Bill Bryson is an ambitious man. A book with the title "A Short History of Nearly Everything" can't be written by any other sort of person. The hardcover printed edition weighs in at 478 pages, not including notes or index, and the audiobook runs to almost 18 hours--and a very enjoyable 18 hours they are!
Of course, even at ten times that length, he can't talk about everything, which is why the book is about "nearly everything". Still, he does his best within the confines of his subject. He stays mostly to the physical sciences. In chapters tellingly and entertainingly labeled with titles such as "How to Build a Universe", "Good-bye to All That", "The Stuff of Life", and "The Mysterious Biped", Bryson takes us from atoms to galaxies, chemistry to biology.
Rather than a dry rendition of what we know, he gives us an entertaining account of how we know it, which leads the reader along the path of the history of modern science, and the fascinating men and women who shaped it.
Bill Bryson, born in America in 1951, is a popular author of non-fiction books. He moved to England in the 1970s and has lived there almost ever since. His earliest books were notes on his travels through Europe and America, but he has since branched out into well-respected books on language, history, and science. His trademark humor puts the listener at ease and makes a subject which might be weighty or even boring in other hands a sheer delight to listen to.
A fascinating exploration of life, the universe, and, well, everything, Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" will keep you fascinated from beginning to end, and give you a whole new perspective on the world around us.
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 yet, 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, and
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. Download and start listening now!