I just started reading The Canon and it is very pleasant. (I haven't purchased it, I do most of my reading at Borders in the somewhat comfy chairs.) You can tell the writer is a writer who likes science as opposed to a scientist who happens to be writing a book. It's something about the imagery heavy sentences. Angier’s very engaging but sometimes there is way too much "distracting wordplay". I'm about a third of the way through. So far I have read an argument for why everyone should keep up with science and a good explanation of scientific thinking. I still haven't gotten to the any 10 things everyone should know, but I plan to keep reading. I'm hoping this will be a good basic book my sister who dreads science and math. The distracting wordplay quote comes from a review by Steven Pinker in the New York Times which I started reading while looking for the full subtitle. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/27/books/review/Pinker-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
I recommend the review more than the book. I may be biased because I have a huge fan crush on Steven Pinker.