A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Crown/Archetype, 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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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I was not overly impressed. Almost everything was either something I knew, or something I don't care about (personal problems of long-dead geologists), or was out-of-date (status of Pluto). If he'd ... Read full review

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User Review  - jms001 - LibraryThing

I can definitely say that this is the more interesting and attention grabbing science book I have ever read. It's all non-fiction, but that shouldn't stop you. Whether you might feel that you're NOT ... Read full review

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Contents

LOST IN THE COSMOS
7
DANGEROUS PLANET
13
THE SIZE OF THE EARTH
41
The StoneBreakers
63
Science Red in Tooth and Claw
79
Elemental Matters
97
A NEWAGE DAWNS
113
Getting the Lead Out
149
LIFE ITSELF
237
PART THE ROAD TO
417
NoTES
473
BIBLIOGRAPHY
517
INDEX
530
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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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