A Short History of Nearly Everything (2020)

A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything 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 ev
  • Title: A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • ISBN: 9780767908177
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson 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 attachedIn 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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  1. Manny

    A Short History of Surveys 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 This is, of course, nonsense It has been conclusively demonstrated that literature is far older than the Kindle books already existed thousands of years ago, which were the direct ancestors of today s e publications For e [...]

  2. Jamie

    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 study guides and think, You mean this is what they were talking about You have got to be kidding me It s never condescending, always a joy.In fact, what I loved most is the acute, childlike sense of wond [...]

  3. Paul Bryant

    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 Bryson Now it is true that I bear a very slight resemblancebut you could also say that about Bjorn from Abbaand a zillion other white guys with beards and gently rounded fizzogs Anyway, without missing a [...]

  4. Grace Tjan

    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 enough 2 In the early 1800s there arose in England a fashion for inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, after it was discovered that its use was attended by a highly pleasurable thrilling For the next ha [...]

  5. Sarah

    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 course in the history of science should be mandatory for every teenager, and this should be the textbook.Yes, it s a big, chunky book No, it can t be trimmed down any further when you re addressing co [...]

  6. Dan Schwent

    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 me I have to read something, like Harry Potter or the DaVinci Code, I dig my feet in deeper and resolve to never read it This is one of the occasions I should have shaved a decade off of my stubbornnes [...]

  7. Manny

    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 theory was developed when talking about Darwin and Paley, he doesn t seem to be aware that Natural Theology was one of Darwin s favorite books and had a huge influence on him Those are just a few of the glit [...]

  8. Patrick

    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 before Fair warning If you are prone to worry about, say, the end of the world This probably isn t the book for you.

  9. Foster

    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 of human scientific knowledge into 478 pages, but Bryson has done it I completely agree with Tim Flannery, who writes on the jacket that all schools would be better places if it were the core science [...]

  10. Andrew Smith

    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 incomprehensible charts The chemistry lab held rows of specimen jars, gas taps and burners and an underlying smell of something unpleasant and vaguely dangerous The biology lab displayed pictures and diagram [...]

  11. Miranda Reads

    Want a whirlwind worldwide romance adventure minus the romance This is the book for you.This book really does cover nearly everything From the Big Bang to current life on earth, Bill Bryson does wonderful job of breaking down complex theories and concepts to their essential message Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.Though, sometimes hegets a bit wordy.Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, o [...]

  12. Ahmad Sharabiani

    A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson 2005 1384 615 9645676487 21 1388 512 9786005204155 1390 171 9786001033636 .

  13. Otis Chandler

    A fascinating history of science Ever curious how everything we know about the world came to be read this I loved reading about what old greats like Darwin thought about the world they were all right about most things, but also very wrong about some things makes you wonder how much we are wrong about today Another interesting piece was how many of the world s prominent scientists had the time to do their research because they came from rich families Very different from todays notion of trust fun [...]

  14. Jonathan Ashleigh

    The best thing about this book is that it introduces other books you would like It showed me that I should probably read about Newton and Einstein, and that astronomy is something that I am still interested in I did find myself scanning through certain sections because I already understood them well the vastness of the universe or I don t think I will ever understand them complicated aspects of biology Like all science book, they get outdated fast but this one is still holding up, at least for [...]

  15. Riku Sayuj

    Stunning in scope and execution Loved every page of it, even geology was made exciting That really is some feat.

  16. Dave Gaston

    First off, this is a huge departure from Bryson s breezy, excellent travel logs Secondly, this book should be read with some frequency It is so densely packed with valuable insight, and sound bites of discovery that you could not possibly absorb it all with one pass This is my second time reading it and I plan on doing it again next year The organizational structure is a wonderful series of loosely connected cameos covering several essential and enlightened discoveries of man As an added bonus, [...]

  17. Greta

    A short history of nearly everythingThis is a remarkable accomplishment From the author, of course, but also from me, to have read it I m not a scientist, so when I started reading this book, I expected that I would skip some parts But I didn t I read every single page of this highly readable and enjoyable book I won t bother you with all the scientific stuff I learned Instead, I compiled a top 5 list of the frightful fates of some scientists 1 Max Planck 1858 1947 was a German theoretical physi [...]

  18. Diane

    I must admit that science is not my strong suit I ve always been of a Humanities gal In high school, I had to work harder in my biology and chemistry classes, whereas English, history and social studies always came easily to me.Bill Bryson s A Short History of Nearly Everything is a good overview of all the science classes I didn t take or don t remember in college It s like Intro to Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Astronomy all in one wonderfully droll book Since I read very few books about s [...]

  19. Paul

    A really interesting book Bryson succeeds in explaining some complex topics in such a way that they can be understood by the layman I enjoyed this one a great deal If I had one complaint it would be that some of the tangents were allowed to run on a bit too long, to the point where I almost forgot what the author was talking about in the first place.

  20. Maciek

    This is an immensely readable book with a truly monumental amount of information While reading it, one might wish to remember all its content, but it s written in a way allowing the reader to pick up the volume and start reading at any point, according to his interests, though Bryson relays all subjects in captivating and available way, with a big dose of humor.This is a weighty book 600 pages but Bryson s not joking He really tries to cover everything, from the beginning of the universe and the [...]

  21. Mimi

    Hands down my favorite science text written by a non scientist, although I should mention I don t make a habit of seeking out science books written by non scientists for kicks Like most sensible pragmatic responsible people, I prefer to read about science from people who actually practice science Bill Bryson is the only exception though because he s an exceptionally gifted writer who just happens to share my sense of humor that the end is nigh and that maybe is not necessarily such a terrible th [...]

  22. David

    I am a scientist, and I found much of this book quite fascinating The book certainly isn t comprehensive in any sense of the word in fact it seems to roam in a semi random sort of way but the author s sense of humor and attention to colorful historical facts kept my interest from beginning to end.One of the themes of this book, is that when someone comes up with with a new discovery, there are three stages before it is accepted 1 Nobody believes it 2 Nobody thinks it is important3 It gets attrib [...]

  23. Azumi

    El libro, como su t tulo indica, da un repaso a un mont n de temas como la cosmolog a, la f sica, la qu mica, geolog a, paleontolog a, zoolog a, etc y etc pero todo de una forma muy amena, f cil de entender, y sobre todo muy interesante.Muerta me he quedado con la descripci n de los miles de peligros que nos rodean, y que si estamos aqu hoy en d a en este planeta es por pu etera casualidad u_u

  24. Shaimaa Ali

    That was an Encyclopedia not a book Bryson has taken us in a journey from Cosmos till we reached our Planet Earth , then went into micro details of almost all beings till he ended with us Humans I m thrilled by his knowledge all the scientific facts theories in this book The only weak point would be the prolonged, unnecessary details sometimes

  25. Daniel Bastian

    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 moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly in you A Short History of Nearly Everything is not as impossibly far reaching as the title would indicate A [...]

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