Very interesting and enjoyable listen. At a certain point the book turned very gloomy, detailing all the ways that we could cease to exist at any moment. I suppose I can't fault the author for this reality, but he seemed to drive the point home again and again which got kinda tiresome after a while.
Overall I learned a lot from this book and would definitely recommend it.
some data is already outdated. I like the narrator and the way he tries to keep you entertained.
A summary of all things termed "science" would seem daunting. This well organized and delivered survey spans the fields of cosmology, geology, physics, biology and human nature in a means that is understandable & humorous where ever possible. It served as a great way for me to hear all the advances across the sciences since I left college over 30 years ago. I now feel all "caught up"!
Very nice overview & history of scientific discoveries, but much of the science on DNA & history of human evolution has been updated. Those chapters could be rewritten entirely since this book was published.
A Short History of Everything benefits from most of the material having been in the past, doesn't change much. However new discoveries and insights means that an addendum should be added.
The scientist that discovered Lead added to gas and CFC added to aerosols has probably done more to damage humanity than one could imagine. Proof that business and science needs stronger regulatory agencies and much more open and honest debate about the pros/cons of new scientific breakthroughs needs to be happening. Amazing at how big business fought off regulations for years - all to everyone's longterm loss!
A fine book, well written and entertaining. He covers many areas without going very deep into any of them, but then, he delivers what he had promised: a short history of nearly everything.
The performance could be better - if you've taken upon yourself to read in a book full of names of scientists, some of whom incredibly enough not from Western-Europe, you might wanna look up the names.
This book should be mandatory reading in high schools everywhere. If i had read this book during my school years i would have chosen a very different path in life. I was always interested in science,but many are not. This book sparks interest. And sparking interest is a teacher's hardest job.
This book was outstanding. If you've ever found interest in wondering about the universe, or stars, or volcanoes, or DNA, or evolution or anything else about the reality in which we live, you will also find this book fantastic. It's about Knowledge History, or Big History, not George Washington or the Spanish-American war type history.
It's easy to listen to for five minutes or five hours at a time. I can't wait to listen to it again. It's really good.