One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.
In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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I wish my 5th grader would listen to this!
Not at all like any other Bryson books (except for the subtle humor that Bryson interjects throughout his story telling). But what a great way of retelling the history of the world! Bryson does a fantastic job bringing us from the beginning of the universe (the theories of the Big Bang) to the current thinking in science in about 18 hours. While you'll never remember it all after one reading, you'll remember tid-bits and anecdotes that will be fascinating to perhaps only you. I've listened to this book about 3 or 4 times now and I learn/remember something new each time.
I wish I could buy this for the world
If money were no issue, if I could buy a gift to give everyone in the world, this would be my choice. The book and its message is that valuable. If you've already started reading it, don't you dare stop until you know Bryson's reason for writing it. Profound!
If you're feeling stressed or worried about life, or "worldly" things, this book is a must read. It is sure to have you pondering your cosmic insignificance. Only Bryson could make a book like this entertaining and humorous. I'd be thrilled if it were the World Histroy Book used to teach my children. Absolutely Amazing.