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    DescriptionOne of the world's most beloved writers and bestselling author of "One Summer" takes his ultimate journey--into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In "A Walk in the Woods," Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail--well, most of it. In "A Sunburned Country," he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand--and, if possible, answer--the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as 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. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world's most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. "A Short History of Nearly Everything "is the record of this quest, and it 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. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.


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    Title
    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Bryson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 544
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780767908184
    ISBN 10: 076790818X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    DC21: 500
    DC22: 500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000, SCI080000
    LC classification: Q162 .B88 2004
    Thema V1.0: PD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
    Imprint name
    Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
    Publication date
    14 September 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    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.
    Review quote
    "Stylish [and] stunningly accurate prose. We learn what the material world is like from the smallest quark to the largest galaxy and at all the levels in between . . . brims with strange and amazing facts . . . destined to become a modern classic of science writing." --"The New York Times" "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." --"People" "Bryson is surprisingly precise, brilliantly eccentric and nicely eloquent . . . a gifted storyteller has dared to retell the world's biggest story." --"Seattle Times" "Hefty, highly researched and eminently readable." --Simon Winchester, "The Globe and Mail" "All non-scientists (and probably many specialized scientists, too) can learn a great deal from his lucid and amiable explanations." --"National Post ""Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can' t help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind." --"Ottawa Citizen" "Wonderfully readable. It is, in the best sense, learned." --"Winnipeg Free Press"
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    One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as 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. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world's most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything" is the record of this quest, and it 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. Science has never been more involving or entertaining. "From the Hardcover edition.