A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

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Corgi Children's, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 169 pages
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Bill's own fascination with science began with a battered old schoolbook he had when he was about ten or eleven years old in America. It had an illustration that captivated him - a cutaway diagram showing Earth's interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and carefully removed about a quarter of its bulk. The idea of lots of startled cars and people falling off the edge of that sudden cliff(and 4,000 miles is a pretty long way to fall) was what grabbed him in the beginning, but gradually his attention turned to what the picture was trying to teach him - namely, that Earth's interior is made up of several different layers of materials, and at the very centre of it all is a glowing sphere of iron and nickel, which is as hot as the surface of the Sun, according to the caption. And he very clearly remembers thinking: "How do they know that?" Bill's story-telling skill makes the "How?" and, just as importantly, the "Who?" of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. In this exciting new edition for younger readers, he covers the wonder and mysteries of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the crackpot theories which held sway for far too long, the extraordinary accidental discoveries which suddenly advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and, against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.

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Review: A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (Young Adult)

User Review  - Frieda Vizel - Goodreads

I love Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything", a 500 page tome on science. This is the encyclopedic version, the version you want to have at home and browse through with your kid. It is informative and fascinating and the illustrations are appropriate for all ages. Read full review

Review: A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (Young Adult)

User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

Wonderful audiobook for a long road trip. Entertained me, husband and 8 year old. 5 year old was not amused. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society's Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home: a Short History of Private Life, and his newest book is One Summer: America 1927. He was born in the American Mid-West, and lives in the UK.

Visit his website: www.billbryson.co.uk

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