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

Author: Natalie Angier
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
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Electronic books
Ouvrages de vulgarisation
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Natalie Angier
ISBN: 1299881203 9781299881204 9780547348568 0547348568
OCLC Number: 858968376
Notes: "A Mariner Book."
Awards: Winner of ALA Notable Books (Nonfiction) 2008
Description: 1 online resource (293 pages)
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Natalie Angier.

Abstract:

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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