The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science

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Faber & Faber, Jan 22, 2009 - Education - 304 pages
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'Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm . . . An intoxicating cocktail of fine science writing.' Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion

An inspiring and imaginative tour through the basics of science, from astronomy to biology and beyond. New York Times science writer Natalie Angier argues that this neglected canon should be essential knowledge - like Shakespeare, Beethoven or Picasso - for any cultured person, and The Canon makes these scientific fundamentals both exciting and easy to understand.

'Delightful and witty ... Angier proves that our lives are enriched when we start understanding what science is all about.' Michael Taube, Financial Times

'The kind of science book you wish someone had placed in front of you at school.' Tim Adams, Observer

'Think you don't need this elegant primer on the basics of science? Go on, then - explain what electricity is, or DNA . . . See, told you so.' Tatler

'The best introduction to essential science I've read for many a year' John Cornwell, Sunday Times

'Angier conveys the real substance of field after field, without distortion or dumbing down . . . I hope it is widely read.' Steven Pinker, New York Times

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About the author (2009)

Natalie Angier writes about biology for the New York Times, for which she has won a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of The Beauty of the Beastly, Natural Obsessions and Woman: An Intimate Geography, which was a New York Times bestseller. Angier lives with her husband and daughter outside Washington D.C.

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