A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Broadway Books, 2003 - Science - 544 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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
LOST IN THE COSMOS
8
TIIE SIZE OF THE EARTII 41
43
PART Ill A NEW AGE DAWNS ll?
134
IV
186
VI
222
LIFE ITSELF
236
Into the Troposphere
257
Small orld
321
Goodbye to All That
337
The Richness of Being
351
Iamins Singular Notion
399
TH E ROAD TO
419
The Mysterious Biped
435
The Restless
455
Goodbye
469

The Bounding Main
271
The Rise of Life
289
lb?
491

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\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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