A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date: 2010-03-02
  • Genre: History
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Excellent

    5
    By mjkalba
    A most accessible book
  • Best book I have ever read

    5
    By Miayre1
    I have read this book several times and still love it to this day, even if some of the modern science is a little out of date. This should be a mandatory read in every school
  • A short history of nearly everything

    5
    By Gkpratt
    I Really enjoyed this book. A great history of the world and universe compacted into a book. A really enjoyable book i will read it again :-) :-)
  • Great book.

    5
    By dodona
    This is definitely in my top 5 favourite books. I go back to it time and time again....
  • Loved the sample

    5
    By Raphieeeeeee
    The sample was brilliant, if the whole book is anything like the start then definitely read it!
  • A brilliant book and a great listening experience

    5
    By Homayon
    Once I started it could not put it down (my headphone that is). Superb book, well presented and I am sure will be on my listening lists for a long time to come.
  • Brillliant

    5
    By bookworm 2
    This book is interesting, well written and amazing (in the true sense of the word). You can easily dip in and out of it and maybe read about dinosaurs one day and the big bang another. Even though it is written for the lay person and is truly absorbing, I personally find it very difficult to hold all the information in my head and often go back to a chapter I've read before. I wish this book had been around when I'd been at school because it makes the subjects I found dry and boring so much more exciting.
  • Mr Rankin

    5
    By Andy434
    Inspiring. I have read this book several times and enjoyed it as much each time. If I had read it aged 14 I'm sure it would have influenced my career.
  • Great read!

    5
    By topsturner
    One of my favourite books - brilliantly written, if you want an enlightening and enjoyable non-fiction read look no further.
  • Dr Peter Cass

    5
    By Sydham Farmer
    A brilliant book which humbles us in our insignificance yet gives hope. We are in a way immortal and we will meet again in the stars! Well written for anyone although some scientific knowledge, however basic, complements the book and makes the facts and figures even more mind boggling.

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