I was looking for the old Bryson, the humorist and thought I would see humor coming through in his explanation of scientific history. Not so. While he has clearly done his research and has an interest in the subject, I found that his treatment was rather dry and detailed. The title is the most humorous thing about it.
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
Bryson does a wonderful job of pulling together a brief history of the different branches of science and shows how they all tied together. In addition to the history, you get an interesting perspective of the different players, told by themselves as well as their friends and enemies. Bryson is clear about his audience and never goes too deep for the interested but non-mathematical. I only wish that there was an updated version as much of what as presented as "so" in 2003 when the book was written has changed through additional work and discovery.
The book is informative beyond doubt though the reader has a typical problem if one notices it and is affected by it. He doesn't swallow his saliva often and the tone becomes irritatingly different.
I am disappointed by the reader. Would prefer a book from different reader.
Wish audible did a better quality control.
A wonderful walk through the history of science and scientists, both of rights and wrongs. Sadly, it often takes unscientific points of view and interpretations of events and findings, especially when dealing with probability and statistics