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

 
 
Author
Natalie Angier.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780618242955
Pages/Publication Date 293/2007
Daedalus Item Code 60287
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Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer Natalie Angier, author of the National Book Award nominee Woman: An Intimate Geography, here offers a succinct yet brilliant introduction to the panoply of modern science, from the thresholds of stem cells and bird flu, evolution and global warming, to the basics of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, she tells us 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.

"[The author] conveys the real substance of field after field, without distortion or dumbing down, and often her sensual descriptions (of the interior of a cell, a star or the Earth, for instance) leave the reader with images both vivid and useful. The Canon is an excellent introduction (or refresher) to the beautiful basics of science, and I hope it is widely read. It could make the country smarter."—NYTBR

 
 
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