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A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything
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In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has... show more
In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, “…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.” This is, in short, a tall order.

To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world’s most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemisty, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn’t some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?

On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only this superb writer can render it. Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been fuller of wonder and delight.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780767908177 (0767908171)
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages no: 478
Edition language: English
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4.0 A Short History of Nearly Everything
BLUF: Pick this up.Plot: A Short History of Nearly Everything is exactly as its’ title suggests. This text takes us from the beginning of time to our current position – all in laymen terms.Topics include: The solar system, geology, all things Earth, atoms, plants, dinosaurs, extinction of dinosaurs,...
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4.5 A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's summation of life, the universe, and everything, a nice little easy-reading science book containing an overview of things every earthling should be aware of.As I've repeatedly mentioned over the years, every time one of the casual-readers tells m...
Ellen Allen Writes
Ellen Allen Writes rated it
4.0 A Short History of Nearly Everything
I've been wanting to read this for ages and it didn't disappoint. It was mostly very clear and easy to understand and in places, very amusing!
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 A Short History of Nearly Everything
Fantastic overview of the world designed to be consumed by science and non-science people alike. I feel quite small.
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
5.0 A Short History of Nearly Everything
"If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here." An excellent and humbling book. Yet be warned: while listening to it, I've been wondering in a daze, asking my more biologically, paleonthologically, geographically minded friends the bizarrest questions. This might happen to y...
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