Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science de Natalie Angier Compra hasta el 20 y recíbelo para Navidad con Envío 1 día, GRATIS con Prime .. “Natalie Angier provides a masterful, authoritative synthesis of the state of. 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. Natalie Angier (16 de febrero de Bronx, Nueva York) es una escritora y periodista de temas científicos ganadora de Premio Pulitzer; activista pública por el Vídeo: Natalie Angier – The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of.
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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. If any book can help the public learn to love science, this is it. Angier lives with her husband and aangier outside of Washington, D. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Caanon this exuberant book, the best-selling author Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials, delivering an entertaining and inspiring one-stop science education.
Angier proves a rabble-rousing, wisecracking, deeply committed tour se in her irresistible exploration of the scientific process and the basic concepts of physics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, geology, and astronomy.
Even science-phobes will find her passion infectious as she strives “to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.
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Please try again later. I enjoyed the ideas in this book though I really didn’t learn anything new and in general I liked that the author worked to make the science approachable. The author obviously loves language and finds ways to bring pop culture references in to help non-scientifically minded readers understanding. I do think that this will in the longer term give the book a “dated” feel and someday make it unreadable by younger audiences.
The problem I had was that at times the author seemed to be more focused on finding cute ways to say things than on the ideas themselves. The biggest reason for this seemed to be to avoid scaring any unwary readers with “math” or “hard” science.
The best example of this comes right at the end when the author talks about the Drake equation. 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 few of the variables and then only really explains the last one. In all, a good way to bring the science fearful into a basic understanding that could be nurtured into interest or even love.
However, probably ccanon a book for someone who has seen their way through less flowery, more information dense tomes. The attempt to personalize “science and scientists” by cutesipie finishes to many major statements gets a little distracting after awhile.
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But, the points made and the education enhancement I received made putting up with her ‘popular’ writing style. Excellent book for anyone who was interested in science as a child and had it slowly leached out of them by the public school system.
This book provides and starting point for the adult whose interest has been rekindled. Her writing is a bit facile, but it’s still a great read. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Really terrific narrative that puts much of the science world in a pragmatic easy read. Atoms, molecules, space, energy, evolution Sometimes the best explainers of a topic are outsiders or laymen, rather than practitioners in the field. The author isn’t a scientist so she can still see complex topics from the layman’s viewpoint.
This is, simply put, a great book. It covers not only the nuts and bolts of science what is the doppler effect? The writing is breezy and not stilted, using metaphors instead of math to explain difficult topics. The chapter on evolutionary biology is my favorite, and covers not only the mechanics of evolution but the controversy, and explains the tenets and bad reasoning of the Intelligent Design movement.
After reading this chapter it seemed like a veil lifted from my eyes, and I got excited and yelled, “I get it! From the chapter on evolutionary biology: It takes the doctrinaire sloth of the second law of thermodynamics, the tendency of every system to get frowzier over time, and hammers it into a magic, all-purpose, purpose-making machine that turns around and breaks entropy at the knees. Also I think that the book would have been enhanced by an occasional illustration. For instance, the explanation of the galaxies flying away from each other is much easier understood if you actually see a picture of a balloon with dots on it to represent the galaxies.
Natalie Angier’s The Canon was I was excited to read it since I definitely don’t have a healthy grasp on science. In the beginning, she does a pretty good job writing simply but without making you feel like an idiot. As the book went on, however, I began to get frustrated. She routinely works in cutesy little rhymes and sayings that started to drive me crazy.
As the concepts dealt with became more complex, her penchant for the poetic was really irritating. She would be talking about I don’t know, atoms maybe I don’t want to be driven off by cute.
In the end, I still think she didn’t angire simplify some of the deeper concepts to a level I was really comfortable with. Maybe I am truly a science idiot, but I doubt it. Audio CD Verified Purchase. I love her work.
She’s one of the best Science writers around. Well-informed, presents the info very well. She has a sneaky sense of humor that keeps me chuckling while I learn. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.
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