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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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS As I sit here, in early 2003, I have before me several
pages of manuscript bearing majestically encouraging and tactful notes from Ian
Tattersall of the American Museum of Natural History pointing out, inter alia, that ...
Blanchflower of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; Dr. William
Abdu and Dr. Bryan Marsh of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon,
New Hampshire; Ray Anderson and Brian Witzke of the Iowa Department of
... into a spot so infinitesimally compact that it has no dimensions at all. It is known
as a singularity. In either case, get ready for a really big bang. Naturally, you will
wish to retire to a safe place to observe the spectacle. How to Build a Universe.
It is natural but wrong to visualize the singularity as a kind of pregnant dot
hanging in a dark, boundless void. But there is no space, no darkness. The
singularity has no "around" around it. There is no space for it to occupy, no place
for it to be.
I asked him if he was tempted to adopt the new technology. “Oh, no," he said, "I
enjoy my way too much. Besides"—he gave a nod at the photo of his latest
supernova and smiled—"I can still beat them sometimes." The question that
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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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