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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 3, 2008 - Science - 304 pages
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In this exuberant book, the best-selling author Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials, delivering an entertaining and inspiring one-stop science education. Angier interviewed a host of scientists, posing the simple question “What do you wish everyone knew about your field?” The Canon provides their answers, taking readers on a joyride through the fascinating fundamentals of the incredible world around us and revealing how they are relevant to us every day. Angier proves a rabble-rousing, wisecracking, deeply committed tour guide in her irresistible exploration of the scientific process and the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, geology, and astronomy. Even science-phobes will find her passion infectious as she strives "to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable."
 

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Fascinating, well written, and educational too! - LibraryThing
This is bad science writing, I'm afraid. - LibraryThing
The remainder are puns for 9-year old girls. - LibraryThing
Two stars for the writing style and blather. - LibraryThing
The premise is promising, but sleep is certain. - LibraryThing

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A succinct tour of the foundational (key) concepts /theories in the sciences: Scientific Thinking /Method; Probability; Calibration / Scale; Physics; Chemistry; Evolutionary Biology; Molecular Biology ... Read full review

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The goals of The Canon are twofold. A. Describe what leaders in the scientific fields consider to be the basic concepts of their respective disciplines. B. Present the concepts such that the layman ... Read full review

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Contents

An OutofBody Experience
18
For Whom the Bell Curves
47
Playing with Scales
71
And Nothings Plenty for Me
87
Fire Ice Spies and Life
121
The Theory of Every Body
147
Cells and Whistles
183
Imagining World Pieces
212
Heavenly Creatures
235
References
267
Acknowledgments
280
Index
282
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About the author (2008)

NATALIE ANGIER is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science columnist for the New York Times. She is the author of The Canon, The Beauty of the Beastly, and Natural Obsessions. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

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