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The book takes you from the gargantuan stars to subatomic particles in a matter of few pages. Richard Owen took advantage from this and tried to ruin Mantell’s reputation as an important contributor to the science of paleontology.

I commend Bryson for demonstrating how truly diminutive our time here on Earth is relative to the hitsoria imponderably vast history.

As I’ve repeatedly mentioned over the years, every time one of the casual-readers tells me I have to read something, like Harry Potter or the DaVinci Code, I dig my feet in deeper and resolve to never read it. His own objective to write this book was to understand himself so do not fret if you are put off simply because you are not acquainted with scientific texts.

His work led to the release of large quantities of lead into the atmosphere as a result of the large-scale combustion of leaded gasoline all over the world. This is fabulously effective at giving the names some context, not to mention a little personality.

View all 5 comments. He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK. Intellectual giants like Newton, Einstein, and many others, are brought to us with all their eccentricities. Se non proprio per noi, almeno per i nostri discendenti.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life’s quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner byrson the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result — eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly — in you. To those nerds in the brevw — myself included — don’t think your degrees mean you can pass this one over.


Subito dopo, quando rimangono solo due ore, compaiono le prime creature terrestri.

His beloved first wife, Marie, died at a young age inprobably from TBC. If you are an average-sized adult, you contain within you enough potential energy to explode with the force of THIRTY very large hydrogen bombs.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Paperbackpages. But I’d never before read that Lady Brewster fainted, or that one of Darwin’s Beagle colleagues wandered through the crowd, holding a Bible aloft and shouting “the Book, the Book! The next time you spray on Chanel No.

What’s more disappointing than the book though, is the overwhelming praise the book has gotten. Comprehensive but enjoyable to read as it is sometimes a bit ironic and humorous, but never misses the point.

View all 9 comments. A Short History of Nearly Everything. I’m a huge fan of Bill Bryson and have moved on to his Applacian Trail book. This book surprised me in the amount of effort the author took to go through book after book of different sciences, both old and new, and proceeded to connect the dots into several cohesive stories about our home, planet Earth, and its residents.

Three problems with this tripe: He settled in England inand worked in journalism until he became a full time writer. These are just stops along the enlightenment highway that Bill Bryson has paved! A course in the history of science should be mandatory for every teenager, and this should be the textbook. Bryson marshals science, history and philosophy to present a big-picture understanding of our universe from past to present. This is a great big-picture book.


He touches upon quantum physics, geology, the size of our solar system, the year without a summer, and other topics innumerable. In his book, he accomplishes an important thing, one of the most important things – he presents the data while at the same time never letting go of the terribly exciting feeling of discoveryand presenting information about the discoverers themselves. Villumsen then resumed his journey, but did not complete it.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

As an added bo First off, this is a huge departure from Bryson’s breezy, excellent travel logs. In fact, I suspect it was a little tougher than you realize. The chemistry lab held rows of specimen jars, more gas taps and burners and an underlying smell of something unpleasant and histofia dangerous.

View all 21 comments. Secondly, the fact that life is so tenuous makes one a little more philosophical.

Breve História de Quase Tudo

A critical look at science making and human behavior. But I didn’t ; I bdyson every single page of this highly readable and enjoyable book. Oh my gods, what a waste of perfectly good paper!

Bryson succeeds in explaining some complex topics in such a way that they can be understood by the layman. Concetti e fenomeni che avevo visto, ascoltato e letto tante volte, ma che rivisti tutti insieme prendono vita e luce nuova. While reading it, one might wish to remember all its content, but it’s written in a way allowing the reader to pick up the volume and start reading at any point, according to his interests, though Bryson relays all subjects in captivating and available way, with a big dose of humor.

A fascinating history of science. Yes, it’s a big, chunky book.