The Beauty of the Beastly by Natalie Angier
New Views on the Nature of Life

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Natalie Angier knows all that scientists know - and sometimes more - about the power of symmetry in sexual relations, about the brutal courting habits of dolphins, about the grand deceit of orchids, about the impact of female and male preferences on evolution. She knows how scientists go about their work, and she describes their ways, their visions, and their arguments. Perhaps most poignantly, she understands the complexities and the sad necessity of death. "The beauty of the natural world lies in the details, and most of those details are not the stuff of calendar art," she points out. Few writers have ever covered so many facets of biology so evocatively in one book. The Beauty of the Beastly tells us how the genius of the biological universe resides in its details and proves why, according to Timothy Ferris, author of the acclaimed Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Angier is "one of the strongest and wittiest science writers in the world today."
 

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Natalie Angier is a bestselling author and a Pulitzer Pr Natalie Angier is a bestselling author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning science columnist for the "New York Times". She ize-winning science columnist for the "New York Times". She is the author of four books: "Natural Obsessions"; "The Beauis the author of four books: "Natural Obsessions"; "The Beauty of the Beastly"; "Woman: An Intimate Geography"; and, mosty of the Beastly"; "Woman: An Intimate Geography"; and, most recently, "The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Bat recently, "The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science". She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with hsics of Science". She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with her husband, Rick Weiss, a science reporter for the "Washingter husband, Rick Weiss, a science reporter for the "Washington Post", and her daughter. on Post", and her daughter.
 
Published April 4, 1996 by Mariner Books. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Given a chance to hold a baby aye-aye (a small primate) acknowledged to have a bite that can ``pop the top off a coconut,'' she ``enthusiastically shoved the creature into [the primatologist's] hands as though it were a baby with diapers to be changed.'' There are plenty of facts (``the amount of...

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