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 ...
... we were endowed with a universe that was vast—at least a hundred billion
light-years across, according to the theory, but possibly any size up to infinite—
and perfectly arrayed for the creation of stars, galaxies, and other complex
Space cannot even properly be said to be expanding because, as the physicist
and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg notes, "solar systems and galaxies are not
expanding, and space itself is not expanding." Rather, the galaxies are rushing ...
... or hunt for black holes or look at a distant galaxy. The only real network of
telescopes that scans the skies has been designed and built by the military." We
have been spoiled by artists' renderings into imagining a clarity of resolution that
Just reaching the center of our own galaxy would take far longer than we have
existed as beings. Space, let me repeat, is enormous. The average distance
between stars out there is 20 million million miles. Even at speeds approaching
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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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