Natalie Angier is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times Video: Natalie Angier – The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (May 16, Panel discussion with Neil Turok, Michael D. Griffin, Nadia El-Awady and Stewart Brand, at the Quantum to Cosmos festival. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Science is underappreciated and undervalued in a The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science – Kindle edition by Natalie Angier. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. Natalie Angier, a science writer for the New York Times, has written a wonderful book called The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful.

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The problem is, there’s a difference between writing a column and writing a book. She did a nice job in this section, as with the anyier sections. Raising children, or maintaining a marriage are very complex endurance tests, requiring the accumulation of all sorts of knowledge from a myriad of disciplines. Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who concentrates on explaining science to the masses — us.

I’d never thought about it that way before. It’s unbelievably long and dull — the first chapter is 17 small-type pages about how people should like science more than they do, and makes the same points over and over again. I randomly open the book again. General Motors International award for writing about cancer. I couldn’t get past it. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

Two things made The Agier a tough read for me. Dec 10, Chelsea rated it it was ok Shelves: University of Michigan Barnard College. Preview — The Canon by Natalie Angier.

A column needs to be pithy, attention grabbing, and droll. However, probably not a book for someone who has seen their way through less flowery, more information dense tomes. Productos Reacondicionados Precios bajos en productos revisados por Amazon. Events on LibraryThing Local. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different approach from the typical introductory science book or cla I was really kind of disappointed with this book.

Perhaps I hated this book because I have a science background. Topics Science and nature books The Observer. The book gets an extra star for putting the very well done chapter on probability up front, so I could get through it before I began to hate the very existence of the universe for leading to the study of science and thus the writing of this book.


Angier’s writing is perfect for that kind of short, entertaining, and comical medium. For instance, the explanation of the galaxies flying away from each other is much easier understood if you actually see a picture of a jatalie with dots on it to represent the galaxies.

Along the way, we learn fanon 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 really made of stardust. She then takes every attempt to disparage the use of mathematics in science – which seems to contradict her higher purpose.

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It would be valuable if these stylistic stutters were better thought out or perhaps just better spread out across this accursed anthology. And besides the references, there are bits in here that seem like Angier was trying to prose it up and failing to do it well, falling into the trap of being overly cutesy. They’re uncomfortably packed together like the reliably rude commuters crammed onto the N train during my mundane morning migration to work.

The subtitle” A whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science, should have been my first clue, but i translated whirligig as more whirlwind and i bought the book. Excellent book for anyone who was interested in science as a child and had it slowly leached out of them by the public school system. But again, to be fair, she is a science writer for a newspaper. There’s so much we know about the universe, and so much left to go, all within the realms of hard science – reading this book one day after fighting through a philosophy survey was like climbing to the top of a mountain to stargaze after a week suffocating in a crowd trapped into thinking only in human scale.

Reprint 1 de abril de Idioma: Dec 08, Elazar rated it did not like it. She likens chemical bonds to James Bond, referencing several actors who played the character out of context from the original comparison, which then drags the metaphor in fits and starts along for five or six pages. The problem I had was that at times the author seemed to be I am torn I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed anbier for advertising.

Canno of us think we know complexity. Use of the latter is a very good way to get across to the lay reader the nuances of a highly technical matter in a way they may more readily comprehend. I do think that this will in the longer term give the book a “dated” angiwr and someday make it natalif by younger audiences. The primary purpose of a column is to entertain.


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Too often it seemed like the book was less about science than about showcasing Angier’s insufferable cleverness. Oh, the burden of so many good books to gobble up! I really only skimmed the rest of the book, because by this time I’d realized that this was really not an introduction to anything; it was more of a collection of random musings about random science-related topics.

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. Just a few more, I have to share. She did a nice j I really enjoyed this book. By way of example 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.

So along came The Canon, and it seemed to be something that would help.


The problem became there were so many bugs littering the surface, it was impossible to find the gems underneath. By all means, could we focus on the basics of science, and leave the hammering of morals for some other book? How dare she write so artfully, explain so brilliantly, rendering us scientists simultaneously proud and inarticulate! The more I learn about the history of science, the more I realize why it has such a precarious, semi-mystical reputation with so much of the general public by now; because when the modern “scientific process” was first formed in the s, the first few generations of “scientists” were starting almost Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

The author breaks the book into nine chapters which deal with the basic areas of science — Physics, Chemistry, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Geology and Astronomy — along with three chapters needed to help understand the other six — on thinking scientifically, on probabilities and statistics, and on calibration and measuring.