Canon A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

ISBN-10: 0547053460
ISBN-13: 9780547053462
Edition: 2007
Authors: Natalie Angier
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Description: With the intelligence and exuberance that rocketed Woman to international acclaim, best-selling science writer Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials in a work that is both entertaining and inspiring. Angier  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

With the intelligence and exuberance that rocketed Woman to international acclaim, best-selling science writer Natalie Angier distills the scientific canon to the absolute essentials in a work that is both entertaining and inspiring. Angier interviewed hosts of scientists, posing the simple question "What do you wish everyone knew about science?" The Canon provides their answers, covering the fundamentals of the hard sciences: scientific process, probability, calibration, physics, chemistry, evolutionary biology, cellular and molecular biology, geology, and astronomy. Angier proves a rabble-rousing, wisecracking, deeply committed tour guide to the basic concepts of each discipline, describing how they are relevant to us every day and striving "to make the invisible visible, the distant neighborly, the ineffable affable." Even the most science-phobic reader will find Angiers passion infectious as she delivers a one-stop education to rival Bill Brysons A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.Natale Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to many magazines. Her honors include the Lewis Thomas Award and the AAAS Science Journalism Award. Her books include Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell and The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views on the Nature of Life. She lives near Washington D.C.

Introduction: Sisyphus Sings with a Ying
Thinking Scientifically: An Out-of-Body Experience
Probabilities: For Whom the Bell Curves
Calibration: Playing with Scales
Physics: And Nothing's Plenty for Me
Chemistry: Fire, Ice, Spies, and Life
Evolutionary Biology: The Theory of Every Body
Molecular Biology: Cells and Whistles
Geology: Imagining World Pieces
Astronomy: Heavenly Creatures
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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