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A Short History Of Nearly Everything

A Short History Of Nearly Everything

Contributor(s) Bill Bryson
Binding Paperback
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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out 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. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
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Publication Date January 1, 2008
Publisher Black Swan
Contributor(s) Bill Bryson
Binding Paperback
ISBN 10 0552997048
ISBN 13 9780552997041
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  1.  A MUST READ 26 September, 2013 On
    It is common now for journalists of all kinds and hues turn authors with the hope of selling something. Such works are at best ego trips and the person who buys them is for great disappointment. But when the author goes by the name of Bill Bryson, the reader is in for a treat that takes place beyond the realms of the pages. As a reader, I felt transported from place to place and through different time periods starting with the earliest days of the universe. Along the course of the journey, I had the pleasure to meet great minds and Bryson helped me to know details that would have remained unknown to me.

    The work is called 'The Short History of Nearly Everything' and for a casual reader like me, the sweep and range of the author is truly gigantic. Bryson is able to explain things without the use of jargons. The language is simple and yet the examples and analogies stay firmly in the memory and that is what makes a good book different from books.

    I would definitely recommend this work to casual readers and also to science teachers who often are unable to give satisfactory explanations using simple language. That I feel is something that would surely ignite the minds of young children.
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