A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bryson (Paperback)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bryson (Paperback)

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The man who reinvigorated travel writing transforms dry and academic subjects into compelling prose in this remarkable reinterpretation of science’s key achievements through time. Confronting topics such as geology and particle physics with energy and brio, Bryson’s masterpiece has turned millions on to the wonders of the scientific world.    

Of the billions and billions of species of living things that have existed since the dawn of time, most - 99.9% it has been suggested - are no longer around. Life on Earth, you see is not only brief, but dismayingly tenuous.

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is his 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.

Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off 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.

The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

'Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written' - Sunday Telegraph

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784161859
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 127 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The very book I have been looking for most of my life... Bryson wears his knowledge with aplomb and a lot of very good jokes' - Daily Mail

'Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written' - Sunday Telegraph 

'A fascinating idea, and I can't think of many writers, other than Bryson, who would do it this well. It's the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists. And the famous, slightly cynical humour is always there' - Evening Standard 

'A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers ... A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again' - Daily Express 

'Of course, there are people much better qualified than Bill Bryson to attempt a project of this magnitude. None of them, however, can write fluent Brysonese, which, as pretty much the entire Western reading public now knows, is an appealing mixture of self-deprecation, wryness and punnery' - Spectator 

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“A Short History of Nearly Everything”

I can never say enough good things about a Bill Bryson book; I simply love his writing style. However despite having adored all of his travel and literary books so far I have looked at this one for a long while,... More

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Teresa at Bath

“Packed full of interesting facts and funny anecdotes - this book makes science fun”

I picked this up on the recommendation of a colleague after I said I wanted to start reading more non-fiction.

I cannot fault the depth and breadth of information in this book, particularly for a new reader of... More

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Ilona

“Excellent!”

Bill Bryson gives the reader in this book exactly what it says in the front. It`s a short history of everything. I enjoyed reading about the science and the scientist behind the science. He makes it fun to read about... More

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