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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There is a lot of heat now, ten billion degrees of it, enough to begin the nuclear
reactions that create the lighter elements—principally hydrogen and helium, with
a dash (about one atom in a hundred million) of lithium. In three minutes, 98 ...
After Christy spotted Pluto's moon, astronomers began to regard that section of
the cosmos more attentively and as of early December 2002 had found over six
hundred additional Trans-Neptunian Objects, or Plutinos as they are alternatively
Our nearest neighbor in the cosmos, Proxima Centauri, which is part of the three-
star cluster known as Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light-years away, a sissy skip in
galactic terms, but that is still a hundred million times farther than a trip to the
Unfortunately, space being spacious, the average distance between any two of
these civilizations is reckoned to be at least two hundred light-years, which is a
great deal more than merely saying it makes it sound. It means for a start that
watching light that left Earth two hundred years ago. So they're not seeing you
and me. They're watching the French Revolution and Thomas Jeffer. son and
people in silk stockings and powdered wigs—people who don't know what an
atom is ...
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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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