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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I am merely going to record the facts for the information of God." "Don't you think
God knows the facts?" Bethe asked. "Yes," said Szilard. "He knows the facts, but
He does not know this version of the facts." —Hans Christian von Baeyer, Taming
In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize. To begin with, for you to
be here now trillions of drifting atoms had somehow to assemble in an intricate
and intriguingly obliging manner to create you. It's an arrangement so specialized
There needn't actually be a universe at all. For the longest time there wasn't.
There were no atoms and no universe for them to float about in. There was
nothing—nothing at all anywhere. So thank goodness for atoms. But the fact that
you have ...
Not only have you been lucky enough to be attached since time immemorial to a
favored evolutionary line, but you have also been extremely—make that
miraculously—fortunate in your personal ancestry. Consider the fact that for 3.8
You are ready to start a universe. I'm assuming of course that you wish to build an
inflationary universe. If you'd prefer instead to build a more old-fashioned,
standard Big Bang universe, you'll need additional materials. In fact, you will
need to ...
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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 - 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
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