We are always drawn back to the sea that links us with our ancestors, across time and space. This is a magnificent book.
She proves a clear and engaging writer, and though the more academic parts of this book take precedence over the entertaining and accessible contemporary passages, overall, this is both an enjoyable and a serious way to (re)learn Plato’s ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Mathematical Universe is (at least in the first two sections) a fun and interesting introduction to cosmology and multiverse theory.
...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.
...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.
Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution.
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.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
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.
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.
Readable, practical, and original, this is likely to become the go-to book for understanding cat behavior.
An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation.
That is what makes “The Sports Gene” such a worthy read: While the book’s purpose is to push back against the widespread denial that genes matter, Mr. Epstein avoids taking too strident a stance in the opposite direction.