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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... 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 Périgueux is not a wine-producing region, that it is
They don't even know that they are there. They are mindless particles, after all,
and not even themselves alive. (It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to
pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce ...
There is no law that requires the universe to fill itself with small particles of matter
or to produce light and gravity and the other physical properties on which our
existence hinges. There needn't actually be a universe at all. For the longest time
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 ...
Yet there has been only one Big Bang and it didn't produce them. So where did
they come from? Interestingly, the man who found the answer to that question
was a cosmologist who heartily despised the Big Bang as a theory and coined
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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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