A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition
This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.
In A Short History of Nearly Everything, the bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.
Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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If a nearby star were to explode in a supernova, such as the one photographed
here in 1987, the passing blast could easily wipe out life on Earth. Fortunately,
supernovae are fairly rare and—so far—safely distant. (credit 3.3) But Zwicky was
These are of course respectable numbers, but even with so much to take in,
supernovae are extremely rare. ... Looking for a supernova, therefore, was a little
like standing on the observation platform of the Empire State Building with a ...
In 1987 Saul Perlmutter at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California,
needing more Ia supernovae than visual ... could now take thousands of pictures
and let a computer detect the tell-tale bright spots that marked a supernova
North American rock art, dating from about a thousand years ago, is thought
probably to record one of the great astronomical events of historical times—the
supernova explosion that created the Crab Nebula in July 1054. It Weeks later,
back in ...
Only half a dozen times in recorded history have supernovae been close enough
to be visible to the naked eye. ... The most recent was in 1987, when a supernova
flared in a zone of the cosmos known as the Large Magellanic Cloud, but that ...
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Review: A Short History of Nearly EverythingUser Review - Kamesh Chivukula - Goodreads
A great book on the history off science from a master story teller. After reading this book I was Grief stricken for not choosing science as a career of choice. After reading the paper back, I brought ... Read full review
Review: A Short History of Nearly EverythingUser Review - Agne - Goodreads
It's a remarkable book. It reads like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy but is about actual facts. Some things that really stuck with me: 1. The fact that we [humans] are here is astounding. 2. We ... Read full review
Into the Troposphere
The Bounding Main
The Rise of Life
Goodbye to All That
The Mysterious Biped
How to Build a Universe
Science Red in Tooth and Claw
Getting the Lead
The Richness of Being
Darwins Singular Notion
The Stuff of Life