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review 2015-11-17 00:00
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson 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, Darwinism, quantum physics, global warming, and everything in between.

I almost DNF’d: I listened to the audiobook and quickly thought it would become a book that I would DNF. The Introduction was very difficult to process. It tried to make the book mysterious and appealing by describing what it took to make the reader, and continues on about atoms before it starts into why Bill Bryson decided to write this book.

Thankfully, I didn’t: Believe me, I am thrilled that I made it past that first chapter. Bryson writes nonfiction in the form of stories. It’s impressive. I have a hard time with nonfiction books because they tend to be dry and I tend to be unable (unwilling?) to retain the information, but Bryson is able to transitions from one topic to another in a seamless manner.

The iffy: I had a good time reading this book. It constantly made me stop and think about the information provided, as well as research the topics to understand a little more about what I was learning. (Don’t get me wrong, the book gives enough information, but I have a need to verify and ponder.) Well… one of the things I researched, the idea that “all glass on Earth is flowing downward under the relentless drag of gravity”. Turns out, this isn’t true. When one thing isn’t true, it makes me wonder what else was written that was not true.

Oh, btw: The book talks about the Swine Flu. Specifically, how it reoccurs often without known reason. I thought this was awesome (erm.. timely) given that this ended up reoccurring soon after the book was published. I love seeing something I read prove relevant.

So… What are you waiting for? Buy it, rent it, read it, enjoy it, reread it! I know I will (preferably with more fact checking, for fun).
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review 2015-01-03 03:12
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

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 me I have to read something, like Harry Potter or the DaVinci Code, I dig my feet in deeper and resolve to never read it. This is one of the occasions I should have shaved a decade off of my stubbornness and caved in right away.

Bryson covers a wide range of topics, from the formation of the universe to the evolution of man for our apelike forebears, and all points in between. Atoms? Cells? These are just stops along the enlightenment highway that Bill Bryson has paved! He touches upon quantum physics, geology, the size of our solar system, the year without a summer, and other topics innumerable.

The writing style is so accessible that I have to think I'd be some kind of scientists if my high school and college text books were written by Bill Bryson. His easy, breezy style makes even the most complicated topics easier to digest.

It's not often that I come away from a book having felt like I learned something new, criminal techniques from my usual reads excepted. Bryson has succeeded where many have failed before him. He has tricked me into learning and enjoying myself while doing it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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text 2014-12-30 13:45
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 544 pages.
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

2015 may be the year of Bill Bryson for me.

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review 2014-05-01 00:00
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson 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!
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review 2013-11-09 00:00
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson Fantastic overview of the world designed to be consumed by science and non-science people alike. I feel quite small.
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