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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Bill Bryson. Most of what we know, or believe we know, about the early moments
of the universe is thanks to an idea called inflation theory first propounded in
1979 by a junior particle physicist, then at Stanford, now at MIT, named Alan Guth
In the summer of that year, a young astronomer named James Christy at the U.S.
Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, was making a routine examination of
photographic images of Pluto when he saw that there was something ...
It was named Pluto at least partly because the first two letters made a monogram
from Lowell's initials. Lowell was posthumously hailed everywhere as a genius of
the first order, and Tombaugh was largely forgotten, except among planetary ...
The Kuiper belt was actually theorized by an astronomer named F. C. Leonard in
1930, but the name honors Gerard Kuiper, a Dutch native working in America,
who expanded the idea. The Kuiper belt is the source of what are known as ...
... the 1960s, a professor at Cornell named Frank Drake, excited by such
whopping numbers, worked out a famous equation designed to calculate the
chances of advanced life in the cosmos based on a series of diminishing
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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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