TECHNOLOGY

Books on all aspects of technology may end up reviewed here: from the mundane (carpet tiles or concrete) through engineering education to energy policy and even the development of space vehicles.

Lists of available reviews of books about technology

PRINCIPAL
AUTHOR
TITLE
(Linked to review)
RATING
(0-5)
REVIEW
DATE
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DESCRIPTION
Anderson, Ray C. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist 5.0 12/21/2013 Follow Ray Anderson as he wrings waste out of his carpet-manufacturing business — and ramps up the profits!
Brown, Julian Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse 5.0 8/20/2000 A report on current scientific progress toward building the quantum computer, which — if it can be built — could consign all other computers to the dumpster of history.
Courland, Robert Concrete Planet 5.0 9/01/2012 Don't let the title put you off. The saga of concrete is fascinating, and Courland writes about it with accuracy and verve. His critique of modern concrete construction practices in the last two chapters is an added bonus.
Cravens, Gwyneth Power to Save the World 5.0 3/10/2010 Follow Gwyneth Cravens and her guide on a quest to discover the truth about nuclear power plants.
Cuttle, Christopher Lighting by Design 4.0 1/12/2010 For architects and others professionally concerned with building lighting systems, this highly theoretical book will be valuable; for homeowners, not so much.
Dubbs, Chris Realizing Tomorrow 5.0 5/19/2012 Here's the newest installment in the ongoing history of the advance of private spaceflight.
Ferguson, Eugene S. Engineering and the Mind's Eye 5.0 6/30/1998 Ferguson documents how — to its detriment — engineering education in America has changed since the 1960s, de-emphasizing practical, hands-on learning in favor of the purely analytical approach.
Fogg, Martyn Terraforming 5.0 5/24/1996 This book bids fair to become the bible of its very abstruse field, which concerns making living conditions on other planets more like those of Earth.
Freeman, S. David All-Electric America 4.0 1/04/2017 The authors present much information on the merits of renewable power — but they dismiss nuclear power.
Fuller, John G. We Almost Lost Detroit 5.0 8/15/2011 Journalist Fuller's riveting account is overly alarmist in places but well researched and accurate about the slipshod performance of the AEC and the nuclear industry during their first three decades.
Gipe, Paul Wind Energy Comes of Age 5.0 2/04/2010 Wind energy came of age fifteen years ago, according to this 1995 book. In it, Paul Gipe explains why by describing much about how the fastest-growing source of alternative energy works.
Goodell, Jeff Big Coal 5.0 2/01/2010 Three years of world-ranging research went into this hard-hitting examination of the coal industry.
Goodell, Jeff How to Cool the Planet 4.5 4/17/2010 Turning from the problem of climate change to possible solutions, Goodell once again produces a worthy read.
Goodell, Jeff The Water Will Come 5.0 11/26/2017 Jeff Goodell surveys coastal cities and other installations at risk from rising seas and examines their prospects.
Hamilton, Clive Earthmasters 4.5 4/03/2013 Ethics professor Hamilton examines the moral dimensions of geoengineering to counter global warming.
Hapgood, Fred Up The Infinite Corridor 4.5 1/24/1997 A penetrating but fragmentary look at MIT and the soul of engineering
Hassoun, M. Nadim Structural Concrete 5.0 6/30/2011 The fourth edition of a very thorough introductory textbook on the use of concrete in construction.
Hessley, Rita K. Coal Science 5.0 8/25/2011 An introduction to the classification and gasification of coal — useful, but with some errors and obscurities.
Jain, Pramod Wind Energy Engineering 5.0 2/04/2010 A recognized expert on the planning of wind energy projects, Pramod Jain here provides a very accessible compendium for anyone embarking on such a project.
Kintisch, Eli Hack the Planet 5.0 7/09/2010 Another book on the hot topic of geoengineering, appropriately cautious about plunging into such measures as a means of adapting to climate change.
Krupp, Fred Earth: The Sequel 5.0 2/10/2010 Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn of the Environmental Defense Fund offer us an entertaining and inspiring tour of today's clean-energy developments.
