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.
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... the moment of the Big Bang), at the time of Wilson and Penzias's discovery the
most distant galaxies anyone had ever detected were on about the sixtieth floor,
and the most distant things—quasars—were on about the twentieth. Penzias ...
(At the time I visited him, in August of 2001, he had just recorded his thirty-fourth
visual discovery; a thirty-fifth followed three months later and a thirty-sixth in early
2003.) Evans, however, had certain advantages. Most observers, like most ...
The one thing he didn't do, interestingly enough, was discover the comet that
bears his name. He merely recognized that the comet he saw in 1682 was the
same one that had been seen by others in 1456, 1531, and 1607. It didn't
In 1936, the economist John Maynard Keynes bought a trunk of Newton's papers
at auction and discovered with astonishment that they were overwhelmingly
preoccupied not with optics or planetary motions, but with a single-minded quest
*In 1781 Herschel became the first person in the modern era to discover a planet.
He wanted to call it George, aster the British monarch, but was overruled. Instead
it became Uranus. He suffered, in the words of one of his few THE SIZE OF ...
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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
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