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 no law that requires the universe to fill itself with small particles of matter
or to produce light and gravity and the other physical properties on which our
existence hinges. There needn't actually be a universe at all. For the longest time
Now pack into that tiny, tiny space about an ounce of matter. Excellent. You are
ready to start a universe. I'm assuming of course that you wish to build an
inflationary universe. If you'd prefer instead to build a more old-fashioned,
standard Big ...
In three minutes, 98 percent of all the matter there is or will ever be has been
produced. We have a universe. It is a place of the most wondrous and gratifying
possibility, and beautiful, too. And it was all done in about the time it takes to
make a ...
... something you could hold in your hand to something at least
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times bigger. Inflation theory explains the
ripples and eddies that make our universe possible. Without it, there would be no
clumps of matter ...
No matter how far he roamed across the planet's surface, he would never find an
edge. He might eventually return to the spot where he had started, and would of
course be utterly confounded to explain how that had happened. Well, we are in
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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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