Lustgarten, Abraham Run To Failure 5.0 6/10/2012 Lustgarten's in-depth assessment of BP, benefitting from the government report on the Gulf Gusher and other documents, confirms the neglect of safety measures in the past and its likely continuance into the future.
Lynas, Mark Nuclear 2.0 4.5 8/07/2016 Mark Lynas delivers a brief but persuasive argument for keeping nuclear power as a part of our strategy to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Magner, Mike Poisoned Legacy 5.0 10/30/2011 British Petroleum (aka BP), as documented by journalist Mike Magner, has a history of putting profits before the safety of its workers or the health of the communities where its facilities lie.
Mahaffey, James Atomic Accidents 5.0 7/17/2014 Written by a nuclear industry veteran, this well-researched history of the field provides a rational perspective on its mistakes and its prospects for the future.
Martin, Gerard (ed.) Wind Turbines 5.0 5/06/2012 This compendium of independent papers does not cover the whole spectrum of wind turbine design, but it is a very useful resource for those investigating the subject.
Martin, Richard SuperFuel 4.5 6/04/2012 The promising, but long-neglected, technology of molten salt reactors is well covered here by Richard Martin. He describes the current revival of interest in MSR designs, which may bring about the vaunted "nuclear renaissance."
Monbiot, George Heat 4.5 1/20/2010 Thinking "outside the box", British journalist George Monbiot looks for some unconventional options to slow the production of greenhouse gases. And he finds some.
Morone, Joseph G. The Demise of Nuclear Energy? 5.0 7/31/2011 Why did the United States fail at developing nuclear power? The authors provide a well-researched, clear-eyed answer.
Morton, Oliver The Planet Remade 5.0 4/25/2016 Oliver Morton unwraps the onion-layer complexity of geoengineering methods that might be used to combat climate change..
Partanen, Rauli Climate Gamble 5.0 8/15/2016 The authors, an environmental writer and an engineer, debunk false criticisms of nuclear power and argue that it must be one of the tools in our climate-change-solutions kit.
Petroski, Henry The Essential Engineer 4.5 7/10/2011 Henry Petroski's continuing mission: To raise the public's recognition of the engineering profession. In this book, his fifteenth, he achieves only mixed success.
Preston, James F. EPA Certification Guide 3.5 5/03/2012 This 1994 guide to EPA refrigeration and air-conditioning technician certification is useful but flawed. Look for a later printing.
Rhodes, Richard Nuclear Renewal 4.5 12/20/2005 Nuclear power, says Rhodes in this 1993 book, is poised to pull out of the power dive into which it was sent by Three Mile Island — and high time, too.
Rhodes, Richard Visions of Technology 5.0 3/30/2003 A veritable gold mine of short pieces on technology from throughout the 20th century
Romm, Joseph J. The Hype About Hydrogen 5.0 1/03/2006 Dr. Romm's work with the Department of Energy convinced him that creating a hydrogen economy is vital — but only if we avoid half measures and do the job right.
Sweet, William Kicking the Carbon Habit 5.0 2/01/2010 Another good treatment of options for dealing with the effects of global warming; especially strong on climate science.
Tucker, Todd Atomic America 5.0 8/18/2011 A seldom reported side of nuclear fission power plant development — that done by the Navy, Army and Air Force — is the subject of Todd Tucker's comprehensive and insightful account.
Warburg, Philip Harvest the Wind 4.5 7/10/2012 You think wind power has little potential to create American jobs, or to contribute to the country's energy mix? This well-researched book will change your mind.
Wolfson, Richard Nuclear Choices 5.0 1/17/2006 An excellent and insightful technical description of the principles, practical operation, and problems attendant to, nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons.
Quality Ranges for Book Reviews
The books are rated from 0 to 5 in increments of 0.5. Colors represent the following quality ranges:
4.0 to 5.0 Quality: HIGH (Color = Aqua) Competent to exceptional; well worth the money
2.0 to 3.5 Quality: FAIR (Color = Lime) Useful despite some flaws; may or may not be worth buying.
0.5 to 1.5 Quality: POOR (Color = Yellow) Seriously flawed; read it if you wish, but don't buy it.
0.0 to 0.0 Quality: YUCK (Color = Fuchsia) Avoid this book at all costs!
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