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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m nstalie glad I already love science, or I’d never want anything to do with it again. The moderate drizzle of moralisms doesn’t focus on that chapter alone. So here is one more piece of the puzzle I am putting together. Science maintains its outsider status not by means of a conspiracy against its nerdiness, but because, as its advocate readily enthuses, it is big, unwieldy, impossible to pin down.

One passage that stood out was one in which she explains just what it means to be a scientific theory. Aug 20, Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 17, Matthew rated it did not like it Shelves: I was really looking forward to reading this book, which purports to be a layperson’s introduction to all things beautiful in science.

THE CANON by Natalie Angier | Kirkus Reviews

My 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. But being force fed every other sentence?


Dec 03, Ryan rated it it was ok. Dec 10, Chelsea rated it it was ok Shelves: And ten out of ten of those literary devices is gunked up with painfully clunky alliteration, some of which doesn’t even make sense. But when the frequency of jokes is one per line, rather than, say, one per paragraph or one per half-page, one does get a little weary of them.

It has taken me a long time to finish it because science is not something I read for fun. While her style can become a bit draining after a while, it is easy to see how much she loves science.

I couldn’t get past it. I didn’t think so back in high school but I like to think I’ve matured since then.

Why is it that worldly Manhattan sophisticates feel a working knowledge of the arts is a prerequisite for a fulfilled existence, but that the sciences are irrelevant, something for nerdy adults with no social skills to obsess about? Therefore, I’m going to patronizingly write the rest of this review in Angier’s style to drive the point home.

Retrieved from ” https: Clears up a lot of bunk, and would be useful as a refresher to get a handle on each subject. Two things made The Canon a tough read for me.

She uses similes and “cleverly” written conversational comments and she doesn’t stop, there are on every single page. Angier gets a C for effort – natalid interesting topics are considered and there were a angifr of thought-provoking passages. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: She then takes every attempt to disparage the use of nxtalie in science – which seems to contradict her higher purpose. It’s all very promising, but The Canon is a narrative of promise unfulfilled.


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 was eagerly awaiting the exploration of the scientific canon in its literary sense; what great works form the foundations of a modern scientific education? The book doesn’t go much of anywhere with it. Overall, a lackluster book that did not meet its own expectations.

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Previous Views from Medina Road. No trivia or quizzes yet. It should be taught in school.

I am the original author of this essay, as well canno the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally here. These things are fun and fun is good. I do think that this will in the longer term give the book a “dated” feel and someday make it unreadable by younger audiences.

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. It’s alluring, exciting even, natalje be shown ‘the fairy tales of sciences that happen to be true’. Just a few more, I have to share.