A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition by Bill Bryson
Reviewed by Doug Brown
"As someone with an advanced science degree, I tend to avoid general science overviews out of sheer snobbery (I already know all that stuff, he said with nose upturned thusly). However, Bryson is such a good writer, and I kept hearing good things about this book, so I broke down and read the special illustrated edition. And what a fun book. Realizing he knew little about science, Bryson spent three years reading and talking to folks, and then distilled what he learned into this breezy volume. As the title says, nearly everything is covered, from atoms to galaxies, from bacteria to dinosaurs...." Read the entire Powells.com review.