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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Of the billions and billions of species of living thing that have existed since the
dawn of time, most–99.99 percent—are no longer around. Life on Earth, you see,
is not only brief but dismayingly tenuous. It is a curious seature of our existence ...
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 ...
Tune your television to any channel it doesn't receive, and about 1 percent of the
dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang.
The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can ...
Lower that value very slightly—from 0.007 percent to 0.006 percent, say—and no
transformation could take place: the universe would consist of hydrogen and
nothing else. Raise the value very slightlyto 0.008 percent—and bonding would
Although 98 percent of all the matter that exists was created with the Big Bang,
that matter consisted exclusively of light gases: the helium, hydrogen, and lithium
that we mentioned earlier. Not one particle of the heavy stuff so vital to our own ...
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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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