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A Short History of Nearly Everything

17 Ratings: 3.0
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From primordial nothingness to this very moment,A Short History of Nearly Everythingreports what happened and how humans figured it out. To accomplish this daunting literary task, Bill Bryson uses hundreds of sources, from popular science books to interviews … see full wiki

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Genre: Professional & Technical, Science
Publisher: Broadway
15 reviews about A Short History of Nearly Everything
review by . July 16, 2008
Frustrating book full of interesting insights into the edges of scientific inquiry where every mystery screams "omniscient design"; the book never mentions God.
review by . June 17, 2010
Bill Bryon is most well-known for his exceedingly funny travelogues, but A Short History of Nearly Everything is his first foray into science writing. In the intro, he describes growing up suspecting that science was actually incredibly fascinating, only to have this belief crushed when the authors of his science textbooks “remained mute on everything except anticlines, synclines, and axial faults, believed everything became crystal clear when expressed as a formula, and maintained the amusingly …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
review by . August 19, 2011
As someone who has spent almost all of my adult life studying and teaching science, I always appreciate getting across and reading a good book that can present even the most complex scientific ideas in an accessible and informative way. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" sets to give a brief and fairly comprehensive account of most major scientific disciplines. As the title suggests, this account is primarily historical, both in terms of the dates of important discoveries, as well …
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
This book attempts to explain (nearly) everything scientific in the world to the average reader and he certainly does a great job. He humorously discusses all kinds of things that happen in our world so that is easily understandable, but not superficial either.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
lots of information but worth the time
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Fun read. I listened to this one on my iPod while training for a marathon, and it kept me entertained during long runs.
review by . July 08, 2009
I'd heard quite a bit about this book so decided to finally read it. I'm not a professional scientist, but have read widely on evolution and astronomy. However, even I found this book a bit too short. It's really geared toward people with little understanding of the science of astronomy or life. Having said that, it might be a good read for people with no prior interest or knowledge of these fields of science. Hopefully it will encourage more people to pursue careers in these fields. But it may …
review by . August 07, 2007
Most of us have something in common with Bill Bryson. We are not scientists and, for the most part, we really do not understand science despite however many science classes we sat through during our school days. Bryson realized that about himself and, because his curiosity was still very much alive, he decided to do something about it. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the result. And when Bryson says "nearly everything," he is not joking.    The book consists of an introduction, …
review by . July 06, 2007
Thus begins Bill Bryson's Introduction: "Welcome. And congratulations. I am delighted that you could make it. Getting here wasn't easy, I know. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize...Of the billions and billions of species of living things that have existed since the dawn of time, most - 99.99 percent are no longer around. Life, you see, is not only brief but dismayingly tenuous. It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting …
review by . June 11, 2003
I'm a Liberal Arts kind of guy, and science and math always left me cold. Having struggled through those difficult courses in high school, I resolved never to think about that type of thing again. Bill Bryson, however, is my kind of writer: erudite, and witty, with the uncanny knack of taking complicated ideas and conveying them in ways that non-technical people can uhderstand, and enjoy. This book is an excellent example of Bryson at his best, and he gave me a new appreciation of science. I only …
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