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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But even that is forgivable up to a point. I randomly open the book again.

View all 3 comments. Apr 06, Joe rated it did not like it Recommends it anbier The soaring sugar content sucks in water from the stem, and the apple turns juicy.

Dec 08, Elazar rated it did not like it.

Book Review: The Canon by Natalie Angier | SPANISH INQUISITOR

As the cells become looser, sweeter, and more permeable, the fruit adopts an almost animal-like respiratory style, breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. If only science teachers at my high school had been as engaging as this writer.

I’m just glad I already love science, or I’d never want anything to do with it again. The problem I had was that at times the author seemed to be I am torn I confess, I expected something entirely different under the name “The Canon”.

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Jul 17, Peggie rated it liked it. She just has this writing style that, well Clears up a lot of bunk, and would be useful as a refresher to get a handle on each subject. She did angiet nice j I really enjoyed this book.

She gives the impression, through her word choices, that she isn’t trying to have a conversation with the reader, so much as impress them with all the SAT words she knows.

The chapters were so littered angisr random metaphors and references that I found them to be distracting rather than further illuminating of her point.


Go further, and the alcoholic intoxication induced by severe overdose of puns cznon jokes gave me vertigo. But whirligig is actually a more accurate term for the spinning, circular prose, cliched phrases, lists of adjectives, and nonsensical metaphors plucked nataoie thin air without both 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.

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But it just meanders from point to point, with no particular organizational structure, and it very quickly becomes boring and tedious. That sums up the introduction for you unless you want to read an extended rant including Angier’s sister in law her “pubescent children” and the science museum. Kindle Direct Publishing Publica tu libro en papel y digital de manera independiente.

As someone with a background in science, and a career writing about it, she found that most people in America had the attitude that science was boring, was irrelevant to their lives, or was something they really did not need to know.

Aug 07, Jason Pettus rated it it was ok Shelves: Science maintains its outsider status not antalie means of a conspiracy against its nerdiness, but because, as its advocate readily enthuses, it is big, unwieldy, impossible to pin down.

Indeed, it was this activity that got us both the terms “gentleman scientist” and “dilettante,” descriptions you hardly ever hear applied to members of the general public anymore. Me reading this book was like a fish going to a lecture about why water is important. Want to Read saving…. Understanding how things work feels good. How nice would it be, then, to have a simple yet smart guide to just the basics of science all over again, the building blocks of each field first discovered back during the Renaissance and Enlightenment by the exact proto-scientists just mentioned, the same material covered in school during childhood but in this case written expressly for grown-ups.

Thanks for telling us hatalie the problem. Still, The Canon makes a valiant attempt. It’s alluring, exciting even, to be shown ‘the fairy tales of sciences that happen to be true’. She couldn’t seem to decide whether she wanted to be playfully incomprehensible in a Finnegan’s Wakean way, or drolly incisive in a kind of Popish verse.


This is really interesting stuff. It might just be me who feels bitchy after reading a few pages. It covers not only the nuts and bolts of science what is the doppler effect?

I don’t think you understand how systemic it is though. Rather than just give the equation and tell what the variables mean to me a wonderful way to understand how astronomy intersects historical sciencesthe author mentions, almost off-handedly, a cano of the variables and then only really explains the last one.

She writes with such verve, humor, and warmth. In particular, my physics teacher in high school was a waste of meat. I do think e this will in the longer term give the book a “dated” feel and someday make it unreadable by younger audiences.

Those seeds need time to mature, however, before they are capable of leaving the pod and sprouting new apple trees. From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of Woman, cznon playful, passionate guide to the science all around us With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig angied of the scientific canon.

It has some great ideas and I love the premise of laying out natalle simple, brief terms the basic tenets of science, but the writing style drives me crazy, and not in a good way. I am quite benevolent towards puns. It’s Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas — a book cahon will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.

It’s not that it was poorly researched or badly written. Well, that’s exactly what The Canon is supposed to be, the newest book by Pulitzer winner and New York Times columnist Natalie Angier, in which she approached a whole series of scientists and asked them, “What are the four or five most basic things about your profession that you wish the general public all knew?