by Natalie Angier
Natalie Angier draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. The Canon is for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or what electricity is. Angier's writing brings science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works. The Canon is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn what is actually happening when our ice cream melts or our coffee gets cold, what our liver cells do when we eat a caramel, why the horse is an example of evolution at work, and how we're all really made of stardust.
Have you forgot all that science you had in school? This book will be a great choice for a quick and easy review. The Canon also covers the great science issues of the day - from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming.