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

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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 one-stop science education. Angier interviewed a host of scientists, posing the simple question “What do you wish everyone knew about your field?” The Canon provides their answers, taking readers on a joyride through the fascinating fundamentals of the incredible world around us and revealing how they are relevant to us every day. Angier proves a rabble-rousing, wisecracking, deeply committed tour guide in her irresistible exploration of the scientific process and the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, geology, and astronomy. Even science-phobes will find her passion infectious as she strives "to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable."
 

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NATALIE ANGIER writes about biology for the New York Times, where she has won a Pulitzer Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award, and other honors. She is the author of The Beauty of the Beastly, Natural Obsessions, and Woman, named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People, National Public Radio, Village Voice, and Publishers Weekly, among others. A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Woman is "a text so necessary and abundant and true that all efforts of its kind, for decades before and after it, will be measured by it" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Angier lives with her husband and daughter outside of Washington, D.C. TIM FOLGER is a contributing editor at "Discover" and writes about science for several magazines.
 
Published April 3, 2008 by Mariner Books. 305 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Against the intelligent-designers’ argument of “irreducible complexity”—the idea that, for example, the intricate blood-clotting mechanism found in vertebrates is just too complex to have evolved through “clunky” natural selection—she places biologist Kenneth Miller’s analysis of the far cruder a...

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Though one can understand why journalists tend to report the latest word from the front — editors’ demand for news rather than pedagogy, and the desire to show that science is a fractious human activity rather than priestly revelation — this approach doesn’t always serve a widespread understandin...

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The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier 304pp, Faber, £17.99 There is hardly a scientist or science writer who hasn't lamented that while educated people would rather die than admit they hadn't read Shakespeare, they wear their failures in chemistry or maths as badges of pride.

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The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop After the chief editor of her own newsp...

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The Canon - The Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier Faber & Faber £17.99, pp293 The premise of The Canon, illustrated by the author's sister cancelling her children's science museum membership as they reach adolescence, is that there is an imbalance to be redressed.

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Yes Pages: 304 Date: January 2009 Publisher: Faber and Faber ISBN: 978-0571239726 In the introduction to The Canon Angier laments modern science illiteracy, and even more so, she regrets the way science lost the cool factor it might have had in the time of Apollos & Sputniks.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Science writer Natalie Angier stresses that science is not a collection of facts but a way of thinking about ourselves and our surroundings.

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New Scientist

ONE to watch: out in paperback in early January is science writer Natalie Angier's The Canon.

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TimesUnion.com

(His most recent book “Evolution for Everyone” received a mostly positive review on April 8 in The New York Times Book Review — written by Angier, a New York Times science reporter.) In her book, Angier trains her listeners to think differently, stressing that science isn’t a collection of facts...

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