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.
... as I am, I will use them sparingly, though they are occasionally unavoidable,
not least in a chapter dealing with things on a cosmic scale. all, suddenly there
were swarms of photons, protons, electrons, neutrons, 14 LOST IN THE
all, suddenly there were swarms of photons, protons, electrons, neutrons, and
much else—between 10° and 10° of each, according to the standard Big Bang
theory. Such quantities are of course ungraspable. It is enough to know that in a ...
... the appearance in the sky of occasional unexplained points of light, new stars.
Improbably he wondered if the neutron—the subatomic particle that had just
been discovered in England by James THE REWEREND EVANS'S UNIVERSE
Atoms would literally be crushed together, their electrons forced into the nucleus,
forming neutrons. You would have a neutron star. Imagine a million really
weighty cannonballs squeezed down to the size of a marble and—well, you're
still not ...
One thing he sailed to see was that if a neutron star shrank enough it would
become so dense that even light couldn't escape its immense gravitational pull.
You would have a black hole. Unfortunately, Zwicky was held in such disdain by
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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 - Agne - Goodreads
It's a remarkable book. It reads like The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy but is about actual facts. Some things that really stuck with me: 1. The fact that we [humans] are here is astounding. 2. We ... Read full review
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