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User Review  - ehousewright - LibraryThing

Even if you are educated a in a science, typically you will know one branch of one field in depth and only be familiar with the rest. This book, written for the interested general public, will give ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Hilarious, wondrous and delightful tour of the sciences. I'm of the considered opinion that this book should replace every single basic intro to science text at the high school & even college level ... Read full review

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User Review  - stuart10er - LibraryThing

A series of essays outlining what each lay person should know about Math, Physics, Biology, Geology, and Astronomy. Many are very basic, for me anyway, except the Biology one, which I guess I still don't understand very well. I enjoyed it. Read full review

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From the first page of the introduction, it is clear to this reader that this book will be an invaluable tool for parents of curious children or the lapsed "science enthusiast" in all of us.
Ms
Angier makes her case for revelling in the delights of science fact in an imaginative, playful manner sure to delight those that- secretly- love the way words sound out loud or look on the written page.
An excellent book, and an essential volume to own to lend to one's "Science-o-phobic" friends.
Just don't expect them to give it back any time soon; it's a deceptivly addictive book.
 

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Great overall book on everything science. I hadn't studied the different sciences since high school but it brought it back to me in a relevant manner. It basically talks about science in every day terms.

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It was definitely worth reading. She goes through the basics of all the areas of science (except for CS) and while the information is fairly basic, I still found most of it very interesting and was stuff that I hadn't necessarily known before. Even though I read science news and writing like it's my job.
I keep changing my mind on whether I like her writing in a book format. Her elegance and use of English is incredible, often surprising and even funny. However, occasionally it gets a little over done and becomes annoying. The word _proptosically_ for instance. I'm still pretty sure it's barely a word. When I googled it the only real result I found was for this guy: http://www.giantflightlessbirds.com/index.html, who echos all of my major thoughts in the book in his review of it; including how ridiculous the use of the proptosically is. He also happens to be creepily similar to me in other ways. Information visualization, moas, New Zealand (close enough to oz for this comparison) and ukuleles. Yeah, creepy.
But enough of that random guy... overall it was an interesting read. I will probably continue to follow Angier's NY times publishings really closely, but won't necessarily jump out to read her other books.
 

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

User Review  - Juneau Public Library - Goodreads

This book should really be subtitled “All of those things that I should have learned in high school but didn't, which (in retrospect) is all my fault and not my teachers'.” This book lays out the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ninakix - Goodreads

I'd recommend that every high schooler sits down and reads this book sometime during their high school career. Yes, it does cover many of the things we were supposed to learn in our high school ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

I've always wished that I'd studied chemistry in high school, because I didn't know even the most basic concepts from the field. Thanks to the author's entertaining explanations, I now feel like I ... Read full review

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