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The canon : a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science

Auteur: Natalie Angier
Uitgever: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
Editie/Formaat:   Boek : EngelsAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
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Award-winning science journalist Angier takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a reporter for the New York Times, to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy--a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. It's for anyone who wants to  Meer lezen...
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Genre/Vorm: Popular works
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Genre: Internetbron
Soort document: Boek, Internetbron
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: Natalie Angier
ISBN: 0618242953 9780618242955
OCLC-nummer: 71006705
Beschrijving: 293 p. ; 24 cm.
Inhoud: Introduction : sisyphus sings with a ying --
1. Thinking scientifically : an out-of-body experience --
2. Probabilities : for whom the bell curves --
3. Calibration : playing with scales --
4. Physics : and nothing's plenty for me --
5. Chemistry : fire, ice, spies, and life --
6. Evolutionary biology : the theory of every body --
7. Molecular biology : cells and whistles --
8. Geology : imagining world pieces --
9. Astronomy : heavenly creatures --
References --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Verantwoordelijkheid: Natalie Angier.
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Award-winning science journalist Angier takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a reporter for the New York Times, to create an entertaining guide to scientific literacy--a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. It's for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time--from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. It's also one of those rare books that reignites our childhood delight in figuring out how things work: we learn what's actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, how the horse shows evolution at work, and that we really are all made of stardust.--From publisher description.

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Tour of Basics of Science struck me as smug

door vleighton (Gepubliceerd door gebruiker WorldCat 2012-11-28) Goed Permalink

I found the tone of this book pretentious. Angier begins by decrying the average American's state of scientific ignorance, but the subtext seems to be, "And look at me and how clever I am!" The apparent goal of the book is to provide a well-written, basic introduction to science for the intelligent...
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Flawed but Good

door dcornwall (Gepubliceerd door gebruiker WorldCat 2010-05-18) Goed Permalink

Overall, this is a good layman's introduction to the major concepts of the primary sciences - physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy. The book has a bibliography for further reading and the author's passion for her subject is obvious.

The main weakness of the book is the overabundance of...
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