In this exuberant book, the best-selling author Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials, delivering an entertaining and inspiring. Though Angier is a regular contributor to the Science Times section of this “The Canon” presents the fundamentals of science: numbers and. ONE to watch: out in paperback in early January is science writer Natalie Angier’s The Canon. It is an ambitious sweep through the basics of.
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I should have read this book only one chapter at a time. And it’s for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is.
Presented in an easily understood format by Natalie Angier who calls herself, not a scientist, but a science writer. The folksy humour and the optimistic, upbeat delivery are perhaps just a manifestation of native style in what is a very American book; in fact The Canon is at its most successful when this is in the foreground.
First, Angier cannot go more than two paragraphs without throwing in some want-to-be-clever non sequitur. Natalie Angier writes wonderful columns which frequently appear in the New York Times. Jokes are built into almost every paragraph and their structure, usually a series of serious scenarios followed by a comical one, is tiresome.
But as we all know by now, the collective body of scientific knowledge we now have actually grows exponentially, not in a linear fashion; and that means, for example, that years after the subject was invented, most working scientists anymore are forced to devote their entire adult lives to studying and understanding everything that came before them in their field’s history, leaving their current work looking in the eyes of most laypeople like incomprehensible gibberish.
The entire idea of the book is to teach science and yet I found myself floundering in a rant about how more people should just learn science and go into science and people really need to start valuing science and for This book just annoyed me.
I really only skimmed the rest of the book, camon by this time I’d realized that this was really not an introduction to anything; it was more of a collection of random musings about random science-related topics.
Jul 17, Peggie rated it liked it. She just has this writing style that, well Angier’s gifts are on full display in The Canon, an ebullient celebration of science that stands to become a classic.
Okay, whatever, but then one sentence later, “If you bought a euphorbia and nicknamed it Saguaro, your aunt from Tucson might not see any cause to correct you.
I thought that the author also did a great job of presenting all those basics that I somehow couldn’t understand all along. While wngier style can become a bit draining after a while, it is easy to see how much she loves science. The chapter on physics made my day; the chemistry chapter would have made last year’s science class much more interesting; the astronomy chapter was a tad belabored, though no amount of repeti Science is beautiful.
Aug 20, Suzanne rated it anier it Shelves: My first bite was all I remembered and dreamed it natalle be. I found that the less I knew about a subject the more I enjoyed the material. The layman wants a demonstration. 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.
Me reading this book was like a fish going to a lecture about why water is important. May 28, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead, I got a ‘science for beginners’. She did a nice job in this section, as with the other sections. I natapie reading this book slowly. The second law guarantees a certain degree of chaos and mishap in your life no matter how compulsively you plan cnon schedule and triple-check every report.
Of course you should know about science, for the same reason Dr. No trivia or quizzes yet. Overall, I can’ I liked this more than I thought I might, given the reviews. Open Preview See a Problem?
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
John Scalzi Jonathan Strahan: But being force fed every other sentence? When you focus your education on one area of science, others get missed — I’ve never taken courses in these fields and, sadly, I tuned out my dad’s hiking lectures on geology.
I wasn’t able to finish a single full chapter. At first I found the chattiness to be slightly off-putting, but when I got to the chapters on material that I didn’t know much about molecular biology and chemistrythe light-hearted distractions were actually helpful in keeping me focused on the main points.
Preview — The Canon by Natalie Nztalie. On the phenomena of physics, she asks: Chemists have a persecution complex. To be fair, she did present the material in a linear order that made it relatively easy for me to see how one freestanding fact might follow naturally from the one s preceding it.
Wngier has taken me a long time to finish it because science is not something I read for fun. I read a few of the other chapters, but not the whole thing, because that’s as much as I wanted to know; and that worked fine, which is another good thing about this book.
The planet records its own history. I was really looking forward to reading this book, which purports to be a layperson’s introduction to all things beautiful in science. Secondly, the author writes like a columnist. My compulsion with finishing a text once I’ve started it us the only reason I made it to the final page of The Canon. Back then I evaded chemistry by taking an earth science course Rocks for Jocks. I enjoyed the ideas in this book though I really didn’t learn anything new and in general I liked that the cxnon worked to make the science approachable.
It’s not that the jokes are all bad; no, some of them are moderately clever, many of them made me at least smile.
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
It was hard to give this two stars. She mixes jokes, puns and one-liners in with her science facts at a ratio of about one to one. Rather than just give the equation and tell what the variables mean to me a wonderful way to understand how astronomy intersects historical sciencesthe author mentions, almost off-handedly, a few of the variables and then only really explains the last one.