The Canon

The Canon

A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Book - 2007
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Award-winning science journalist Angier takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She 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--a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. It's for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time--from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. It's also one of those rare books that reignites our childhood delight in figuring out how things work: we learn what's actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, how the horse shows evolution at work, and that we really are all made of stardust.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007
ISBN: 9780618242955
0618242953
Call Number: 500 A588c 2007
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm

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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

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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