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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bryson, Bill (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Short History of Nearly Everything


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One of the world's most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer 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.
Authors: Bryson, Bill
Title: A short history of nearly everything
Publisher: New York :, Broadway Books,, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: ix, 544 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 076790818X
9780767908184
0767908171
Branch Call Number: 500 B916s 2003
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Report This Aug 14, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you want to crack up while reading about cells, get a little worried about volcanic activity, and learn about the many quirks that famous scientists of the past have had, this book is excellent. I giggled and texted quotes to people every time I sat down to read.

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  • biblioisseur rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books. It is such a fun read. It is one one of the very few non-reference books I own.

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  • oldhag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is neither short, nor does it cover everything, but it is an enjoyable read about developments in different fields of science, and the mad/genius people who did/do populate the scientific arena.

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  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good read with interesting prospective that anyone can read. Great for an overall history.

I basically skimmed through this book and this "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is pretty much a short history of nearly everything in the western world. It does not really explore other milestones, achievements or important facts of the rest of the world from Africa to Asia or early America. After seeing this I did not bother to read into it because my opinion was that the book is biased if it covers only a small portion of the world and claims that to be a short history of nearly Everything. It Is NOT.

Report This Sep 29, 2011
  • giddyleu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At last, a science book most of us can read and understand. Very witty. He makes you feel the wonder of the world we live in.

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  • Delta rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is a fabulous book. A must read for anyone who is interested in the science of how the world works. Read this book, it's mind expanding.

Report This Mar 30, 2011
  • bookpatty rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mind blowing!!

Report This Mar 04, 2011
  • lilwordworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love science books that are also well written. It satisfies both sides of me. This book is especially good because it also satisfies my extremely short attention span. Bored of atoms? Then let's talk about some dinosaurs. Note though, since each section is really short, you are not going to ace your bio/chem/physics exam just by reading this intro to it but it's good fun.

Report This Aug 26, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very light-hearted, enjoyable book to read.

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