I was impressed by how much was covered both in scientific concepts and the history behind them, all with a humorous delivery. The title really lived up to its word. The only negative statement I can conjure has nothing to do with the writing or presentation, but with the timeliness of the material. It speaks to the speed of scientific discovery and advancement that some of the subjects and statements in the book are noticeably dated after only 12 years. Even so, I loved it! I'm looking forward to reading/listening to any future revisions.
have read this book several times and never Tire of it. it's an amazing book. I recommend it to everyone who has even a remote interest in science or the world around them.
I listened to it twice and now I know everything :-) always interesting and packed with fun facts definitely worth buying
I have listened to it several times over. There are so many stories and facts in here, each one is a bit of a feast for the mind. Just one listen isn't enough.
There were so many crazy things. I can't recall the name of the scientist, but the poor fellow who who was victimized by the backstabbing scientist who established public museums, really got my sympathy. The degree to which some have suffered for their honesty and humanity at the hands of ambitious psychopaths is frightening.
Richard Matthews is probably the best male narrator out there. He always makes a story better. He is my favorite narrator of all time.
There are many sad things that happen to scientists. There is a lot of fraudulence and back-stabbing. There is a lot of self-deception. You've got to have a heart for some of these women and men. They try so hard, and are jerked-around by some awful, ambitious people at times.
This was a very British-centric history, but all true. At times it angered me for its relentlessly monocular view of the superiority of British science. I love the country, but there is a tendency to play down every other nation's accomplishments. That being said, this is one of the best books out there, and you will likely listen to it a lot. It's a masterpiece.
This is far and away the best audio book I've listened to.
I find this book to be difficult to compare to other hobbyist science books. It covered a VERY wide array of material but doesn't delve too deep into any singlular item. I especially enjoyed the little bits of trivia or "did you know" that the author pepperd into the text.
All of them! I was riveted.
Absolutely. I had a long drive home (8 hours) and it made the trip FLY.
The narrator did a remarkable job. The inflections and dry British whit fit perfectly with the text. I'd love to have Richard Matthews narrate my life. In fact, that's the voice I hear in my head...
Good general summary of many things, but beginning to get a bit dated. Especially the particle physics bits and the astrophysics stuff. Since its from 2003, pluto is still a planet etc.
Makes science fun, interesting, and thought-provoking, even for someone who had forgotten even the most basic science and didn't know a lot of the more advantaged things. Gives and respects many different points of view and is honest about the shortcomings and exaggerations of science. But also rejoices in the major accomplishments! Amazing work!!!
unfortunately this book want as good as I had hoped. you're much better off reading the great courses lecture called big history: the Big Bang to present. there is too much irrelevant information in this book and the jokes are few and far between
Another impossibly clever Bryson book and one of his best. While I would have preferred Bryson narrated the book himself, the reader was great none the less and still made a great presentation of Bryson's clever wit. An excellent, fun, and informative book.