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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Consider the fact that for 3.8 billion years, a period of time older than the Earth's
mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your forebears on both sides has
been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and ...
Then much later—about four or five years ago—I was on a long flight across the
Pacific, staring idly out the window at moonlit ocean, when it occurred to me with
a certain uncomfortable forcefulness that I didn't know the first thing about the ...
For the next 500 million years the young Earth continued to be pelted relentlessly
by comets, meteorites, and other galactic debris, which brought water to fill the
oceans and the components necessary for the successful formation of life.
Newton's laws explained so manythings—the slosh and roll of ocean tides, the
motions of planets, why cannonballs trace a particular trajectory before thudding
back to Earth, why we aren't flung into space as the planet spins beneath us at ...
The problem was that the ocean was big, Bermuda small, and the navigational
tools for dealing with this disparity hopelessly inadequate. There wasn't even yet
an agreed length for a nautical mile. Over the breadth of an ocean the smallest ...
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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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