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 seemed to be a mystifying universal conspiracy among textbook authors to
make certain the material they dealt with never strayed too near the realm of the
mildly interesting and was always at least a long-distance phone call from the ...
So protons are exceedingly microscopic, to say the very least. Now imagine if you
can (and of course you can't) shrinking one of those protons down to a billionth of
its normal size into a space so small that it would make a proton look ...
verse, or at least the visible part of it, 90 billion trillion miles away. They were
seeing the first photons—the most ancient light in the universe– though time and
distance had converted them to microwaves, just as Gamow had predicted.
... no more than 10° seconds—that's one million million million million millionths
of a second—but it changed the universe from something you could hold in your
hand to something at least 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times bigger.
It is enough to know that in a single cracking instant 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 ...
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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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