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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out 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. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?

On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2874 KB
  • Print Length: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (23 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035OC7VI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Brilliant

 on 30 October 2017
By Jess
Very enjoyable. I’ve only just started reading Bill Bryson’s books (not sure why it has taken me so long) and now can’t stop. Turns out he’s as good as everyone says. Am working my way through his backlist. Love his wry humour. I’m sure he could make the phone book funny.

Easy to ready and to get a new understand of …

 on 27 August 2017
By Rebecca Reviewer
Easy to ready and to get a new understand of our universe. Bryson makes the science interesting and relatable. As always very witty and funny writing.

Brilliant!

 on 23 August 2017
By Landscombe
Just started this, having bought it on a friend’s recommendation. So far can’t put it down. It’s funny and really interesting. A must read.

Bryson is always good value

 on 5 August 2017
By L. Cohen
Not THAT short tbh. And there’s loads of things that aren’t included. But good for youngsters as a primer about the world.

Five Stars

 on 26 August 2017
By A. Rodriguez-Veglio
Fascinating from beginning to end. So much research imparting so much knowledge – and learning for the reader.

the Kindle and audio versions of this amazing book. As a writer

 on 13 July 2014
By Kindle Customer
This book should be standard reading in schools. i originally borrowed this book from a friend, after reading it the first time, I had to get myself a copy, 3 actually. I have the paper back, the Kindle and audio versions of this amazing book. As a writer, Mr Bryson has an easy to read style of writing you don’t find in most text books.

Buckle have to go back and read it few times …

 on 30 October 2017
By dawn a griffiths
Buckle have to go back and read it few times though as it’s a lot to take in all at once

Excellent

 on 13 April 2017
By Fennie Somerville
Excellent book for those who want to know how we are made up, the universe and all that surrounds it. Learned a lot but was amused too.

Four Stars

 on 3 August 2017
By Val B
Enjoy his books and proves to be a good coffee table read, thank you.
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