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The Canon

A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
Angier, Natalie (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of Woman, a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig tour of the scientific canon. She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. Angier's gifts are on full display in The Canon, an ebullient celebration of science that stands to become a classic. The Canon is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time -- from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. And it's for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is. Angier's sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works. "Of course you should know about science," writes Angier, "for the same reason Dr. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: These things are fun and fun is good." The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we're all really made of stardust. It's Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas -- a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.
Authors: Angier, Natalie
Title: The canon
a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Natalie Angier
Contents: Thinking scientifically: an out-of-body experience
Probabilities: for whom the bell curves
Calibration: playing with scales
Physics: and nothing's plenty for me
Chemistry: fire, ice, spies, and life
Evolutionary biology: the theory of every body
Molecular biology: cells and whistles
Geology: imagining world pieces
Astronomy: heavenly creatures
ISBN: 9780618242955
0618242953
Branch Call Number: 500 A588c 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Science Popular works
Topical Term: Science
LCCN: 2006026871
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Award-winning science journalist Angier draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a reporter for the New York Times, to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy.


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Sep 26, 2012
  • thornhill30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was recommended to me by a teacher friend after I tried to read Chemistry for Dummies...mistake.
Angier writes in an amusing style and manages to put across complex ideas in an understandable way. Both enlightening and entertaining.

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