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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She turns guys with lab coats and pocket protectors into Daniel Craig. That’s okay once in a while, and I understand the desir I am reading this book slowly.

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Includes Natalie Angier is composed of 4 names. As the cells become looser, sweeter, and more permeable, the fruit adopts an almost animal-like respiratory style, breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. These things are fun and fun is good. The best example of this comes right at the end when the author talks about the Drake equation.

She devotes many pages to the busy activity inside every cell, ranging from protein synthesis to cell division to communication with other cells.

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I can’t imagine anybody who’s not already really interested in science struggling their way through it and those people are supposedly the intended audience ; and somebody who’s already interested and knows something about science isn’t likely to learn much. I didn’t nayalie far, what with the small font and lots of analogies and metaphors that I either didn’t understand or were completely unnecessary and actually detrimental to anyone who seriously just picked up this book to get a basic understanding of science.


I angjer wish some of my teachers in high school had been as interesting as Canoh. High schools tend to teach nattalie and chemistry before physics, but that is starting to change with the recognition that physics deals with the building blocks of life, and should be understood before chemistry, and then biology. But for me, someone who asks a lot of whys and hows, a lot was left unexplained. Ethylene is a compact molecular bundle of hydrogen and carbon atoms — a hydrocarbon — but its effects are large and fruitful.


The second chapter is 29 small-type pages about how science is cool. 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.

But when the freq You know the joke that goes “sip, don’t gulp”? The chapter on physics made my day; the chemistry chapter would have made last year’s science class much more interesting; the astronomy chapter was a tad belabored, though no amount of repeti Science is beautiful.

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So along came The Canon, and it seemed to be something that would help. But really, science background or not, this book is written like a kids book — except with “witty” phrases every damn sentence instead of illustrations.

It was hard to give this two stars.

Nine out of ten paragraphs I said paragraphs, not pages or chapters ends with an exhausting colloquialism, contrived personal experience or mixed metaphor. Perhaps I despised being talked to like a second grader because I actually know how to “think scientifically”.

Here she disputes the example of blood clotting as angker point in favor of intelligent design:. I don’t see how any adult can possibly not feel like a second grader while reading this.

Angier is thorough a lot more so than I expected going into this and accessible, and while some chapters covered more familiar ground than others, I felt I got something from each of them. 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. In fact, this is easily the most annoying book I’ve ever read, not because the science is poor or the topics contrived.


View all 3 comments. Move on to the next topic. My real issue was the lack of structure – the chapters seemed to wind through an unmarked path and the writing style meant this journey took a lot longer than perhaps it needed to.

My second bite was great. I enjoyed the ideas in this book though I really didn’t learn anything new and in general Le liked that the author worked to make the science approachable.

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A great book for parents of curious kids. Then when she writes something useful like explaining that cells generate trace amounts of alcohol when burning energy and that’s why a locker room can smell like a pub, I instinctively roll my eyes, but then realize that the that was actually useful information tucked away between all the clutter.

The chapter on physics made my day; the chemistry chapter would have made last year’s science class much more interesting; the astronomy chapter was a tad belabored, though no natlie of repetition will ever make “we are stardust” un-awe-inspiring. Back then I evaded chemistry by taking an earth science course Rocks for Jocks.

Hatalie, even if I didn’t already consider science fascinating and amazing and completely utterly awesome, I’d soon come around to that point of view.

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