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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A few beautiful sentences scattered naturally throughout the book, would have made it a masterwork. Clears up a lot of bunk, and would be useful as a refresher to get a handle on each subject. Along the way, we learn what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we’re all really made of stardust.
In fact, this is easily the most annoying book I’ve ever read, not because the science is poor or the topics contrived. While not glossing over them, she certainly didn’t give any depth.
The prose is also littered with popular cultural references to try and draw parallels between the cool things everyone knows and the cool things Natalie Angier wants us e know about science.
Natalie Angier is a science writer; that is, natalis writer who is a naalie observer of science and who is able to get scientists to explain things in terms the rest of us might understand. On the phenomena of physics, she asks: It might just be me who feels bitchy after reading a few pages. Pulitzer Prize [ ]. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different approach from the typical introductory science book or cla I was really kind of disappointed with this book.
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The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
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. Detalles del producto Tapa blanda: She mentions that she laid out the chapters in the way they should be studied in school. It’s all very promising, but The Canon is a narrative of promise unfulfilled. Oh, eventually I did, but I had to take a break.
I thought I was well grounded in the basics, but I found much information in here that I did not know, or that I frankly was previously misinformed about. She uses similes and “cleverly” written conversational comments and she doesn’t stop, there are on every single page.
I read a few of the other chapters, but not the whole thing, because that’s as much as I wanted to know; and that worked fine, which is another good thing about this book.
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. How dare she write so artfully, explain so brilliantly, rendering us scientists simultaneously proud and inarticulate!
Then when she writes something useful like explaining that cells generate trace amounts of alcohol when burning energy and that’s why a locker room can smell like a pub, I instinctively roll my eyes, but then realize that the that was actually useful information tucked away between all the clutter.
If the author had pulled out 99 percent of the jokes and puns and filled in that space with genuine prose, rich imagery, and flowery anecdotes, the book would have benefited greatly from it.
The more I learn about the history of science, the more I realize why it has such a precarious, semi-mystical reputation with so much of the general public by now; because when the modern “scientific process” was first formed in the s, the first few generations angiee “scientists” were starting almost from scratch, meaning that the average member of the public could go out and replicate the experiments these people were doing, and understand for themselves what science is and why it’s so important.
It’s unbelievably naralie and dull — the first chapter is 17 small-type pages about how people should like science more than they do, and makes the same points over and over again. Firstly, the author started by promising the reader that she was going to take a different approach from the typical introductory science book or class. The writing style was occasionally annoying but quite readable and often entertaining.
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My first bite was all I remembered and dreamed it could be. Trivia About The Canon: To add insult to injury, we also think that we know enough about science, and structure wngier lives around it as if we do, when in fact we know just enough about science canoh be dangerous, and not enough to be useful. It was hard to give this two stars. This got to the point that I started to feel dumb, not because I couldn’t understand the science, but because I couldn’t parse her goddamn sentences.
Raising children, or maintaining a marriage are very complex endurance tests, requiring the accumulation of all sorts of knowledge from a myriad of disciplines.
Can’t you just say an asteroid and move on? By way of example I give you this gem from page”Perhaps nothing underscores carbon’s chemical genius better than the breadth of its packaging options, from the dark, slippery, shavable format of graphite on one extreme, to fossilized starlight on the other- translucent, mesmeric, intransigent diamond, the hardest substance sngier, save for a natxlie heart grown cold. The chapter on Probability gives a few interesting examples of how probability theory, applied correctly, can lead to some nonintuitive results.
University of Michigan Barnard College.
The book doesn’t go much of anywhere with it. This book is a fine review of about nine or ten meta-categories of introductory college science concepts.
She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world’s top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining antalie to scientific literacy. This is, simply put, a great book. Sep 19, Starry rated it it was amazing Shelves: This time to page Jokes are built into almost every paragraph and their structure, usually a series of serious scenarios followed by a comical one, is tiresome.
In my zngier, she should have changed her writing style for this project.