In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the world of science both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now in this glorious new illustrated edition, everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization is even more vividly brought to life with stunning full-colour photographs, drawings, portraits and cartoons.
Bill Bryson's challenge was to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there wasn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. To explain how we got from being nothing at all, to here, being us. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and, amidst the distinguished company of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, he reveals to us the hidden wonders of our world. Colourful, surprising and mind-bogglingly revealing, A Short History of Nearly Everything - Illustrated guarantees to bring to life science as you have never seen - or understood - it before.show more