The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science (Paperback)
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The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 25/12/2008
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Unless we are brilliant at science in our teenage years, many of us put off 'childish things' - science museums, palaeontology - in favour of museums, art galleries and concert halls. A cultured person, Natalie Angier argues, should know about the classic ideas of physics and biology as well as the classic works of Beethoven and Picasso. Drawing on conversations with many of the world's leading scientists, Angier takes us on a vivid, good-humoured and informative tour of this neglected canon. An entertaining guide to scientific literacy - from stem-cell research to bird flu and global warming - that explains the machinery of this place we call home.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571239726
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 200 x 125 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm. . . it all adds up to an intoxicating cocktail of fine science writing." --Richard Dawkins
"Natalie Angier makes planets and particles sexy. . .She turns guys with lab coats and pocket protectors into Daniel Craig." --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
"An essential experience . . . How dare she write so artfully, explain so brilliantly, rendering us scientists simultaneously proud and inarticulate!" --Leon Lederman, Nobel laureate
"Every single sentence . . . sparkles with enough intelligence and wit to delight science-phobes and science-philes alike. I loved it!" --Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bait and Switch and Nickel and Dimed
"Natalie Angier provides a masterful, authoritative synthesis of the state of knowledge across the entire scientific landscape." --Howard Gardner, Harvard University, author of Five Minds for the Future and Frames of Mind
"Exuberant . . . She writes with such verve, humor, and warmth."
"Angier is a nimble stylist with a playful sense of alliteration and consonance." --Ben Dickinson

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This book has received mixed reviews and The Canon has divided reviewers into those that obviously love Angier's style and witticism and those whom it clearly irritates.

Lamentably, there is merit in much of the... More

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