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

3.67 avg rating
( 2,658 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780618242955: The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of Woman, a 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 tour of the scientific canon. She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. Angier's gifts are on full display in The Canon, an ebullient celebration of science that stands to become a classic.

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. And it's for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is. Angier's sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works. "Of course you should know about science," writes Angier, "for the same reason Dr. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: These things are fun and fun is good."

The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn 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. It's Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas -- a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig tour of the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy.

The Canon is vital listening for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time—from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. And it's for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is. Angier's sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works.

About the Author:

NATALIE ANGIER is a Pulitzer-Prize winning science columnist for the New York Times. She is the author of The Canon, The Beauty of the Beastly, and Natural Obsessions. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780547053462: The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0547053460 ISBN 13:  9780547053462
Publisher: Mariner Books, 2008
Softcover

9780571239719: The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science

Faber ..., 2008
Hardcover

9780571239726: The Canon: The Beautiful Basics of Science

Faber ..., 2008
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Angier, Natalie
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
Mesilla Internet
(Mesilla, NM, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0618242953 New. Seller Inventory # Z0618242953ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
4.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.62
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Angier, Natalie
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Gulf Coast Books
(Memphis, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0618242953 Ships from Tennessee, usually the same or next day. Seller Inventory # Z0618242953ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Natalie Angier
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2007)
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0618242953

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
BooksForStudent
(West Bloomfield, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New Book In Mint condition. Shipping with Trackable Method. No APO/FPO Addresses Please. Seller Inventory # 9780618242955NHS

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
firstbookstore
(New Delhi, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. Brand New Original US Edition, Perfect Condition. Printed in English. Excellent Quality, Service and customer satisfaction guaranteed!. Seller Inventory # AIND-74766

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Bookshub
(Karol Bagh, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. US edition. Perfect condition. Customer satisfaction our priority. Seller Inventory # ABE-FEB-51112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
EBOOKSTORE2010
(New Delhi, ND, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. New. US edition. Customer Satisfaction guaranteed!!. Seller Inventory # SHUB51112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
21.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Romtrade Corp.
(STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New Original US Edition.We Ship to PO BOX Address also. EXPEDITED shipping option also available for faster delivery.This item may ship fro the US or other locations in India depending on your location and availability. Seller Inventory # AUSBNEW-74766

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
23.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Natalie Angier
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Basi6 International
(Irving, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: Brand New. New, US edition. Excellent Customer Service. Seller Inventory # ABEUSA-51112

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
23.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Angier Natalie
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN 10: 0618242953 ISBN 13: 9780618242955
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Houghton Mifflin Company. Condition: New. pp. 293. Seller Inventory # 8115125

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
17.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book