The Beauty of the Beastly

The Beauty of the Beastly

by Natalie Angier
     
 

Natalie Angier knows all that scientists know - and sometimes more - about the power of symmetry in sexual relations, about the brutal courting habits of dolphins, about the grand deceit of orchids, about the impact of female and male preferences on evolution. She knows how scientists go about their work, and she describes their ways, their visions, and their

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Natalie Angier knows all that scientists know - and sometimes more - about the power of symmetry in sexual relations, about the brutal courting habits of dolphins, about the grand deceit of orchids, about the impact of female and male preferences on evolution. She knows how scientists go about their work, and she describes their ways, their visions, and their arguments. Perhaps most poignantly, she understands the complexities and the sad necessity of death. "The beauty of the natural world lies in the details, and most of those details are not the stuff of calendar art," she points out. Few writers have ever covered so many facets of biology so evocatively in one book. The Beauty of the Beastly tells us how the genius of the biological universe resides in its details and proves why, according to Timothy Ferris, author of the acclaimed Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Angier is "one of the strongest and wittiest science writers in the world today."

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"More than ever, we need good interpreters (of science), and Natalie Angier is one who is constitutionally incapable of writing a boring sentence." The New York Times

"Intimate and dramatic portraits of nature." Publishers Weekly, Starred

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Angier (Natural Obsessions: The Search for the Oncogene), the Pulitzer Prize-winning science reporter for the New York Times, confesses that she enjoys writing ``about organisms that many people find repugnant: spiders, scorpions, parasites, worms, rattlesnakes, dung beetles, hyenas.'' In these elegant essays (most of which have appeared in the Times), Angier discusses sexual and parental behavior, medical and health issues from an evolutionary and cross-species perspective. Not afraid to anthropomorphize, she even sees molecules as characters in little plays; the decadence of orchids, she says, would make Oscar Wilde wilt. Other topics introduce the latest discoveries in molecular biology and the work of female scientists. From cockroaches to cheetahs, DNA to elephant dung, Angier gives us intimate and dramatic portraits of nature that readers will find rewarding. Author tour. (June)
"Intimate and dramatic portraits of nature."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395791479
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/04/1996
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

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From the Publisher
"More than ever, we need good interpreters (of science), and Natalie Angier is one who is constitutionally incapable of writing a boring sentence." The New York Times

"Intimate and dramatic portraits of nature." Publishers Weekly, Starred

Meet the Author


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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