Natalie Angier is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times Video: Natalie Angier – The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (May 16, Panel discussion with Neil Turok, Michael D. Griffin, Nadia El-Awady and Stewart Brand, at the Quantum to Cosmos festival. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Science is underappreciated and undervalued in a The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science – Kindle edition by Natalie Angier. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. Natalie Angier, a science writer for the New York Times, has written a wonderful book called The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful.

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By all means, could we focus on the basics of science, and leave the hammering of morals for some other book?

I didn’t like the tone of the book and the sort of passive-aggresive half-not funny way that Angier writes. That was this book. Smart, fun, friendly book about the sciences, with a separate chapter for each: Overall, I can’ I liked this more than I thought I might, given the reviews.

She turns guys with lab coats and pocket protectors into Daniel Craig. How dare she write so artfully, explain so brilliantly, rendering us scientists simultaneously proud and inarticulate!

Unless you’re talking to an eight year old, sentences like “Star light, star bright, Brown wishes you’d try this trick at night” are not really appropriate. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nov 11, EAL rated it it was amazing Shelves: Back then I evaded chemistry by taking an earth science course Rocks for Jocks.

Give the apple and its seeds time, however, and they begin releasing ripening hormones, most notably ethylene. Overall though, I encourage and applaud her work as science basics need to be written about and read, and I’m sure some people love her writing style.

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier

There are further successes elsewhere. But what we laymen and laywomen consider complex pales in comparison to the vast body of knowledge that we call science. It’s like a mighty mastodon masticated a healthy handful of diamonds and then defecated onto my lawn. I couldn’t get past it. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different approach from the typical introductory science book or class.


If only science teachers at my high school had been as engaging as this writer. Natalie AngierNatalie AngierNatalie; nataliw al. A great book e parents of curious kids. I believe Angier was trying to make the book user-friendly for the science-phobes, but these efforts fell flat and were far too prevalent. 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 fl 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.

Today, clotting is like professional baseball. It has taken me a long time to finish it because science is not something I read for fun. I’ve read about several of these subjects before in some other entertaining books.

This is, simply put, a great book. Your agier of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. I was really looking forward to reading this book, which purports to be a layperson’s introduction to all things beautiful in science. A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Sciencewhichat least for me, helped dispel many of the myths surrounding science, while at the same time presenting a lucid and well written exposition on basic information concerning the subject that we should all have in our overworked yet underused brains.

I can’t say that more strongly. I can’t freaking stand this style of journalism nahalie and unfortunately the entirety of The Canon is written in this style, meaning I could barely angiwr it through chapter one before quickly giving up altogether.

Angier so ably and entertainingly covers in this slim — under pages — volume is the scientific method, probabilities, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy.


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The best example of this comes right at the end when the author talks about the Drake equation. But the reason I gave it only two stars was because it beats a dead horse. Angier has some fun turning a good phrase here and there. The biggest reason for this seemed to be to avoid scaring any unwary readers with “math” or “hard” science. Natalie Angier is composed of 4 names. By the time I got to my last bite it was sickeningly sweet, and I didn’t really enjoy it, just endured it.

Pick up something else, let the good Ms. This needn’t be a bad thing, but the writer’s presentation is meandering and counterproductive. In all, a good way to bring the science fearful into a basic understanding that could be nurtured into interest or even love.

The more I learn about the history of science, the natalke I realize why it has such a precarious, semi-mystical reputation with so much of the general public by now; because when the modern “scientific process” nafalie first formed in the s, the first few generations of “scientists” were starting almost from scratch, meaning that the average member natalle the public could go out and replicate the experiments these people were doing, and understand for themselves what science is and why it’s so important.

However, probably not a book for someone who has seen their way through less flowery, more information dense tomes. Empieza a leer The Canon: Nov 09, Marie desJardins rated it it was ok. We think our lives or our jobs are complex. She mixes jokes, puns and one-liners in with her science facts at a ratio of about one to one. She couldn’t seem to decide whether she wanted to be playfully incomprehensible in a Finnegan’s Wakean way, or drolly incisive in a kind of Popish verse.