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
This book contains a lot of science, which can tend to be boring. With Bill Bryson, however, science is incredibly witty, entertaining, and fun. It puts everything you have ever thought of into perspective. You could not possibly regret having read this book.
Loved this so much that when it was over I started it again immediately! Bill Bryson presents each topic with great insight, humor, and clarity. Richard Matthews nails the delivery!
Bill Bryson has completed something of a marvel and accomplished what he had intended on doing. Namely provide a book encompassing a short* history of nearly everything. The definition of short is neither 400 pages nor the better part of a day when narrated in length but when accounting for the sheer magnitude of information covered it is thoroughly impressive. Bryson is entertaining without superficialities and provides an intellectual narrative approachable for all. Being admittedly honest the math can get a bit overwhelming when used to provide perspective to a narrative. Bryson acknowledges numbers surpassing the trillions can become tricky and makes efforts to mitigate them. Overall brilliantly written and wonderfully narrated I would welcome a second edition to update the original written over a decade ago.
Magnificent story, great detail an uncanny way of explaining the most complex scientific concepts in the easiest to understand mannerpossible
There are some interesting anecdotes here about some key scientific discoveries throughout history. Overall it just didn't interest me as much as other Bill Bryson stuff I've read. I think it is less humorous than many others. It was okay and if you're an avid Bryson fan you'll probably like it. If you're not you'll probably not miss it when it's over.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has ever been even slightly interested in science. Even for people with a background in any of the sciences, this book is guaranteed to teach you new things or provide you with new insights, while never getting boring. Richard Matthews provides a brilliant reading, conveying the wonder of past and present discoveries and the uncertainty of the questions that still remain. I'm pretty sure I'll listen to the whole thing again!
I wish school books had as many insights as this book did on the process of discovery and how error-prone it was
I've listened to this book several times. A great overview of the different natural sciences and how they intertwine with each other. The narrative is engaging and entertaining. The audio is excellent as well. A must have. Should be required reading for high school students.