A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson's good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2003
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Richard

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timniles98
Jul 03, 2016

I have read and listened to many of Bill Bryson's books and found this one to be as entertaining and informative as all the others. I actually liked the version of the book better when read by Bryson (it was abridged, though) than the reader. I hope the 'library edition' is read by Bryson. The earlier comment is accurate in one important way: it is an amusing way to become conversant with the nature and growth of our human knowledge through the last 500 years. Carry on!

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thepudman
Oct 30, 2015

Bill Bryson makes a great narrator and this short story of everything from atoms to asteroids to Australopithecus is very entertaining.

JCLLauraH Feb 25, 2015

This book is highly readable and surprisingly funny (in typical Bryson style) and will give you a solid overview of... well... everything that has happened over the last 14 billion years. Bryson touches on the Big Bang, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, quantum theory, paleontology, biology, evolution, Isaac Newton, Edwin Hubble, Albert Einstein, natural disasters, viruses... the list goes on and on. If you like to learn for the sake of learning and have any interest in our universe, this is the book for you. The audiobook is very well done and the reader is enjoyable.

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jtodd0099
Jan 12, 2011

Amazing story of scientific breakthroughs through the ages told with insight and humor.

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