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Short History of Nearly Everything

Short History of Nearly Everything - 03 edition

Short History of Nearly Everything - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780767908184

ISBN10: 076790818X

Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - ISBN 9780767908184
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - ISBN 9780767908184

ISBN13: 9780767908184

ISBN10: 076790818X

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03

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Summary

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson apprentices 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 who don't fully understand science as it's currently taught in the classroom. 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 the earth, 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 anyone ever 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 a hard 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.