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    DescriptionBill 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 and consequential 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 from the 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, and also 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 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.


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    Title
    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780767908177
    ISBN 10: 0767908171
    Classifications

    LC subject heading:
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    B&T Approval Code: A50090000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI080000
    LC classification: Q162 .B88 2003
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Crown Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    BROADWAY BOOKS
    Publication date
    06 May 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    BILL BRYSON'S Bestselling books include "A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In A Sunburned Country, Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Bill Bryson's African Diary, "and "A Short History of Nearly Everything. "He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children. "From the Trade Paperback 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 and consequential 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 from the 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, and also 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 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 adventurein 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.