A Short History of Nearly Everything

Front Cover
Transworld, Mar 2, 2010 - Science - 672 pages

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1778
4 stars
1178
3 stars
374
2 stars
91
1 star
48

Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything

User Review  - Kamesh Chivukula - Goodreads

A great book on the history off science from a master story teller. After reading this book I was Grief stricken for not choosing science as a career of choice. After reading the paper back, I brought ... Read full review

Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything

User Review  - Ankit - Goodreads

So much to learn, so little time. Bill Bryson does a great job of taking us from the origins of the universe, the geology of the Earth, scientific discoveries and how modern human beings came to be ... Read full review

All 7 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2010)

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years, but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Road to Little Dribbling, The Lost Continent, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods and Down Under. In a national poll, Notes from a Small Island was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of its decade in the UK. His new book The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy.

Bibliographic information