A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 16/06/2016
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Synopsis

Of the billions and billions of species of living things that have existed since the dawn of time, most - 99.9% it has been suggested - are no longer around. Life on Earth, you see is not only brief, but dismayingly tenuous. 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. 'Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written' - Sunday Telegraph

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784161859
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Weight: 476g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 33 mm

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A Short History of Nearly Everything
Brilliant
I've only just read this book and as always loved it. Bill Bryson just seems to cut to the heart of the matter but still meander on the way there! Really f... READ MORE
Pamela Brader
A Short History of Nearly Everything
the ultimate one stop shop for history if science.
Re-reading it ahead of the new release of 'the body' and, despite knowing/remembering a lot of this stuff... The writing flair is so worth coming back for.... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
A Short History of Nearly Everything
bryson at his best.
Bought this book 2 Mths ago .....now read it twice, fascinating and easy to understand .well worth buying , highly recommended.
john clelland
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Captivating o every chapter and topic
My world opened at every page, I learned, grew and became inspired. Such an interesting and well written book.
Katie Burgos-Crossley
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Amazing!
Amazing, absolutely loved this book. There is an interesting fact on almost every page. Bryson's eloquence and simplicity in writing make what seems a ... READ MORE
Andrew Payne
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Full of facts and personality!
This wonderful book by Bill Bryson does just what the title tells us: it gives us a short history of nearly everything. Full of science, this book can be h... READ MORE
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