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By Natalie Angier

ISBN-10: 0547348568

ISBN-13: 9780547348568

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From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling writer of girl, a playful, passionate consultant to the technology throughout us

With the singular intelligence and enthusiasm that made lady a global sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig journey of the clinical canon. She attracts on conversations with enormous quantities of the world's best scientists and on her personal paintings as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author for the hot York occasions to create a completely unique consultant to clinical literacy. Angier's presents are on complete reveal within the Canon, an ebullient get together of technology that stands to develop into a classic.

The Canon is key examining for a person who desires to comprehend the nice problems with our time -- from stem cells and poultry flu to evolution and worldwide warming. And it's for each dad or mum who has ever panicked whilst a toddler requested how the earth was once shaped or what electrical energy is. Angier's glowing prose and remarkable metaphors deliver the technology to lifestyles, reigniting our personal early life relish learning how the realm works. "Of direction you might want to find out about science," writes Angier, "for a similar cause Dr. Seuss counsels his readers to sing with a Ying or play Ring the Gack: this stuff are enjoyable and enjoyable is good."

The Canon is a joyride in the course of the significant clinical disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. alongside the best way, we examine what's truly occurring whilst our ice cream melts or our espresso will get chilly, what our liver cells do once we devour a caramel, why the pony is an instance of evolution at paintings, and the way we're all particularly made up of stardust. It's Lewis Carroll meets Lewis Thomas -- a booklet that might enrapture, motivate, and enlighten.

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It’s called a sidereal day, which is just a fancy way of saying star day. In units of solar time, a sidereal day is 23h 56m 04s long, just a tad shorter than the solar day—exactly as you would expect. In a direct analogue of solar time, astronomers divide the sidereal day into 24 ‘sidereal hours’ of sidereal time. They use this for convenience when working at their telescopes, as it allows them to keep track of which stars are visible. 42 42 3/8/07 8:15:56 AM RUNNING LIKE CLOCKWORK: THE MECHANISMS OF PLANET EARTH 43 don’t care), they also have to keep an eye on the solar time, which tells them when the Sun is going to come up.

The solstices are at the limits of the Sun’s motion, where it seems to stand still at its highest or lowest points in the sky before heading back towards the equator again. 5-degree tilt of the Earth’s axis to the ‘vertical’ (the direction perpendicular to its orbit). 5 degrees North or South of the celestial equator. The times of the equinoxes and solstices vary from one year to the next principally because a solar year does not contain an exact number of days. 242 days in a solar year, and it is the addition of a day in leap years that prevents the calendar getting too far out of step with the seasons.

Hipparchus and Ptolemy didn’t know that, however. The Earth’s rotation is revealed to us primarily by the apparent movement of the heavens. In reality, this leisurely turning of the sky means that a person standing at the equator has an eastward speed of nearly 1700 km/h—a fair old lick. But there remains some doubt among intelligent people about exactly how this translates into everyday timekeeping—as revealed by the listeners’ questions below. It took until the time of Nicholas Copernicus (1473–1543) for the idea that the Earth moves through space to become widely accepted.

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