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A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author Bill Bryson

  • Published: 2003-05-06
  • Category: Science & Nature
4.5 Stars
4.5
From 28 Customers Review
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Description

One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers 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 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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Top Customer Reviews

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    5
    From frsky now
    Absolutely incredible! These two words sum up this book, its dutifully researched descriptions of what we know and don't know about Earth and outer space and everything in between. I am not sure how Bryson possibly had time to learn about seemingly every possible facet of our current and past existence, but he has presented it in such a spectacular and interesting way, I am in awe of him, as a writer. Upon presenting this exceptional deluge of thoughts, research and facts, though, it becomes apparent that for all we DO know about geology, history, space and science, there is a plethora of things we DON'T know...but hey, that is what makes life interesting! Definitely one of the best, and best researched books I have ever read, hands down!
  • Best science book

    5
    From Bobyyyjaaa
    One of the best science book I have ever read. Very accessible and well written! Everyone should read this to get at least a minimum knowledge in science!
  • Fantastic Read

    5
    From JoshRoDah
    Not only is this book informative over a wide variety of topics, it is also written incredibly well and is wildly entertaining. It remains accessible despite the content. Highly recommended.