A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand?and, if possible, answer?the 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 In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand?and, if possible, answer?the oldest,...

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Title:A Short History of Nearly Everything
Author:Bill Bryson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:A Short History of Nearly Everything
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

A Short History of Nearly Everything Reviews

  • Otis Chandler
    Aug 19, 2006
    A fascinating history of science. Ever curious how everything we know about the world came to be - read this! I loved reading about what old greats like Darwin thought about the world - they were all right about most things, but also very wrong about some things - makes you wonder how ...
  • Jamie
    Apr 16, 2009
    Good grief if I had even one textbook half this enthralling in high school, who knows what kind of impassioned -ologist I would have grown up to be. I hereby petition Bryson to re-write all curriculum on behalf of the history of the world. I would run across things half-remembered f...
  • Sarah
    Aug 28, 2007
    Bryson's dead serious: this is a history of pretty much everything there is -- the planet, the solar system, the universe -- as well as a history of how we've come to know as much as we do. A book on science written by a non-scientist, this a perfect bridge between the humanities and t...
  • David
    Jul 31, 2008
    I am a scientist, and I found much of this book quite fascinating. The book certainly isn't comprehensive in any sense of the word--in fact it seems to roam in a semi-random sort of way; but the author's sense of humor and attention to colorful historical facts kept my interest from be...
  • Diane
    Oct 05, 2008
    I must admit that science is not my strong suit -- I've always been more of a Humanities gal. In high school, I had to work harder in my biology and chemistry classes, whereas English, history and social studies always came more easily to me. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly...
  • Paul Bryant
    Oct 06, 2007
    Okay, so here's my Bill Bryson story. I was in The Gladstone, a public house not too far from this very keyboard, with my friend Yvonne, who will remain nameless. We had been imbibing more than freely. A guy approached our table and asked me in a sly surreptitious manner if I was him. ...
  • Foster
    Oct 12, 2007
    This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. There, I said it Bryson's book combines the best qualities of science writers like Attenborough, Diamond, Durrell, and Wilson; presenting the information with the wit he is most known for. It is an amazing achievement to cond...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Nov 03, 2012
    A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything by American author Bill Bryson is a popular science book that explains some areas of science, using easily accessible language that appeals more so to the general public than many other books dedica...
  • Dan Schwent
    Dec 27, 2014
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's summation of life, the universe, and everything, a nice little easy-reading science book containing an overview of things every earthling should be aware of. As I've repeatedly mentioned over the years, every time one of the casu...
  • Patrick
    May 17, 2011
    Picked this up on audiobook when I was on tour and listened to it in my car. I found it fascinating and informative. Kinda like a reader's digest version of the history of science. And even though I knew a fair chunk of what was mention, there was a lot of material I'd never even h...
  • Dave Gaston
    Apr 19, 2010
    First off, this is a huge departure from Bryson's breezy, excellent travel logs. Secondly, this book should be read with some frequency. It is so densely packed with valuable insight, and sound bites of discovery that you could not possibly absorb it all with one pass. This is my secon...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Jul 14, 2011
    Stunning in scope and execution. Loved every page of it, even geology was made exciting. That really is some feat. ...
  • Manny
    Jan 02, 2013
    It's easy to nitpick A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson, by his own cheerful admission anything but a scientist, makes a fair number of mistakes. He says that all living creatures contain hox genes; he omits Alexander Friedmann and George Gamow from his description of how the...
  • Manny
    Oct 21, 2013
    A Short History of Goodreads Surveys show that nearly 40% of all Americans believe the history of literature started in 2007, when Amazon sold the first Kindle; indeed, Amazon Fundamentalists hold it as an article of faith that Jeff Bezos actually wrote all the world's e-books over ...
  • Grace Tjan
    Nov 30, 2009
    What I learned from this book (in no particular order) 1. Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold. The similarity in color seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible. Like, duh. I?m no scientist, but shou...
  • Mimi
    Nov 30, 2015
    Hands down my favorite science text written by a non-scientist, although I should mention I don't make a habit of seeking out science books written by non-scientists for kicks. Like most (sensible? pragmatic? responsible?) people, I prefer to read about science from people who actually...
  • Maciek
    May 30, 2010
    This is an immensely readable book with a truly monumental amount of information. While reading it, one might wish to remember all its content, but it's written in a way allowing the reader to pick up the volume and start reading at any point, according to his interests, though Bryson ...
  • Amir
    May 21, 2015
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  • D'Argo Agathon
    May 09, 2011
    Oh my gods, what a waste of perfectly good paper! I am flabbergasted that this has such consistently high reviews... Three problems with this tripe: 1. falsity of the science (most blatantly around cosmology, but not limited to any one field) and misunderstanding of scientific pri...
  • فهد الفهد
    Sep 09, 2014
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  • Andrew Smith
    Feb 27, 2017
    I was never any good at science. At the grammar school I attended we were shepherded into laboratories for lessons on physics, chemistry and biology. These were scary places; I?d never been anywhere like this before. The physics lab had gas taps and Bunsen burners and the walls were ...
  • Azumi
    Sep 22, 2016
    El libro, como su ttulo indica, da un repaso a un montn de temas como la cosmologa, la fsica, la qumica, geologa, paleontologa, zoologa, etc y etc... pero todo de una forma muy amena, fcil de entender, y sobre todo muy interesante. Muerta me he quedado con la descr...
  • Obied Alahmed
    Sep 10, 2017
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    Sep 16, 2016
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  • Mohamed al-Jamri
    Feb 21, 2016
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  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    Oct 07, 2014
    The best thing about this book is that it introduces other books you would like. It showed me that I should probably read more about Newton and Einstein, and that astronomy is something that I am still interested in. I did find myself scanning through certain sections because I already...
  • Paul E. Morph
    Nov 15, 2017
    A really interesting book. Bryson succeeds in explaining some complex topics in such a way that they can be understood by the layman. I enjoyed this one a great deal. If I had one complaint it would be that some of the tangents were allowed to run on a bit too long, to the point where ...
  • Greta
    Dec 10, 2016
    A short history of nearly everything This is a remarkable accomplishment. From the author, of course, but also from me, to have read it. I'm not a scientist, so when I started reading this book, I expected that I would skip some parts. But I didn't ; I read every single page of this...
  • Hussein Dehghani
    May 16, 2016
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  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 07, 2017
    Want a whirlwind worldwide romance adventure minus the romance? This is the book for you. This book really does cover nearly everything. From the Big Bang to current life on earth, Bill Bryson does wonderful job of breaking down complex theories and concepts to their essential messa...