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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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It makes me think of when I was a little kid. This got to the point that I started to feel dumb, not because I e understand the science, but because I couldn’t parse her goddamn sentences. And ten out of ten of those literary devices is gunked up with painfully clunky alliteration, some of which doesn’t even make sense. 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.

Too, too much syrupy sweetness.

Natalie Angier is composed of 4 names. Hopefully this addressed the flagger’s concern, while staying true to my original evaluation. In all, a good way to bring the caanon fearful into a basic understanding that could be nurtured into interest or even love. My gut tells me the author thinks this syntactical tactic is either intellectually illustrative or seductively scholarly, like James Bond giving a Powerpoint presentation, but with slightly less ass slapping. Her tools are a talent for clear and concise description, along with a reliance on effective metaphor.

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One passage that stood out was one in which she explains just what it means to be a scientific theory. She did a nice job in this section, as with the other sections. A column needs to be pithy, attention grabbing, and droll.

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.


As someone with a background in science, and a career writing about it, she found that most people in America had the attitude that science was boring, was irrelevant to their lives, or was something they really did not need to know.

But the next part of the sentence offered me a long list of characteristics including the word mesmeric. When you focus your education on one area of science, others get missed — I’ve never taken courses in these fields and, sadly, I tuned out my dad’s hiking lectures on geology. So the chemistry and molecular biology chapters really stood out.

But what we laymen and laywomen consider complex pales in comparison to the vast body of knowledge that we call science. Really terrific narrative that puts much of the science world in a pragmatic easy read. 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.

However, probably not a book for someone who has seen their way through less flowery, more information dense tomes.

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Dec 03, Ryan rated it it was ok. Natalie AngierNatalie AngierNatalie; et al. Gana dinero con natlie. She uses similes and “cleverly” written conversational comments and she doesn’t stop, there are on xanon single page. I’m just glad I already love science, or I’d never want anything to do with it again. I don’t see how any adult can possibly not feel like a second grader while reading this. The chapter on angie is an impassioned plea for reason that holds an extra anthropological significance for the British reader.

Want to Read saving…. Too often it seemed like the book was less about science than about showcasing Angier’s insufferable cleverness. Two things made The Canon a tough read for me. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different angiet from the typical introductory science book or cla I was really kind of disappointed with this book.

This site uses cookies. In particular, my physics teacher in high school was a waste of meat. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different approach from the typical introductory science book or class.


The problem I had was that at times the author seemed to be more focused on finding cute ways to say things than on the angiwr themselves. From over here, that is pretty startling. I enjoyed the ideas in this book though I really didn’t learn anything new and in general I liked that the author worked to make the science approachable.

I didn’t think so back in high school but I like to think I’ve matured since then. But for me, someone who asks a lot of whys and hows, a lot was left unexplained. University of Michigan Barnard College. I assumed we would dash through the basic concepts of science, and through the race it would be a fun read for a topic I long to get my hands into again.

Can’t you just say an asteroid and move on? In a book that is striving to be conversational, she chooses rather obscure and heady words to toss around.

The attempt to personalize “science and scientists” by cutesipie finishes to many major statements gets a little distracting after awhile. 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. Give me sober, give me reflective, give me genuinely funny — hell, give me unedited transcripts; but enough already with the quirky narrative magazine feature style of presenting interviews.

Basically, I just thought aangier was a big disappointment: Just a few more, I have to share. The Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist and author of Woman draws on interviews with hundreds of the world’s top scientists to offer an entertaining guide to scientific literacy, exploring the fundamental principles of the major scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy and their link to the world around us.

Needed to get that off my chest. I have always been an “arts and letters” person, and faked my way through high school chemistry angirr lots of help and free answers from a friend.