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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Published by Doubleday, 2003

‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ is Bryson’s 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. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore and scare 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 6000 million ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
On his travels though time and space Bryson encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists. In the company of such extraordinary people, he 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.

‘Bryson takes the kind of mind-boggling subjects that bore the pants off the average reader - geology, chemistry, particle physics, DNA - and miraculously renders them not only comprehensible but engaging, even (God forbid) fun.’ The Good Book Guide

‘The more I read of A Short History of Nearly Everything, the more I was convinced that Bill Bryson had achieved exactly what he'd set out to do, and, moreover, that he'd done it in stylish, efficient, colloquial and stunningly accurate prose...A Short History of Nearly Everything seems destined to become a modern classic of science writing.’
Ed Regis, The New York Times Book Review

‘A mammoth work on virtually every topic you can think of...Oh, and did I mention this book is funny?’ Bruce Tierney, Bookpage

Bill Bryson was born in Iowa and now lives in New Hampshire. He is best known for his humorous travel writings.

By the same author
Bill Bryson’s African Diary
Down Under
The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
Made in America
Mother Tongue: The English Language
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe
Notes From a Big Country
Notes From a Small Island
Troublesome Words
A Walk in the Woods

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