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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The physicist Leo Szilard once announced to his friend Hans Bethe that he was
thinking of keeping a diary: "I don't intend to publish. I am merely going to record
the facts for the information of God." "Don't you think God knows the facts?" Bethe
It's an arrangement so specialized and particular that it has never been tried
before and will only exist this once. For the next many years (we hope) these tiny
particles will uncomplainingly engage in all the billions of dest, cooperative
Bill Bryson. been alive but all of which had once been you.) Yet somehow for the
pe. riod of your existence they will answer to a single overarching impulse: to
keep you you. The bad news is that atoms are fickle and their time of devotion is ...
Still unaware of what caused the noise, Wilson and Penzias phoned Dicke at
Princeton and described their problem to him in the hope that he might suggest a
solution. Dicke realized at once what the two young men had found. "Well, boys ...
It seems impossible that you could get something from nothing, but the fact that
once there was nothing and now there is a universe is evident proof that you can.
It may be that our universe is merely part of many larger universes, some 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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