In this exuberant book, the best-selling author Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials, delivering an entertaining and inspiring. Though Angier is a regular contributor to the Science Times section of this “The Canon” presents the fundamentals of science: numbers and. ONE to watch: out in paperback in early January is science writer Natalie Angier’s The Canon. It is an ambitious sweep through the basics of.

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Dec 03, Ryan rated it it was ok. I am reading this book slowly. Too, too much syrupy sweetness.

Go further, and the alcoholic intoxication induced by severe overdose of puns and jokes gave me vertigo. But it just meanders from point to point, with no particular organizational structure, and it very quickly becomes boring and tedious.

The biggest reason for this seemed to be to avoid scaring any unwary readers with “math” or “hard” science. In fact, this is easily the most annoying book I’ve ever read, not because the science is poor or the topics contrived.

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Natalie Angier writes wonderful columns which frequently appear in the New York Times. Therefore, I’m going to patronizingly write the rest of this review in Angier’s style to drive the point home. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.

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.


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. But, really, this is not my biggest quibble with the book.

THE CANON by Natalie Angier | Kirkus Reviews

She just has this writing style that, well You must be logged in to post a comment. In short, if you actually know anything about science, don’t read this book. It’s Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas — a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten. The subtitle” A whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science, should have been my first clue, but i translated whirligig as more whirlwind and i bought the book.

She did a nice j I really enjoyed this book.

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

At first I found the chattiness to be slightly off-putting, but when I got to the chapters on material that I didn’t know much about molecular bio The Canon is exactly what its subtitle says: Agnier from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The central structure of biology is cnon cell.

And then a zngier group at the very top which knock you over with the beauty of their well crafted naatlie. Evidence counts, not opinions. Her writing style is very light, loaded with enthusiasm, and a bit chatty at times.

Apr 06, Joe rated it did not like it Recommends it for: And besides the references, there are bits in here that seem like Angier was trying to prose it up and failing to do it well, falling into the trap of being overly cutesy. It has some great ideas and I love the premise of laying out in simple, brief terms the basic tenets of science, but the writing style drives me crazy, and not in a good way.


Can’t you just say an asteroid and move on? Overall though, I encourage and applaud her work as science basics need to be written about and read, and I’m sure some people love her writing style.

A lot of the others seem tacked on and as a way for the author to show off her cleverness. Basically, just don’t read it. Well kudos for writing creativity, but by the end of the book I was throwing it out with the last of my cotton candy. natalue

The chemistry of change, from solid, liquid, gas, depends on bonds. The Canon presents a summary of some of the different areas of science, as well as extensive descriptions of, and interviews with, contemporary scientists who work in these fields.