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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Excited, I took the book home that night and opened it before dinner– an action
that I expect prompted my mother to feel my forehead and ask if I was all right—
and, starting with the first page, I read. And here's the thing. It wasn't exciting at all
Now a natural question is why it took so long for anyone to find a moon in our
own solar system. The answer is that it is partly a matter of where astronomers
point their instruments and partly a matter of what their instruments are designed
Even so, it took them nine years to reach Uranus and a dozen to cross the orbit of
Pluto. The good news is that if we wait until January 2006 (which is when NASA's
New Horizons spacecraft is tentatively scheduled to depart for Pluto) we can ...
Now even amateurs are finding supernovae with charge-coupled devices. "With
CCDs you can aim a telescope at the sky and go watch television." Evans said
with a touch of dismay. “It took all the romance out of it." I asked him if he was ...
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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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