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Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0547053462

Cover of Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science 07 (ISBN 978-0547053462)
ISBN13: 978-0547053462
ISBN10: 0547053460
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 2007
International: No

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Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0547053462

Natalie Angier

ISBN13: 978-0547053462
ISBN10: 0547053460
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Mariner Books

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

''Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig tour of the scientific canon. She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy. The Canon is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time - from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming.''--BOOK JACKET.

Author Bio

NATALIE ANGIER writes about biology for the New York Times, where she has won a Pulitzer Prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award, and other honors. She is the author of The Beauty of the Beastly, Natural Obsessions, and Woman, named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, People, National Public Radio, Village Voice, and Publishers Weekly, among others. A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Woman is ''a text so necessary and abundant and true that all efforts of its kind, for decades before and after it, will be measured by it'' (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Angier lives with her husband and daughter outside of Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sisyphus Sings with a Ying 1 1. Thinking Scientifically: An Out-of-Body Experience 18 2. Probabilities: For Whom the Bell Curves 47 3. Calibration: Playing with Scales 71 4. Physics: And Nothing's Plenty for Me 87 5. Chemistry: Fire, Ice, Spies, and Life 121 6. Evolutionary Biology: The Theory of Every Body 147 7. Molecular Biology: Cells and Whistles 183 8. Geology: Imagining World Pieces 212 9. Astronomy: Heavenly Creatures 235 References 267 Acknowledgments 280 Index 282