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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.
The Canon
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In this exuberant book, the best-selling author Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials, delivering an entertaining and inspiring one-stop science education. Angier interviewed a host of scientists, posing the simple question "What do you wish everyone knew about your field?" The Canon provides their answers, taking readers on a joyride through the fascinating fundamentals of the incredible world around us and revealing how they are relevant to us every day. Angier proves a rabble-rousing, wisecracking, deeply committed tour guide in her irresistible exploration of the scientific process and the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, geology, and astronomy. Even science-phobes will find her passion infectious as she strives "to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable."
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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