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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... know, and much of what we think we know we haven't known, or thought we've
known, 10. LOST IN THE COSMOS.
This was the first American-discovered planet, and no one was going to be
distracted by the thought that it was really just a distant icy dot. It was named
Pluto at least partly because the first two letters made a monogram from Lowell's
peditions, Neptune was thought to have two moons: Voyager found six more.
When I was a boy, the solar system was thought to contain thirty moons. The total
now is "at least ninety," about a third of which have been found in just the last ten
It is a remarkable thought that that distant tiny twinkle has enough gravity to hold
all these comets in orbit. It's not a very strong bond, so the comets drift in a stately
manner, moving at only about 220 miles an hour. From time to time some of ...
What an interesting and exciting thought. We may be only one of millions of
advanced civilizations. Unfortunately, space being spacious, the average
distance between any two of these civilizations is reckoned to be at least two
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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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