Publisher description for The canon : a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science / Natalie Angier.

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With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation, Natalie 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 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. People magazine says, "Angier has that rare dual talent: a true passion for science combined with a poet"s linguistic flair." Those gifts are on full display in The Canon, an ebullient celebration of science that stands to become a classic. The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. It"s 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. 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. It"s Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas--a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.

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Science -- Popular works.