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A Short History of Nearly Everything : Bryson - Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything


Author: Bill Bryson

Audio CD

Published: December 2003
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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 EVERTHING 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. It's not so much about what we know, as 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, such as the painfully shy Henry Cavendish, who worked out important conundrums including how much the earth weighed, but failed to report 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.


Audio books are great when you are out for a drive


The audio books are fantastic when you are going for a long drive in the country. This book provides interesting details of our history and the author of course is the reader making this a rewarding listening experience.

Melbourne, Australia


How to understand the beginning of time.


The deepest mysteries of the universe told in an entertaining way by a gifted writer. I listened to this on a long road trip. Loved it.

Townsville, AU


A Short History of Nearly Everything

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"'A travelogue of science, with a witty, engaging, and well-informed guide who loves his patch and is desperate to share its delights with us'" -- Peter Atkins * The Times * "'A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again'" -- William Hartston * Daily Express * "'Brims with strange and amazing facts...destined to become a modern classic of science writing'" -- Ed Regis * New York Times Book Review * "'It deserves to sell as many copies as there are protons in the full stop that ends this review (at least 500,000,000,000).'" -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * "'The very book I have been looking for most of my life...Trunkloads of information, amazing stories and extraordinary personalities'" -- Christopher Matthew * Daily Mail *

ISBN: 9780552150729
ISBN-10: 055215072X
Series: Bryson
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Published: December 2003
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.2 x 12.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Abridged