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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Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who concentrates on explaining science to the masses — us. The problem became there were so many bugs littering the surface, it was impossible to find the gems underneath.
It might just be me who feels bitchy after reading a few pages.
Books like this maintain perspective and help keep us from wandering into self-delusion. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. My first bite was amgier I remembered and dreamed it could be. Angier has some fun turning a good phrase here and there. Nov 11, EAL rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes her metaphors are strange and obtuse themselves, which can impede understanding, thereby defeating the attempt, but on the whole, most moderately read individuals will find them helpful, and often times humorous.
And that’s why, like I always do in these cases, I’m recusing myself from giving the book a formal point score, because I simply didn’t hatalie enough of it to give it a fair rating. But it just meanders from point to point, with no particu I was really looking forward to reading this book, which purports to be a layperson’s introduction to all things beautiful in science. Her writing is a bit facile, but it’s still a great read. Enzymes in the skin help whisk away the green chlorophyll and generate in its stead bright, beguiling pigments of red and yellow, which can be seen from a distance and which are to a fruit-eating bird or mammal the visual equivalent of a dinner bell.
Jan 19, Kaitlyn Dennis rated it liked it Shelves: She just has this writing style that, well Nov 23, Heather Browning rated it liked it Shelves: The problem I had was that at times the author seemed to be I am torn Aug 20, Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves: Really terrific narrative that puts much of the science world in a pragmatic easy read.
Aug 07, Jason Pettus rated it it was ok Shelves: Two things made The Canon a tough read for me. It would be really nice if she could just present the science without all of angeir metaphors and analogies.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. May 31, Kate rated it did not like it. It’s alluring, exciting even, to be shown ‘the fairy tales of sciences that happen to be true’.
It’s this annoying beating around the bush that really put me off reading this. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!
It’s not that the jokes are all bad; no, some of them are moderately clever, many of them made me at least smile. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I didn’t like the tone of the book and the sort of passive-aggresive half-not funny way that Angier writes. And ten out of ten of those literary devices is gunked up with painfully clunky alliteration, some of which doesn’t even make sense.
Today, clotting is like professional baseball. Angier so ably and entertainingly covers in this slim — under pages — volume is the scientific method, probabilities, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy.
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Jokes are built into almost every paragraph and their structure, usually a series of serious scenarios followed by a comical one, is tiresome.
In short, if you actually know anything about science, don’t read this book. I enjoyed the ideas in this book though I really didn’t learn anything new and in general I liked that the author worked to make the science approachable.
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. Not to mention that, while it’s obvious Angier is enthusiastic for her subject, she can get immeasurably preachy, letting that superior attitude get away with her. Natalie Angier A conversation with Natalie Angier, science journalist for timspalding. I assumed we would dash through the basic concepts of science, and through the race it would be a fun read for a topic I long to get my hands into again.
Angier is thorough a lot more so than I expected going into this and accessible, and while some chapters covered more familiar ground than others, I felt I got something from each of them. Too, too much syrupy sweetness. Science cannot be accessed in this way.
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Still, The Canon makes a valiant attempt. I freely confess that I glossed the chapter about evolution, not because, as a religious anything, I have an objection to the theory of evolution, Darwinism, or anything else, but simply because from page one I was perceiving a rather staggering pile of didactic reading to wade through.
I’m just glad I already love science, or I’d never want anything to do with it again. Angier gets a C for effort – many interesting topics are considered and there were a number of thought-provoking passages.
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Trivia About The Canon: Natalie Angier has 1 media appearance. The author breaks the book into nine chapters which deal with the basic areas of science — Physics, Chemistry, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Geology and Angiee — along with three chapters needed to help understand the other six — on thinking scientifically, on probabilities and statistics, and on calibration and measuring.