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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. 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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Angiee writing style is very light, loaded with enthusiasm, and a bit chatty at times. Thus we perceive numbers of things in groups of five; our unit of time the second, is about a heartbeat.

It makes me think of when I was a little kid. Angier’s writing is perfect for that kind of short, entertaining, and comical medium. The author obviously loves language and finds ways to bring pop culture references in to help non-scientifically minded readers understanding.

Nov 23, Heather Browning rated it liked it Shelves: I only wish some of my teachers in high school had been as interesting as Ms. And that is a pity, because other books, more focused, do a much better job of enlightening beginners as to the basics of what each science does and is.


I loved cotton candy, and only nnatalie it once a year at the county fair. And that’s why, like I always do in these cases, I’m recusing myself from giving the book a formal point score, because I simply didn’t read enough of it to give it a fair rating.


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Second, as made clear in the first two chapters, Angier’s aim is to introduce scientific topics to a broad and perhaps unwilling audience. She did a nice j I really enjoyed this book. She mixes jokes, puns and one-liners in with her science facts at a ratio of about one to one. Look at the stars, look at the Grand Canyon.


The best example of this comes right at the end when the author talks about the Drake equation. It was hard to give this two stars. It’s only possible to read it without annoyance in very, very small pieces. Understanding how things work feels good. To recapitulate my reticence and perhaps to highlight this haphazard heads-up: If they had been, it would have matalie the book so much better.

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

This book just annoyed me. The Canon is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time — from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. That’s okay once in a while, and I understand the desire to liven up what could be written in a very dull way, but it’s a constant stream and anvier just want to put your hands on her shoulders, look her in the eye, and with a gentle tone tell her to stop trying so hard and if that doesn’t work, scream “knock it off!!!

By way of angiwr I give you this gem from page”Perhaps nothing underscores carbon’s chemical genius better than the breadth of its packaging options, from the dark, slippery, shavable format of graphite on one extreme, to fossilized starlight on the other- translucent, mesmeric, intransigent diamond, the hardest substance known, save for a human heart grown cold.


Angier preach to the as yet unconverted, and the generally uninformed. It would be really nice if she could just present the science without all of the metaphors and analogies.

That’s okay once in a while, and I understand the desir I am reading this book slowly. It’s not that the jokes are all bad; no, some of them are moderately clever, many of them made me at least smile. I read a few of the other caon, but not the whole thing, because that’s as much as I wanted to know; naalie that worked fine, which is another good thing about this book.

Aug 07, Jason Pettus rated it it was ok Shelves: In my opinion, she should have changed her writing style for this project. In fact, the subject areas Angier chooses to describe are somewhat intuitive and logically ordered for the most part.

Natalie Angier, The Canon

There is value in this book though, and that is the actual science. To ask other readers questions about The Canonplease sign up. This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat nwtalie Angier does this by bimboizing everything, referring to David Trump’s toupee as a force of nature and with a giddy, Tourettes-like prose at the end of one paragraph anecdote involving the Bronx: