The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
Mariner Books; 2008
Well-conceived non-illustrated tour of essential science for the literate and curious
Review written February 26, 2011
It is the height of misfortune that most of the people — young, especially — who would be most enlightened by this book will pass it by during their casual romp through Barnes & Noble. This tome is composed of words only, and lacks even a single illustration. What it lacks in illustration is balanced by insightful writing, creating crafted visuals illustrating in the mind’s eye the themes explored. For someone wanting a fun romp through the basics, I will call this indispensable.