I liked this book overall, but the ending was, while necessary, depressing. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody.
Good listening and you'll even learn a few things... well worth the effort to listen to while driving, etc..
Bryson has created a captivating review of not only what the many scientific disciplines currently believe, but also how they got there. If you enjoy learning about scientific knowledge and the evolution of ideas, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
What an enjoyable piece of work. The book is about the history of earth from a scientific, evolutionary perspective, but told by looking at the life and times of those involved in making the discoveries. The story is told in a light-hearted, humorous fashion.
I didn't give it 5 stars as there were points I found that at times it was too detailed for me, but my interest would be regained in minutes. I definately will be listening to the entire work again.
This book is a collection of little scientific facts about all sorts of phenomena like global warming, the big bang, dinosaurs, evolution, etc... Some parts of it, particularly when he discusses biographies of different scientists, get a little tedious. The book isn't too long, though, and he is great at putting things in non-scientific terms. I would recommend it if you already like sciency things, but if not, you might end up listening to only half of it.
This book provided a nice history of the sciences that have brought us to the current day. It was enlightening and informative and written in a witty and easy to read style.
I enjoyed it, but I would only recommend it to someone who has an interest in reading about the sciences. It doesn't teach much on any particular topic, rather it gives a summary of the science, it's history, and current state.
This book was purchased for pure entertainment while driving long distance. I'd recommend to those with some broad interest in science and perhaps to use as a source of ideas for further reading. It's mostly anglo-centric, which isn't really a minus in the context the book is presented, I suppose.
This book presents a complicated subject matter in a very entertaining fashion. It seemed to me to be a blend of scientific fact and some presumption. He makes huge presumptions at various points, but that is not a problem if you discern where this occurs. Much of this book is very educational, though I would characterize it more as entertainment.