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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Space cannot even properly be said to be expanding because, as the physicist
and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg notes, "solar systems and galaxies are not
expanding, and space itself is not expanding." Rather, the galaxies are rushing ...
The cosmic rays notion, though considered plausible, hasn't been verified yet.
Altogether, the abstract was, in the words of Caltech astrophysicist Kip S. Thorne,
"one of the most prescient documents in the history of physics and astronomy.
It was he who coined the term “Big Bang" in a moment of facetiousness, for a
radio broadcast in 1952. He pointed out that nothing in our understanding of
physics could account for why everything, gathered to a THE REWEREND
derstanding of physics could account for why everything, gathered to a point,
would suddenly and dramatically begin to expand. Hoyle favored a steady-state
theory in which the universe was constantly expanding and continually creating
Indeed the greater part of what he did wasn't known until the late nineteenth
century when the Cambridge physicist James Clerk Maxwell took on the task of
editing Cavendish's papers, by which time credit had nearly always been given to
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Review: A Short History of Nearly EverythingUser Review - Richard Maddocks - Goodreads
I wanted to love it because I thought the premise was so interesting. I felt the book jumped from mind mindbogglingly fascinating to mind mindbogglingly dull and back then back again. I should add ... 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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