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Buckle up for a joy ride through physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Drawing on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and her own work as an award-winning science writer, Natalie Angier does the impossible: she makes science fascinating and seriously fun, even for those of us who, in Angier's words, "still can't tell the difference between a proton, a photon, and a moron".Most of the profound questions we will explore in our lives (such as those involving evolution, global warming, or stem cells) have to do with science. So do a lot of everyday things, like our ice-cream melting, our coffee getting cold, and our vacuum cleaner running (or not). What does our liver do when we eat a caramel? How does the horse demonstrate evolution at work? Are we really made of stardust? (Yes we are.)In The Canon, Lewis Thomas meets Lewis Carroll in a book destined to become a modern classic, because it quenches our curiosity, sparks our interest in the world around us, reignites our childhood delight in discovering how things work, and instantly makes us smarter.This is a playful, passionate, ebullient guide to the science all around us by a Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author.
©2007 Natalie Angier; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"A pleasurable and nonthreatening guide for anyone baffled by science." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every sentence sparkles with wit and charm...it all adds up to an intoxicating cocktail of fine science writing." (Richard Dawkins)
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By Paul on 09-19-08

Far too cute

I generally listen to non-fiction and I like to refresh and update my understanding of science. I have read this author's science reporting in the NY Times enjoyed it.

Based on that experience I purchased this book. I could not listen to more than 2 hours of it! Far too basic. The writing style is little more than a sting of quotes from scientists and comes off as a hard to follow "he said this and she said that." The result is tedious and hard to follow. Worst of all the book is littered with remarks that attempt to amuse, but really serve only to annoy.

Oh, the narrator makes all that is bad in this book that much worse because of her over to top perkiness.

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By Kimberly on 06-30-07

Tedious and preachy

This is the first review I have written after listening to many, many audiobooks and it feels like a civic duty to warn others to avoid this book. The insufferably preachy and tedious first chapter is the author's diatribe against adult Americans' disinterest and avoidance of science. Since the vast majority of people reading the freaking thing are probably doing so without a gun being held to their head, it's fairly obvious she's preaching to the choir. And she tries (again and again and again) to be funny. Ugghhh! Don't waste your time or money. Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything is so much better. Even if you feel stupid, you won't want to gouge out your own eardrums to avoid listening to the book.

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