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jksquires, May 10, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
Once again, when I finished a Bryson book, this one being the most recent one, I felt like I had taken a fascinating journey with a good friend and now was sadly saying goodbye. Bryson's writing is so clear, so entertaining, and so interesting that he can choose any subject and take a reader on a fascinating journey of discovery. A Short History of Nearly Everything covers geology, astronomy, evolutionary theory, and the discovery of DNA, yet Bill Bryson makes all of these subjects accessible to someone like myself who knows very little of any of these sciences. Bill Bryson is quite simply a treasure, and I hope he never stops writing.
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jksquires, May 10, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
Once again, when I finished a Bryson book, this one being the most recent one, I felt like I had taken a fascinating journey with a good friend and now was sadly saying goodbye. Bryson's writing is so clear, so entertaining, and so interesting that he can choose any subject and take a reader on a fascinating journey of discovery. A Short History of Nearly Everything covers geology, astronomy, evolutionary theory, and the discovery of DNA, yet Bill Bryson makes all of these subjects accessible to someone like myself who knows very little of any of these sciences. Bill Bryson is quite simply a treasure, and I hope he never stops writing.
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don weng, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by don weng)
Bill Bryson is Brilliant. I read an except of this book, per her request, at a friend's memorial service. I found this book educational, inspirational and comforting. It changed my life and allowed me to look at death more realistically. I have purchased countless copies as gifts. It should be read by everyone.
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NickVanD, May 28, 2008 (view all comments by NickVanD)
I am reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. When you open the book to the first page the first thing that is made clear to you is the fact that A Short History of Nearly Everything is a book about science that was written by someone who knew, before writing it very little about science. This means that the book is very easily understood by people who struggle with more conventional science books.
Another interesting feature of the book is that it seems to shift from topic to topic very flawlessly. I am awed by Bryson’s ability to transition from topic to topic flawlessly. Another feature of this book is it’s focus on not just the science of things but the people involved with the discoveries.
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annagrayscott, July 30, 2007 (view all comments by annagrayscott)
I've enjoyed all of Bryson's books, but this one is my favorite. It's a fun, easy read as he educates and informs, yet remains warmly engaging. I recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767908184
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Various
Subject:
General
Subject:
Trivia
Subject:
History
Subject:
Questions & Answers
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
World
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.30x6.08x1.17 in. 1.18 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767908184 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This learned and amusing work covers the origin of the universe to the human genome. A welcome journey with Bryson in typical wise and witty fashion.

"Review" by , "Bryson...achieve[s] exactly what he'd set out to do, and, moreover, [he does] it in stylish, efficient, colloquial and stunningly accurate prose....[S]eems destined to become a modern classic of science writing."
"Review" by , "Bryson has made a career writing hilarious travelogues, and in many ways his latest is more of the same, except that this time Bryson hikes through the world of science."
"Review" by , "Hefty, highly researched and eminently readable."
"Review" by , "All non-scientists (and probably many specialized scientists, too) can learn a great deal from his lucid and amiable explanations."
"Review" by , "One of the most engaging general-interest science books around. Think of it as a kind of a handy manual to the cosmos....Mr. Bryson believes that much of what humankind has learned can be conveyed to the average reader with humor and clarity."
"Review" by , "To those acquainted with the popular-science writing Bryson has digested, his repackaging is a trip down memory lane, but to his fellow science-phobes, Bryson's tour has the same eye-opening quality to wonder and amazement as his wildly popular travelogues."
"Review" by , "[T]o read Bryson is to travel with a memoirist gifted with wry observation and keen insight that shed new light on things we mistake for commonplace....[A] trip worth taking..."
"Review" by , "Loads of good explaining, with reminders, time and again, of how much remains unknown, neatly putting the death of science into perspective."
"Review" by , "I can't vouch for the accuracy of the content, but written the way it is, it undeniably makes learning fun....I can't imagine what Mr. Bryson will tackle next....But I look forward to his future undertaking with unabashed eagerness."
"Review" by , "With his keen and wonderfully humorous perspective, Bryson has written the best kind of travelogue...in which each stop on the itinerary is fascinating because he settles in and stays awhile, unearthing the stories and myths of the local denizens."
"Review" by , "Bryson is surprisingly precise, brilliantly eccentric and nicely eloquent...a gifted storyteller has dared to retell the world's biggest story."
"Review" by , "Bill Bryson gives you science that's both serious and fun in this detailed and enjoyable book....Bryson's challenge here was...to make us understand and appreciate how profound, frightening or just plain interesting our world is, and he's done a wonderful job."
"Review" by , "A 545-page doorstop that is neither a hilarious travelogue or a witty book about language, both trademarks of the author. Rather, it's a swift tour of the sciences and an ambitious one at that....Bryson is a master of his craft."
"Review" by , "Bill Bryson's latest tome...delivers exactly what the title suggests....Readers familiar with Bryson's wry sense of humor and casual writing style will find plenty here; he makes science interesting and funny."
"Review" by , "A Short History of Nearly Everything is everything a book should be — informative, engaging, well styled, rewarding both for the information it provides and the art that shapes it."
"Synopsis" by , In this book, bestsellling author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge: to understand — and, if possible, answer — the oldest, biggest questions posed about the universe, everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.
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