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- DescriptionBill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being thing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that rmally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's t so much about what we kw, as about how we kw what we kw. How do we kw what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
- Author BiographyBill Bryson is much loved for his bestselling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, but Notes from a Small Island has earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart (a national poll for World Book Day in 2003 voted it the book that best represents Britain). His acclaimed A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has now returned to live in the UK with his wife and family. www.billbryson.co.uk
- PrizesWinner of Descartes Prize for Science Communication 2005.
- Author(s)Bill Bryson
- PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication01/06/2004
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleBryson
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlack Swan
- Out-of-print date25/05/2016
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width127 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Format DetailsA-format paperback,B-format paperback
Most relevant reviews
- 2005joantennis15 Sep, 2016byTop favourable review
Grand in scope and a delight for the curious imagination
Creation is more wonderful that we imagine. Bill Bryson brings so much of it to life in this now slightly dated (first published in 2003) but nevertheless compelling overview. Indeed a short history of "nearly everything"! Whether you paid attention in your science classes or not this is a worthwhile and very informative companion. No need to read it cover-to-cover in one go - it's a pleasure to pick up when the mood takes you and never disappoints. A few "facts" are dated now ... the Higgs Boson was then yet to reveal itself ... and there are critics of some of the illustrative numerical examples such as the relative size of Pluto and the other planets. But, these are minor defects. The sheer breadth of coverage and the dramatic way the subjects are treated using historical and some still current figures makes this a must-read guide to the world as we know it. Still a fabulous read. Read full review
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- grahamt59503 May, 2016byTop critical review
A short history of nearly everything.
It's a bit serious. I was expecting something more light hearted like his other works.
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- shortbuzzdude08 Jun, 2017by
Awesome brief history of science
Broken up into digestible bites with Bill Bryson's excellent, concise, funny writing style!
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- kayc652907 Feb, 2013by
A book everyone should read.
I left school after third form [ year nine ] to enter the work force. I'm now in my 65th. year and still find people and the world an interesting place. This book I would recommend to anyone. The information within would help any young person to maybe choose a direction in science or an older person to try and understand just how big the universe is and how smart some people are down here on our little planet. It tells of the science of things and people over the years in a very readable way. I would recommend this book by Bill Bryson to anyone. It's interesting from start to finish and a book I keep referring back too. If you haven't read it then you should. It's very entertaining and makes science a lot more understandable for the layperson. A must read.
- lizb999912 Jan, 2012by
A very good read!
I bought this book for my husband as part of his Christmas presents as it was highly recommended by a friend. He has not finished reading it but is, so far, really enjoying it. I'm looking forward to having a read of it myself.
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