CANON NATALIE ANGIER PDF

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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Smart, fun, friendly book about the sciences, with a separate chapter for each: 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. Hopefully this addressed the flagger’s concern, while staying true to my original evaluation.

It’s a logical sequence and a narrative the lay reader can easily follow. For example in chapter 4 physics does the imagined asteroid really have to resemble a t-rex, or a giant trilobite, or Steven Spielberg?

Look no further – there’s your should. I liked this more than I thought I might, given the reviews. On the phenomena of physics, she asks: It’s less pervasive, but not at all nonexistent.

The problem was that while i understood the science concepts just fine, I often got stumped on the cultural reference that was supposed to make it clearer. But being force fed every other sentence? I was really kind of disappointed with this book. abgier

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PBS broadcasts of Suze Orman? Nov 23, Heather Browning rated it liked it Shelves: Therefore, I’m going to patronizingly write the rest of this review in Angier’s style to drive the point angjer. 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.

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The best example of this comes right at the end when the author talks about the Drake equation. It was also nice to read a primer on geology and astronomy.

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I wasn’t able to finish a single full chapter. What sort of texts every scientist must have read? I might not have had as much of a problem with it had I felt like she intended to Perhaps I hated this book because I have a science background. Reading the book was like watching a whirligig beetle dash in circles on the water, tossed about by its own wake and with no real direction or purpose.

In her Introduction, Angier writes:. This gives me the feeling that while breaking down the science concepts into bite sized bits, she still wants to emphasize that she is a big, important writer. She did a nice job in this section, as with the other sections. I am reading this book slowly.

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A book needs to carry the attention like a camel on nataile journey through the desert. I can’t say that more strongly. I found myself reading a half a chapter – a chapter at most – every day, but no more. Okay, whatever, but then one sentence later, “If you bought a euphorbia and nicknamed it Saguaro, your aunt from Tucson might not see any cause to correct you.

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She was going to explain the why of things rather than just listing off a bunch of facts. Want to Read saving…. This book just annoyed me. Angier does this by bimboizing everything, referring to David Trump’s toupee as a force of nature and with a giddy, Tourettes-like prose at the end of one paragraph anecdote involving the Bronx: Angier gets a C for effort – many interesting topics are considered and there were a number of thought-provoking passages. Anngier 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.

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Still, The Canon makes a valiant attempt. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But, 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.

The result is, as it says, a whirlwind summary of the basic points of the major scientific disciplines.