A Short History of Nearly Everything (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, May 6, 2003 - History - 544 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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It shows great curiosity on the part of the writer. - Flipkart
The illustrated version is great for its rare pictures. - Flipkart
His witty writing keeps you glued to the book. - Flipkart
Research of roughly five years put in a fat book. - Flipkart

Simply Fascinating !

User Review  - Kunal Chawla - Flipkart

Frankly speaking, I had always been curious about reading this book, but never bought it, thinking that it would be as complex and dull (sorry Stephen Hawking) as "The Theory of Everything". But last ... Read full review

A must read..

User Review  - sushil kolhatkar - Flipkart

The style of Bill Bryson telling complex things in entertaining way keeps the reader going... Recommended for young and old both who want to know about everything..without feeling a burden of "studying". Read full review

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
2
PARTI LOST IN THE COSMOS
8
DANGEROUS PLAN
13
TIIE SIZE OF THE EARTH
42
The Measme ofTl1ings
65
Science Red in Tooth and Claw
81
A NEW AGE IVIS I 1
133
LIFE ITSELF
236
PART TH E ROAD TO US I17
419
NOTES
473
BIBLIOGRAPHY
517
INDEX
529
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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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