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

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

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by Natalie Angier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0618242953

ISBN-13: 9780618242955

Pub. Date: 05/08/2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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…  See more details below

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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."

About the Author:
Natalie Angier is the author of the National Book Award finalist Woman: An Intimate Geography, The Beauty of the Beastly, and Natural Obsessions

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618242955
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sisyphus Sings with a Ying 1

1. Thinking Scientifically: An Out-of-Body Experience 18 2. Probabilities: For Whom the Bell Curves 47 3. Calibration: Playing with Scales 71 4. Physics: And Nothing’s Plenty for Me 87 5. Chemistry: Fire, Ice, Spies, and Life 121 6. Evolutionary Biology: The Theory of Every Body 147 7. Molecular Biology: Cells and Whistles 183 8. Geology: Imagining World Pieces 212 9. Astronomy: Heavenly Creatures 235

References 267 Acknowledgments 280 Index 282

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The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great relief to read a book that educates, amuses and makes you keep on reading. I highly recommend Angier's canon. You'll love it.