The CanonFrom the Pulitzer prize winner and best-selling author of WOMAN, a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us.

With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made WOMAN an international sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a "guided twirligig through the scientific canon." She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists, and her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy. People magazine says "Angier has that rare dual talent: a true passion for science combined with a poet's linguistic flair." Those gifts are on full display in THE CANON, an ebullient celebration of science that stands to become a classic.

THE CANON is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand the great issues of our time—from stem cells and bird flu to evolution and global warming. And it's for every parent who has ever panicked when a child asked how the earth was formed or how electricity works. Angier's sparkling prose and memorable metaphors bring the science to life, reigniting our own childhood delight in discovering how the world works. "Of course you should know about science," writes Angier, "for the same reason Dr. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: These things are fun and fun is good."

THE CANON is a joyride through the major scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Along the way, we learn what's 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 reveals evolution at work, and how we're all made of stardust. It's Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas—a book that will enrapture, inspire, and enlighten.