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.
For the next many years (we hope) these tiny particles will uncomplainingly
engage in all the billions of dest, cooperative efforts necessary to keep you intact
and let you experience the supremely agreeable but generally underappreciated
Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved,
stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest
of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right ...
i how TO BUiLD A UNiverse - - - - - - - tiny, how spatially unassuming, is a proton.
It is just way too small. - A proton is an infinitesimal part of an atom, which is itself
of course an insubstantial thing. Protons are so small that a little dib of ink like ...
If the universe had formed just a tiny bit differently—if gravity were fractionally
stronger or weaker, if the expansion had proceeded just a little more slowly or
swiftly—then there might never have been stable elements to make you and me
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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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