For the last several years, politicians, policy officials, and educators have been stressing the need to improve math and science education so American students can compete in a global economy. Here’s a new book that attempts to make science cool—and a lot more palatable—for teachers, parents, and students who think the sciences too technical. Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Natalie Angier’s new book, The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, discusses science in a reader-friendly way, providing the lowdown on issues like global warming and bird flu. The book also skips through chemistry, biology, astronomy and physics. National Public Radio did an interview with The New York Times reporter and includes an excerpt from the book. The Boston Globe does a Q&A with the author.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.