A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

Book - 2008
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Bill Bryson's own fascination with science began with a battered old school book he had when he was about ten or eleven years old. It had an illustration that captivated him-a diagram showing Earth's interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and removed about a quarter of its bulk. The idea of lots of startled cars and people falling off the edge of that sudden cliff (and 4,000 miles is a pretty long way to fall) was what grabbed him in the beginning, but gradually his attention turned to what the picture was trying to teach him: namely that Earth's interior is made up of several different layers of materials, and at the very centre is a glowing sphere of iron and nickel,
as hot as the Sun's surface, according to the caption. And he very clearly remembers thinking: "How do they know that?"

Bill's storytelling skill makes the "How?" and, just as importantly, the "Who?" of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. He covers the wonder and mystery of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, 2008.
Edition: Abridged and illustrated ed.
ISBN: 9780385666862
Characteristics: 169 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 28 cm.


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Mar 03, 2016

This book looks very interesting. I cannot wait to read it with my children. Module6_MandyMiskellySAIT

May 02, 2015

I wish this book had been available for my children and grandchildren. It is the best summary of the subject that I have seen. Plus the illustrations are clever and add greatly to understanding the text.

hp_library Aug 23, 2014

great book for science lovers!
talks about almost everything since the birth of universe as we know it...

Dec 08, 2009

A humourous and thorough history of scientific disciplines. Mr. Bryson's intelligent and witty style make this a great read for science buffs. Love this book!

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