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TitleA Short History of Nearly Everything
AuthorBill Bryson
ISBN076790818X
ImprintBill Bryson Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages544

Description

In Bryson s 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 involving or entertaining.

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Manny

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

A Short History of GoodreadsSurveys show that nearly 40% of all Americans believe the history of literature started in 2007, when sold the first Kindle indeed, Fundamentalists hold it as an article of faith that Jeff Bezos actually wrote all the world s e books over a period of six days Thi... (Sign in to see more)


Jamie

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

Good grief if I had even one textbook half this enthralling in high school, who knows what kind of impassioned ologist I would have grown up to be I hereby petition Bryson to re write all curriculum on behalf of the history of the world.I would run across things half remembered from midterms and stu... (Sign in to see more)


Paul Bryant

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

Okay, so here s my Bill Bryson story I was in The Gladstone, a public house not too far from this very keyboard, with my friend Yvonne, who will remain nameless We had been imbibing than freely A guy approached our table and asked me in a sly surreptitious manner if I was him Him who Was I Bill Bry... (Sign in to see more)


Grace Tjan

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold The similarity in color seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible Like, duh I m no scientist, but shouldn t it be obvious enoug... (Sign in to see more)


Sarah

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

Bryson s dead serious this is a history of pretty much everything there is the planet, the solar system, the universe as well as a history of how we ve come to know as much as we do A book on science written by a non scientist, this a perfect bridge between the humanities and the natural sciences A ... (Sign in to see more)


Dan Schwent

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson s summation of life, the universe, and everything, a nice little easy reading science book containing an overview of things every earthling should be aware of.As I ve repeatedly mentioned over the years, every time one of the casual readers tells m... (Sign in to see more)


Manny

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

It s easy to nitpick A Short History of Nearly Everything Bryson, by his own cheerful admission anything but a scientist, makes a fair number of mistakes He says that all living creatures contain hox genes he omits Alexander Friedmann and George Gamow from his description of how the Big Bang ... (Sign in to see more)


Patrick

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

Picked this up on audiobook when I was on tour and listened to it in my car I found it fascinating and informative Kinda like a reader s digest version of the history of science And even though I knew a fair chunk of what was mention, there was a lot of material I d never even had a glimmer of befor... (Sign in to see more)


Foster

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read There, I said itBryson s book combines the best qualities of science writers like Attenborough, Diamond, Durrell, and Wilson presenting the information with the wit he is most known for It is an amazing achievement to condense the entire base ... (Sign in to see more)


Andrew Smith

A Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

I was never any good at science At the grammar school I attended we were shepherded into laboratories for lessons on physics, chemistry and biology These were scary places I d never been anywhere like this before The physics lab had gas taps and Bunsen burners and the walls were filled with incompre... (Sign in to see more)


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