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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

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Bill Bryson is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey-into the most intriguing andconsequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired fromthe Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, ...how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, andalso what happened in between and since. This is, in short, a tall order.

To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemisty, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of theearth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyoneever figure these things out?

On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask ahard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only this superb writer can render it.Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been fuller of wonder and delight.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The author traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world's most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are.

Synopsis:

This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, beloved author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his 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. The result 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.

Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

BILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, and Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words. He received the 2004 Aventis Prize for A Short History of Nearly Everything. He lives in England with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

Lost in the cosmos. How to build a universe ; Welcome to the solar system ; The Reverend Evans's universe — The size of the Earth. The measure of things ; The stone-breakers ; Science red in tooth and claw ; Elemental matters — A new age dawns. Einstein's universe ; The mighty atom ; Getting the lead out ; Muster Mark's quarks ; The earth moves — Dangerous planet. Bang! ; The fire below ; Dangerous beauty — Life itself. Lonely planet ; Into the troposphere ; The bounding main ; The rise of life ; Small world ; Life goes on ; Goodbye to all that ; The richness of being ; Cells ; Darwin's singular notion ; The stuff of life — The road to us. Ice time ; The mysterious Biped ; The restless ape ; Goodbye.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307885166
Subtitle:
Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Subject:
Travel : General
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Physics-Cosmology
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
624

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Product details 624 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307885166 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world's most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are.
"Synopsis" by , This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, beloved author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his 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. The result 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.

Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.

From the Hardcover edition.

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