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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Angier Narrator: Nike Doukas Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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—evolution, global warming, stem cells—have to do with science. So do a lot of everyday things, like our ice cream melting and 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rhea Krieg | 2/3/2014

    " Again, I honestly love the way she writes...read it again and again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy Drew | 1/18/2014

    " a pure delight and a must-read for an aspiring science writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Delilah Des | 12/28/2013

    " Did precisely what it needed to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 12/17/2013

    " It's informative, but Angier's writing style got on my nerves pretty quickly. As a general science primer, though, it does its job. I think it would be fun to incorporate in a class with middle or early high school-age kids. "

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About the Narrator

Nike Doukas is an actress who is most recognizable for her recurring role in Desperate Housewives. She performs regularly at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California, and has appeared several times at The Old Globe in San Diego, The Pasadena Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she now lives in Costa Mesa.