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 tiniest deviation from any of these evolutionary shifts, and you might now be
licking algae from cave walls or lolling walruslike on some stony shore or
disgorging air through a blowhole in the top of your head before diving sixty feet
for a ...
And if it is burning away down there, why isn't the ground under our feet hot to the
touch? And why isn't the rest of the interior melting—or is it? And when the core at
last burns itself out, will some of the Earth slump into the void, leaving a giant ...
On a diagram of the solar system to scale, with Earth reduced to about the
diameter of a pea, Jupiter would be over a thousand feet away and Pluto would
be a mile and a half distant (and about the size of a bacterium, so you wouldn't be
Newton was a decidedly odd figure—brilliant beyond measure, but solitary,
joyless, prickly to the point of paranoia, famously distracted (upon swinging his
feet out of bed in the morning he would reportedly sometimes sit for hours,
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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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