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.
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One of the best books around
I'm a prolific reader and this remains one of the best books I've ever read. Changed the way I viewed the world and science. Takes difficult concepts and makes them amazingly interesting and entertaining. Do yourself a favour and read it.
This book basically unravels and entertainingly educates you on 100's of those little things you may have wondered about everything in the world. It is brilliant at keeping you reading as it gives a very 'human' side to all the hyper competitiveness, eccentricity and skulduggery contained in the leading and not so leading scientists of the day.
I have read this now a number of times and started reading it with my kids. They loved it too.