A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything 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, Traveling 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 Involving Or Entertaining

William McGuire Bill Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951 He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire 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.In The Lost Continent, Bil

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  • 544 pages
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Bill Bryson
  • English
  • 20 November 2017
  • 9780767916417

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    A Short History of GoodreadsSurveys show that nearly 40% of all Americans believe the history of literature started in 2007, when sold the first Kindle indeed, Fundamentalists hold it as an article of faith that Jeff Bezos actually wrote all the world s e books over a period of six days This is, of course, nonsense It has been conclusively demonstrated that literature is far older than the Kindle books already existed thousands of years ago, which were the direct ancestors of today s e publications For example, careful examination reveals that The Odyssey and The Gospel according to Saint Mark are primitive versions of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters and Bared to You Similar relationships have been shown to obtain for all modern books.Problems arise, however, from the fact that these archaic protobooks still exist today indeed, some have adapted to the e reader environment and begun to thrive there It is entirely too easy for an unsuspecting internet shopper to purchase a copy of Pride and Prejudice, incorrectly believing that it is part of the Twilight series From the standpoint of formal literary theory, it is admittedly incorrect to say that Pride and Prejudice is worse than Twilight They are simply different neither one is worse than the other, since they have developed in different environments From a practical point of view, however, a person who buys a Jane Austen novel is almost certain to be disappointed There are no vampires or werewolves sex is barely even hinted at most upsettingly of all, the book will be full of long sentences and difficult words The combination of these factors can only lead to an intensely unpleasant reading experience, which may discourage the reader from making new purchases for days or even weeks afterwards Particularly given the fragile state of the US economy, this is evidently not an acceptable state of affairs.People have always exchanged recommendations and warnings with their friends, but it became clear that a systematic approach was needed There had to be a place where book consumers could post advice and help each other avoid these infuriating mistakes, so that everyone could be sure of reading nothing but up to the minute YA erotic paranormal romances Thus was born Goodreads.This work by Manny is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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    Good grief if I had even one textbook half this enthralling in high school, who knows what kind of impassioned ologist I would have grown up to be I hereby petition Bryson to re write all curriculum on behalf of the history of the world.I would run across things half remembered from midterms and study guides and think, You mean this is what they were talking about You have got to be kidding me It s never condescending, always a joy.In fact, what I loved most is the acute, childlike sense of wonder seeping through the pages How fantastic little we know about the world in which we live All the great scientific leaps fallen through the cracks, all the billions of leaps that will never be made, every scientist who with an amiable grin shrugs to say, I don t know We don t know Who has any idea The world is a magically baffling, enchanting place, and after nearly everything there is infinitesimally .

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    Okay, so here s my Bill Bryson story I was in The Gladstone, a public house not too far from this very keyboard, with my friend Yvonne, who will remain nameless We had been imbibing than freely A guy approached our table and asked me in a sly surreptitious manner if I was him Him who Was I Bill Bryson Now it is true that I bear a very slight resemblancebut you could also say that about Bjorn from Abbaand a zillion other white guys with beards and gently rounded fizzogs Anyway, without missing a beat I said yes, I was him So the guy immediately asked me if I d sign two of his books, and before I could say Come on mate, I m not actually American, can t you bleedin well tell he had zapped out of the pub Only to zap straight back with two hardbacks of Bill s deathless works What could I do He opened them up reverentially and told me one would be for him and one for his mother Friends, I signed them Best wishes, your friend Bill Bryson He was so grateful, so very very pleased We drank up and got the hell out of there I look back on this disgraceful incident and shudder That s the last time I m impersonating a famous author.Short note on the book in question There was no way our Bill could write a gently humorous book about the history of all of science without sounding like a fairly smirky know it all, so that s what he does sound like, which can be just a trifle wearing LOTS of good info in here, but it s like being forced to live on Indian takeaways and nothing else, great for a while and then GET ME A SANDWICH Or like being stuck on a long airplane ride with a very garrolous and opinionated fellow who thinks he is the very model of the modern travelling companion, regaling you with insightful and humourous anecdotes by the bucketful while you re wondering if it would be so bad if you faked a heart attack and you could whisper to the flight attendant I m okay really but GET ME AWAY FROM THIS GUY

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    What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold The similarity in color seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible Like, duh I m no scientist, but shouldn t it be obvious enough 2 In the early 1800s there arose in England a fashion for inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, after it was discovered that its use was attended by a highly pleasurable thrilling For the next half century it would be the drug of choice for young people How groovy is that 3 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 Assuming, that is, that you KNOW how to actually do this and REALLY want to make a point Talk about a monstrous temper tantrum.4 We are each so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that some of our atoms probably belonged to Shakespeare, Genghis Khan or any other historical figure But no, you are NOT Elvis or Marilyn Monroe it takes quite a while for their atoms to get recycled.5 When you sit in a chair, you are not actually sitting there, but levitating above it at the height of a hundredth millions of a centimeter Throw away those yoga mats, your ARE already levitating without knowing it.6 The atomic particles that we now know as Quarks were almost named Partons, after you know who The image of Ms Parton with her, uh, cosmic mammaries bouncing around the atomic nuclei is VERY unsettling.Thankfully, that scientist guy changed his mind.7 The indigestible parts of a giant squid, in particular their beaks, accumulate in sperm whales stomachs into ambergris, which is used as a fixative in perfumes The next time you spray on Chanel No 5, you re dowsing yourself in the distillate of unseen sea monsters Note to self must throw away sea monster perfume collection 8 The maidenhair in maidenhair moss does NOT refer to the hair on the maiden s head.BUT SERIOUSLY,this is a fascinating, accessible book on the history of the natural sciences, covering topics as diverse as cosmology, quantum physics, paleontology, chemistry and other subjects that have bedeviled a science dolt like me through high school and beyond Yes, it s true, I failed BOTH chemistry and physics in high school I can t judge how accurate Mr Bryson represents the sciences in this book, but it surely beats being bogged down in A Brief History of Time and their ilk.

