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


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.


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.


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.