A Short History of Nearly Everything
One of the world’s most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.
In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as 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. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it 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. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
Results 1-5 of 88
There was nothing—nothing at all anywhere. So thank goodness for atoms. But
the fact that you have atoms and that they assemble in such a willing manner is
only part of what got you here. To be here now, alive in the twenty-first century
Not only is it runty and obscure, but it is so variable in its motions that no one can
tell you exactly where Pluto will be a century hence. Whereas the other planets
orbit on more or less the same plane, Pluto's orbital path is tipped (as it were) out
For all we know, the North Star, our faithful companion, might actually have
burned out last January or in 1854 or at any time since the early fourteenth
century and news of it just hasn't reached us yet. The best we can say—can ever
Two and a half centuries later it still seems a reasonable question. Why didn't the
French make their measurements in France and save themselves all the bother
and discomfort of their Andean adventure? The answer lies partly with the fact ...
For half a century people had been trying to work out the size of the Earth, mostly
by making very exacting measurements. One of the first such attempts was by an
English mathematician named Richard Norwood. As a young man Norwood ...
What people are saying - Write a review
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 - NinjaK - Goodreads
What an awesome book! I loved Bryson's humor scattered throughout, and I loved how he was able to make very complicated scientific concepts simple enough for a layperson to understand without once being condescending about it. Everyone should read this! Read full review
Other editions - View all
Genes and Behavior: Nature-Nurture Interplay Explained
Sir Michael Rutter
No preview available - 2006