A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Doubleday Canada, 2004 - Science - 560 pages
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One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers 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 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.

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Fun and educational! - LibraryThing
Bill Bryson's is a really great writer. - LibraryThing
Stunning overview of . . . just about everything. - LibraryThing
It was educational, but in a very funny way. - LibraryThing
Contains no scientific insights whatsoever. - LibraryThing

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Bill Bryson presents an overview of the history of the Natural Sciences, which study the rules of the natural world. This book covers significant discoveries in each field, and context of the lives ... Read full review

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I'm a Bill Bryson fan but this is my favorite of his as I'm interested in almost all things science. I appreciate the fact that he takes very difficult topics and makes them accessible and interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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