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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I can’t say that more strongly.
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
Sounds dry but she keeps it moving along and funny. Previous Views from Medina Road.
And perhaps I natalei every second of my multiple tries at reading this because I’m no fun. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: Unlike the other reviewers, I didn’t mind the author’s self-aware, flippant style of writing other than several sneery references to creationists.
The result is, as it says, a whirlwind summary of the basic points of the major scientific disciplines. There are further successes elsewhere. Starting with the idea that ‘the best way to teach science to non-scientists is to go for depth over breadth’, Angier’s research takes her to numerous leaders in their field to find out what they wish people better understood.
Look at the stars, look at the Grand Canyon.
In fact, the subject areas Angier chooses to describe are somewhat intuitive and logically ordered for the most part. I loved cotton candy, and only got it once a year at the county fair.
Angier’s gifts are on full display in The Canon, an ebullient naatlie of science that stands to become a classic. Whatever science is in there, it’s not worth scrounging through this book to find it.
Jun 20, Gary rated it liked it.
It’s fun for a little while, but danon whole book of it is just exhausting. One passage that stood out was one in which she explains just what it means to be a scientific theory.
A column needs to be pithy, attention grabbing, and droll. Nov 22, John Kaufmann rated it it was agnier Shelves: The prose is also littered with popular cultural references to try and draw parallels between the cool things everyone knows and the cool things Natalie Angier wants us to naralie about science. 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.
You must be logged in to post a comment. I do think that this will in the longer term give the book a “dated” feel and someday make it unreadable by younger audiences.
caanon Clears up a lot of bunk, and would be useful as a refresher to get a handle on each subject. Angier preach to the as yet natalke, and the generally uninformed.
For example, it took me a few minutes to puzzle out the connection between the Earth’s core, soccer, and the name Wilson, until I finally realized she was referring to Castaway –some of the difficulty coming from the fact that Wilson was a volleyball, not a soccer ball–and by the time this all clicked together I had forgotten that the whole point of the weird connection was supposed to help explain atomic nuclei.
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Seems a shame because now I find that stuff very interesting. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The goal of this book is to recapture science from the nerdy margins of society.
If a literal interpretation of the Genesis account is necessary to your faith in God, then please accept the 6-day creation account on faith alone, knowing that all evidence in God’s creation itself supports evolution. Science, I repeat, is beautiful. If they had been, it would have made the book so much better. Truly, I liked what I could understand about chemistry, but never really “got” it, and didn’t even have the clarity of mind to know what questions to ask.
Apr 06, Joe rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Not only is this annoying, it is self-defeating.
So along came The Canon, and it seemed to be something that would help. Once again, I would like to take my fellow Christians aside and explain to them that all fields of science even those that didn’t yet exist in Darwin’s day, such as genetics and mol.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. At first I found the chattiness to be slightly off-putting, but when I got to the chapters on material that I didn’t know much about molecular biology and chemistrythe light-hearted distractions were actually helpful in keeping me focused on the main points. These things are fun and fun is good.
I couldn’t get past it. My compulsion with finishing a text once I’ve started it us the only reason I made it to the final page of The Canon.