (probably) impossible, former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters) embarks on an epic quest to understand the nature of immortality.
"The Sports Gene" is bound to put the cat among the pigeons in the blank-slate crowd who think that we can all be equal as long as we equalize environmental inputs such as practice. But the science says that it just ain't so. Not even 10,000 hours of wishful thinking will change nature.
...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.
Livio’s book is a valuable antidote to this skewed picture. He profiles five great scientists — Einstein, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling and Fred Hoyle...into a thoughtful meditation on the course of science itself.
A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s American Prometheus...
...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.
Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams...
The Anatomy of Violence is a sobering reminder that for all our cultural pretensions, we are also at the mercy of our biological systems.
By the end of this at times unwieldy but provocative book, it’s hard not to buy Pollan’s argument that cooking is “one of the most interesting and worthwhile things we humans do.”
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.