- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Random House; Latest edition (19 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781784161859
- ISBN-13: 978-1784161859
- ASIN: 1784161853
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything (Re-issue) (Bryson) Paperback – 19 Sep 2016
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"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)
"A fascinating idea, and I can't think of many writers, other than Bryson, who would do it this well. It's the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists. And the famous, slightly cynical humour is always there" (Evening Standard)
"A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers ... A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again" (Daily Express)
"Of course, there are people much better qualified than Bill Bryson to attempt a project of this magnitude. None of them, however, can write fluent Brysonese, which, as pretty much the entire Western reading public now knows, is an appealing mixture of self-deprecation, wryness and punnery" (Spectator)
"The very book I have been looking for most of my life... Bryson wears his knowledge with aplomb and a lot of very good jokes" (Daily Mail)
About the Author
Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island.
His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, on history and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestsellers were At Home: a Short History of Private Life and One Summer: America 1927
Bill Bryson was born in the American Midwest and now lives in the UK. A former Chancellor of Durham University, he was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for five years and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.
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Once you read it, you will really appreciate the little and big things in life which we usually take for granted. We are a small speck in the grand scheme of the universe
But if you are looking for scholarly work in order to pursue science as profession, it wouldn't help you much. Nevertheless the book never claimed it to be for professionals.
Considering that his other books are on travel , switching to writing on practically every topic in science and to explain it in a way that most can understand and enjoy, is commendable.
The book covers every thing from the infinite ( universe) to the infinitesimal ( atomic level), in a humorous and interesting way. It covers the journey of scientific discovery of the wonderful world around us -Astronomy, Physics, Geology, Paleontology- the list is quite exhaustive. This along with the associated history and anecdotes about the people who made these discoveries. Doing all of these in some 300 odd pages is the work of a genius.
This book certainly helped me appreciate minute details of the creation around us and our relative insignificance. This is contrary to our belief in our importance as individuals and that of the human race.
What an audacious attempt to write the brief history of nearly EVERYTHING! and what an achievement to Succeed in doing so too!
Its worthless to even try to read religion & philosophy without knowing how we reached here.. and what times we live in. The clues to what saints and sages have been searching for all along is right here! helps put everything in perspective
If you read it you'll both enjoy it and have a short education on nearly everything.
This book gives the non-specialist an understandable overview of what scientists have discovered about our universe.
He not only presents interesting facts, but he provides who found out the information and how they found it, all the while throwing in humorous comments to keep the reader interested.
If you have any interest in Science at all, this is a great read.