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    Bryson s dead serious this is a history of pretty much everything there is the planet, the solar system, the universe as well as a history of how we ve come to know as much as we do A book on science written by a non scientist, this a perfect bridge between the humanities and the natural sciences A course in the history of science should be mandatory for every teenager, and this should be the textbook.Yes, it s a big, chunky book No, it can t be trimmed down any further when you re addressing cosmology, earth science, ecology and zoology, with healthy doses of chemistry and physics, plus the historical development of each, you re going to end up with a doorstop of a text, no matter how smoothly written The wonder of Bryson s writing is that the reader doesn t get lost in these sweeping surveys When name dropping, Bryson always gives a short description of the person in question if mentioned earlier in the book, he drops in a quick reminder to the reader This is fabulously effective at giving the names some context, not to mention a little personality.And indeed, isn t that what science education needs most humanity and less intimidation Those science phobes out there who freely admit their near complete ignorance of the subject should do themselves a favor and buy a copy of this book No, don t get it from your library There s so much here you ll want to have a copy on hand to refer to later.To those nerds in the audience myself included don t think your degrees mean you can pass this one over As hyper specialized as science has become, it s refreshing as hell to step back and take a look at things with new eyes While there s not a lot here I haven t encountered before, there s a lot of information about how our current theories were developed that I didn t know Also It s heartening to read about the social ineptitude, blind spots, and how utterly incompetent many of these scientist were in other aspects of life Makes me feel better about never finishing that PhD at least I have a life Thorough, humorous, engaging, and educational what s not to like

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    It s easy to nitpick A Short History of Nearly Everything Bryson, by his own cheerful admission anything but a scientist, makes a fair number of mistakes He says that all living creatures contain hox genes he omits Alexander Friedmann and George Gamow from his description of how the Big Bang theory was developed when talking about Darwin and Paley, he doesn t seem to be aware that Natural Theology was one of Darwin s favorite books and had a huge influence on him Those are just a few of the glitches I happened to notice I m sure a real expert would have spotted many .But so what The author is incredibly entertaining, and I came across dozens of great stories from the history of science He has done a fantastic job of tracking down details that you won t find in the other books Continuing with Darwin, everyone s heard about the evolution debate between T.H Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce this was the dozenth time I d seen Huxley s contemptuous reply to Wilberforce s question about whether he claimed descent from a monkey though his grandmother or his grandfather 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 Similarly, everyone tells you that Newton only published the Principia after Halley persuaded him to do it But I hadn t heard that Newton intentionally made it as difficult as possible to read because he didn t want amateurs bothering him, or that Halley s reward was to be told by the Royal Society that since they could no longer afford to pay his salary in pounds sterling, he would instead be given remaindered copies of The History of Fishes And there were numerous other stories I d never seen at all If you don t find plenty here to amuse and instruct, you re either encyclopedically well read in all branches of science or you have no interest in it whatsoever.

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    Picked this up on audiobook when I was on tour and listened to it in my car I found it fascinating and informative Kinda like a reader s digest version of the history of science And even though I knew a fair chunk of what was mention, there was a lot of material I d never even had a glimmer of before Fair warning If you are prone to worry about, say, the end of the world This probably isn t the book for you.

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    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson s summation of life, the universe, and everything, a nice little easy reading science book containing an overview of things every earthling should be aware of.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 This is one of the occasions I should have shaved a decade off of my stubbornness and caved in right away.Bryson covers a wide range of topics, from the formation of the universe to the evolution of man for our apelike forebears, and all points in between Atoms Cells These are just stops along the enlightenment highway that Bill Bryson has paved He touches upon quantum physics, geology, the size of our solar system, the year without a summer, and other topics innumerable.The writing style is so accessible that I have to think I d be some kind of scientists if my high school and college text books were written by Bill Bryson His easy, breezy style makes even the most complicated topics easier to digest.It s not often that I come away from a book having felt like I learned something new, criminal techniques from my usual reads excepted Bryson has succeeded where many have failed before him He has used chicanery to get me to read nonfiction and enjoy myself while doing it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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    A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill BrysonA Short History of Nearly Everything by American author Bill Bryson is a popular science book that explains some areas of science, using easily accessible language that appeals so to the general public than many other books dedicated to the subject It was one of the bestselling popular science books of 2005 in the United Kingdom, selling over 300,000 copies 2005 1384 615 9645676487 21 1388 512 9786005204155 1390 171 9786001033636 .

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