The Canon If nearly everything you ever learned in science class has vanished from your brain over the years, if you can no longer tell a neutron… The Canon If nearly everything you ever learned in science class has vanished from your brain over the years, if you can no longer tell a neutron… 2007-05-01 Nonfiction Science and Technology Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

The Canon (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 01, 2007; Writer: Natalie Angier; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

If nearly everything you ever learned in science class has vanished from your brain over the years, if you can no longer tell a neutron from a neutrino or recall the Krebs cycle or the second law of thermodynamics, you're hardly alone. As a Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter, Natalie Angier is confronted daily by America's science illiteracy. The Canon offers a passionate corrective. It's a lot to bite off — the broad basics of everything from chemistry to geology to molecular biology to astrophysics — but Angier has the infectious exuberance, unflagging wit, and knack for the well-turned simile (red blood cells look like ''New York City bialys'') of a born teacher. A-

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints