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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... On Good-bye to All That The Richness of Being Cells Darwin's Singular Notion
The Stuff of Life THE ROAD TO US Ice Time The Mysterious Biped The Restless
Ape Good-bye The physicist Leo Szilard once announced to his friend Hans.
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
... wafers) is produced gravity and the other forces that govern physics. In less
than a minute the universe is a million billion miles across and growing fast.
There is a lot of heat now, ten billion degrees of it, enough to begin the nuclear ...
Although Penzias and Wilson had not been looking for cosmic background
radiation, didn't know what it was when they had found it, and hadn't described or
interpreted its character in any paper, they received the 1978 Nobel Prize in
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
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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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