A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Nov 30, 2010 - History - 624 pages
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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 Trailwell, 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 understandand, if possible, answerthe 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.

  

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a very quick "History of Everything." Very nice with good background stories that make the history more relevant.

Contents

CELLS
DARWINS SINGULAR NOTION
THE STUFF OF LIFE
ICE TIME
THE MYSTERIOUS BIPED
THE RESTLESS APE
GOODBYE
NOTES

ELEMENTAL MATTERS
EINSTEINS UNIVERSE
THE MIGHTY ATOM
GETTING THE LEAD OUT
MUSTER MARKS QUARKS
THE EARTH MOVES
BANG
THE FIRE BELOW
DANGEROUS BEAUTY
LONELY PLANET
INTO THE TROPOSPHERE
THE BOUNDING MAIN
THE RISE OF LIFE
SMALL WORLD
LIFE GOES ON
GOODBYE TO ALL THAT
THE RICHNESS OF BEING
The Rise of Life
Small World
Life Goes On
Goodbye to All That
The Richness of Being
Cells
Darwins Singular Notion
The Stuff of Life
Ice Time
The Mysterious Biped
The Restless Ape
Goodbye
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATIONS
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

BILL BRYSON'S Bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I’m a Stranger Here Myself, In A Sunburned Country, Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Bill Bryson's African Diary, and A Short History of Nearly Everything. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children.


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