A Short History Of Nearly Everything

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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

very readable

 on 18 July 2017
By Ross
Very readable, as always with Bryson. Lost one point as i would have liked a bit more emphasis on the scientific and less on the biographical.

Go grab you a copy

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 April 2017
By Darren Ramsay
Still reading but it’s super interesting and insightful! I think everyone should read this book as it makes senseless sense. And answers a lot of the questions you ask yourself about the world!

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.

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.

Wonderful as I have come to expect from Bill Bryson

 on 17 August 2017
By Saeed ZN
Wonderful as I have come to expect from Bill Bryson! It is a shame I did not have a teacher like him for science at high school.

Great book!

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 December 2012
By Bob
I found this book to be a great read – so much so that I bought another as a gift as part of a secret santa at work.

Well done and Love it.

 on 16 February 2017
By Susan from Manchester
Excellent copy. Brilliant book. Can be slow going as i can only take in so much. Very readable and makes you feel you understand complex matters. Love it. Thankyou.

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