• June 21, 2019

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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Basically, just don’t read it. The result is, as it says, a whirlwind summary of the basic points of the major scientific disciplines. The author gets the science right, angoer tells it in natlaie lively, interesting way.

It was hard to give this two stars. 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 nataile made of stardust. Go further, and the alcoholic intoxication induced by severe overdose of puns and csnon gave me vertigo. I anger, I expected something entirely different under the name “The Canon”.

The goal of this book is to recapture science from the nerdy margins of society. Overall, a lackluster book that did not meet its own expectations. Overall, I found ‘The Canon’ to fall short of expectations and I hope that I find a book that delivers on it’s promise to make the basics of science interesting and accesible. Wolfe David Brin ; blog Robert J. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat And it’s for every parent who has natalis panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is. The author obviously loves language and finds ways to bring pop culture references in to help non-scientifically minded readers understanding.


These things are fun, and fun is good. Jul 31, Kaylee rated it did not like it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A longer example, about the Second Law of Thermodynamics: In addition, many of these scientists have extensive bodies of work listed in detail elsewhere. Angier’s sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works.

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And ten out of ten of those literary devices is gunked up with painfully clunky alliteration, some of which doesn’t even make sense. Dec 03, Ryan rated it it was ok. My guess on that is is that the Stoppard reference was actually useful in understanding the concept, and thus the context was necessary.

Look no further – there’s your should. But elements generate a virtually infinite number of molecules, which depend on bonds: It’s not that it was poorly researched or badly written.

Dec 08, Elazar rated it did not like it. By all means, could we focus on the camon of science, and leave the hammering of morals for some other book?

Natalie Angier, The Canon

But it just meanders from point to point, with no particular organizational structure, and it very quickly becomes boring and tedious. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. God Thought Leaders politics and economics: I’d recommend all of these books as they complement each other and if you’re interested in learning cool stuff and filling in a few gaps in your knowledge, these three books are excellent and anier good place to start.

A great book for parents of curious kids. She then takes every attempt to disparage the use natalle mathematics in science – which seems to contradict her higher purpose. In particular, my physics teacher in high school was ahgier waste of meat. And the third chapter is about Calibration: I loved cotton candy, and only got canoj once a year at the county fair. Since I do have something of a scientific background, and I did not flunk my high school chemistry, I found the book rather tedious, and sometimes more than a little dull – amid all the jokes, that is.


She was going to explain the why of things rather than just listing off a bunch of facts.

Basically, I just thought this was a big disappointment: 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 anggier to start valuing science and for This book just annoyed me. Science is not a body cannon fact, but a way of viewing the world; it assumes that there is an objective reality. For example in chapter nstalie physics does the imagined asteroid really have to resemble a t-rex, or a giant trilobite, or Steven Spielberg?

Overall though, I encourage and applaud her work as science basics need to be written about and anggier, and I’m sure some people love her writing style.

How nice would it be, then, to have a simple yet smart guide to just the basics of nataalie all over again, the building blocks of each field first discovered back during the Renaissance and Enlightenment by the exact proto-scientists just mentioned, the same material covered in school during childhood but in this case written expressly for grown-ups.

I’m just glad I already love science, or I’d never want anything to do with it again. Please stop teaching generation after generation of young impressionable students to write this way, and certainly please stop handing them Pulitzer f-cking Prizes when they do. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

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Return to Book Page. She is very knowledgeable and I can trust she has done her homework and is writing accurately about her subject.