The Canon A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science Book ë 293 pages Download ☆ Natalie angier

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The Canon A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science Book ë 293 pages Download ☆ Natalie angier ↠ From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best selling author of Woman a playful passionate guide to the science all around us With the singular intelligence andLient celebration of science that stands to become a classic The Canon is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming And it's for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is Angier's sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works Of course you should know about science writes Angier for the same reas Science is cool I didn't think so back in high school but I like to think I've matured since then Back then I evaded chemistry by taking an earth science course Rocks for Jocks Seems a shame because now I find that stuff very interesting What Ms Angier so ably and entertainingly covers in this slim under 300 pages volume is the scientific method probabilities physics chemistry biology geology and astronomy You don't have to be a PhD to understand it either I only wish some of my teachers in high school had been as interesting as Ms Angier In particular my physics teacher in high school was a waste of meat I've read about several of these subjects before in some other entertaining books Two that come to mind are Innumeracy by John Paulos and A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson I'd recommend all of these books as they complement each other and if you're interested in learning cool stuff and filling in a few gaps in your knowledge these three books are excellent and a good place to start And Ms Angier has some fun turning a good phrase here and there One passage that stood out was one in which she explains just what it means to be a scientific theory It should be taught in school The rigorous work and facts behind an established theory like say evolution makes a statement like Of course it's just a theory sound especially obtuse

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On Dr Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack These things are fun and fun is good The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines physics chemistry biology geology and astronomy Along the way we learn what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel why the horse is an example of evolution at work and how we're all really made of stardust It's Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas a book that will enrapture inspire and enlighten Perhaps I hated this book because I have a science background Perhaps I despised being talked to like a second grader because I actually know how to think scientifically And perhaps I loathed every second of my multiple tries at reading this because I'm no funBut really science background or not this book is written like a kids book except with witty phrases every damn sentence instead of illustrations I might not have had as much of a problem with it had I felt like she intended to dumb down everything but she explicitly said she feels that the problem with science being uninteresting is that people gloss over many topics to make them palatable While not glossing over them she certainly didn't give any depth I don't see how any adult can possibly not feel like a second grader while reading this Science is interesting only if you have an interest in it creating an interest is a worthy goal and my kudos to her for trying I'm just glad I already love science or I'd never want anything to do with it again

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The Canon A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of ScienceFrom the Pulitzer Prize winner and best selling author of Woman a playful passionate guide to the science all around us With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig tour of the scientific canon She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy Angier's gifts are on full display in The Canon an ebul Annoying is the fairest word I could come up with to describe The Canon after suffering through it for these past weeks In fact this is easily the most annoying book I've ever read not because the science is poor or the topics contrived In fact the subject areas Angier chooses to describe are somewhat intuitive and logically ordered for the most part She just has this writing style that well it just makes me want to scream Peppers isn't even the appropriate word She sort of vomits alliterative phrases into every possible nook and cranny of her work Nine out of ten paragraphs I said paragraphs not pages or chapters ends with an exhausting collouialism contrived personal experience or mixed metaphor And ten out of ten of those literary devices is gunked up with painfully clunky alliteration some of which doesn't even make senseI don't think you understand how systemic it is though Therefore I'm going to patronizingly write the rest of this review in Angier's style to drive the point home Here goesMy gut tells me the author thinks this syntactical tactic is either intellectually illustrative or seductively scholarly like James Bond giving a Powerpoint presentation but with slightly less ass slapping It would be valuable if these stylistic stutters were better thought out or perhaps just better spread out across this accursed anthology But they're not They're uncomfortably packed together like the reliably rude commuters crammed onto the N train during my mundane morning migration to workThere is value in this book though and that is the actual science Unfortunately it stands stoic and silent drowned out by the ostensibly clever but officious and indefensible affectations we readers are brought to bear To recapitulate my reticence and perhaps to highlight this haphazard heads up It's like a mighty mastodon masticated a healthy handful of diamonds and then defecated onto my lawn Sure there are some gems in there but I'd rather stay poor than fervently forage such fecesDon't read it