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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... taxonomic divisions above the level of genus and species, that I have
persistently misspelled Olorgesaille (a place that I only recently visited), and so
on in similar vein through two chapters of text covering his area of expertise, early
Even a long human life adds up to only about 650,000 hours. And when that
modest milestone slashes past, or at some other point thereabouts, for reasons
unknown your atoms will shut you down, silently disassemble, and go off to be
... pronouncements of scientists in the way I trust those of surgeons, plumbers,
and other possessors of arcane and privileged information—but I couldn't for the
life of me conceive how any human mind could work out what spaces thousands
The best speeds yet achieved by any human object are those of the Voyager 1
and 2 spacecraft, which are now flying away from us at about thirty-five thousand
miles an hour. The reason the Voyager craft were launched when they were (in ...
Well, nothing and a great deal, depending on how you look at it. In the short term,
it's nothing. The most perfect vacuum ever created by humans is not as empty as
the emptiness of interstellar space. And there is a great deal of this nothingness ...
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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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