The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (Natalie Angier: Nonfiction) © 2007

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Rating: 3/5

Description: A New York Times science writer takes the reader on a tour of scientific fundamentals.

Review: The title certainly sounds fun, and depending on who you are you may find this to be a very fun book. Angier is certainly an entertaining and witty author. However, as playful as The Canon is, there is little ‘basic’ about it. Angier pulls no punches when it comes to either the scientific facts she is relaying or her use of the English language. As a result, this books greatest appeal lies with readers already fond of the subject matter rather than neophytes. Depending on the reader this could be a 1 or a 5; hence a median rating of 3. The audiobook is well executed, but as expected not for the inattentive listener.

Availability: This book and audiobook is available in our nonfiction collection.

Read-a-likes: Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything and Is That a Fact? by Joseph Schwarcz

Reviewed by: Eric


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