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Natalie Angier is an American nonfiction writer and a science journalist for The New York Times Video: Natalie Angier – The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (May 16, Panel discussion with Neil Turok, Michael D. Griffin, Nadia El-Awady and Stewart Brand, at the Quantum to Cosmos festival. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Science is underappreciated and undervalued in a The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science – Kindle edition by Natalie Angier. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. Natalie Angier, a science writer for the New York Times, has written a wonderful book called The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful.

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Truly, I liked what I could understand about chemistry, but never really “got” it, and didn’t even have the clarity of mind to know what questions to ask. Dec 10, Chelsea rated it it was ok Shelves: Well kudos for writing creativity, but by the end of the book I was throwing it out with the last of my cotton candy.

Here she disputes the example of blood clotting as a point in favor of intelligent design:. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. As someone with a background in science, and a career writing about it, she found that most people in America had the attitude that science was boring, was irrelevant to their lives, ccanon was something they really did not need to know.

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Basically, I just thought this was a big angierr It held my interest which otherwise would have flagged. Open Preview See a Problem?

Her job, the one she strives to attain perfection in, is to translate, in a sense, the arcane and dense language of science, as written by actual scientists, into the language of the common man. Scattered amidst the whirling prose were solid facts, truly witty quotes from scientists, and interesting ideas. Let’s see what’s there Lists with This Book. Angier so ably and entertainingly covers angiet this slim — under pages — volume is the scientific method, probabilities, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy.


She is very knowledgeable and I can trust she has done her homework and is writing accurately about her subject. The problem became there were so many bugs littering the surface, it was impossible to find the gems underneath. She couldn’t seem to decide whether she wanted to be playfully incomprehensible in a Finnegan’s Wakean way, or drolly incisive in a kind of Popish verse. I really enjoyed this book. anfier

Not only is this annoying, it is self-defeating. She mixes jokes, puns and one-liners in with her science facts at a le of about one to one. My compulsion with finishing a text once I’ve started it us the only reason I made it to the final page of The Canon.

I was eagerly awaiting the exploration of the scientific canon in its literary sense; what great works form the foundations of a modern scientific education? Oct 08, Jessica rated it did not like it Shelves: I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. Jun 17, Matthew rated it did not like it Shelves: I wasn’t able to finish a cnaon full chapter.

The Bitch in the House: Hopefully this addressed the flagger’s concern, while staying true to my original evaluation. It’s not that it was poorly researched or badly written.

Book Review: The Canon by Natalie Angier | SPANISH INQUISITOR

In my opinion, she should have changed her writing style for this danon. Natalie Angier writes wonderful columns which frequently appear in the New York Times.


Sometimes the best explainers of a topic are outsiders or laymen, rather than practitioners in the field. But again, to be fair, she is a science writer for a cajon.

I feel richer already. Return to Book Page. Raising children, or maintaining a marriage are very complex endurance tests, requiring the accumulation of all sorts of knowledge from a myriad of disciplines. Not to mention that, while it’s obvious Angier le enthusiastic for her subject, she can get immeasurably preachy, letting that superior attitude get away with her.

They’re uncomfortably packed together like the reliably rude commuters crammed onto the N train during my mundane morning migration to work. Unfortunately, it stands stoic and silent, drowned out by the ostensibly clever but officious and indefensible affectations we readers are brought to bear. Includes Natalie Angier is composed of 4 names.

University of Michigan Barnard College. But then, enticing though the premise was, it was flawed. Refresh and try again. I found that the less I knew about a subject the more Anvier enjoyed the material. There’s 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.

Too often it seemed like the book was less about science than about showcasing Angier’s insufferable cleverness.