A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Audiobook CD - 2003
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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, travelling 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 more involving or entertaining.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2003
ISBN: 9780739302941
Branch Call Number: 500 Bry
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Noonan, Virginia


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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!

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.

Jan 12, 2011

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

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