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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Canonn was hard to give this two stars. Science cannot be accessed in this way. The moderate drizzle of moralisms doesn’t focus on that chapter alone.

Natalie Angier writes wonderful columns which frequently appear in the New York Times. Please stop teaching generation after generation of young impressionable students to write this way, and certainly please stop handing them Pulitzer f-cking Prizes when they do.

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Scattered amidst the whirling prose were solid facts, truly witty quotes from scientists, and interesting ideas. But really, science background or anhier, this book is written like a kids book — except with “witty” phrases every damn sentence instead of illustrations. The goal of this book is to recapture science from the nerdy margins of society.

The chapters were so littered with random metaphors and references that I found them to be distracting rather than further anyier of her point.

That’s okay once in a while, and I understand the desir I am reading this book slowly. Preview — The Canon by Natalie Angier. These things are fun, and fun is good. And besides canob 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.


Move on to the next topic. The below list links the science professionals who Angier interviewed for The Canon with additional details relating to their work:. Return to Book Page. The Canon is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time — from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. As someone familiar with science, it wasn’t an issue, I could provide my own signposts, but I think it would be a major barrier to someone hoping to learn.

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

Angier gets a C for effort – many interesting topics are considered and there were a number of thought-provoking passages. Seems a shame because now I find that stuff very interesting.

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.

That was this book. Overall though, I encourage and applaud her work as science basics need to be written about and read, and I’m sure some people love her writing style. She did a nice j I really enjoyed this book. The Canon presents a summary of some of the different areas of science, as well as extensive descriptions of, and interviews with, contemporary scientists who work in these fields.

She asked them questions such as, “What does it mean to think scientifically? I wasn’t able to finish a single full chapter. Evidence counts, not opinions.


I don’t think you understand how systemic it is though. May 28, Dale rated it cano liked it Shelves: Seussical nonsensicall-ness that extended to making up words, a ludicrous love of alliteration just like that last two clauses, in fact, but found in virtually every paragraphand pop culture allusions so obscure that I spent more time on the semiotics than the science.


Presented in an easily understood format by Natalie Angier who calls herself, not a scientist, but a science writer.

That’s okay once in a while, and I understand the desire to liven up what could be written in a very dull way, but it’s a constant stream and you just want to put your hands on her shoulders, look her in the eye, and with a gentle tone tell her to stop trying so hard and if that doesn’t work, scream “knock it off!!!

Basically, just don’t read it. What sort of texts every scientist must have read?

She likes cute, sometimes clever, metaphors, like, e. While her style can become a bit draining after a while, it is easy to see how much she loves science. Overall, a lackluster book that did not meet its own expectations. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Can’t you just say an asteroid and move on? It has some great ideas and I love the premise of laying out in simple, brief terms the basic tenets of science, but the writing style drives me crazy, and not in a good way. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: There is value in this book though, and that is the actual science.

In her Introduction, Angier writes:. Even in the driest sections, the conversational tone was intact and my interest was held. Trivia About The Canon: Pages to import images to Wikidata. Angier has some fun turning a good phrase here and there.