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.
Come on, it's Bill Bryson. You already know it's going to be amazing. It is out of date (naturally), but as so much of it is addressing the history of discoveries that hardly matters.
This was a very entertaining explanation of the history of science and our world. It is educational, without being boring or too basic.
I recommend it for the average reader who is not already well-informed about science, but that has some curiosity. Even as someone that knows something about physics, biology, and chemistry, I learned a few things.
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Despite all good comments and ratings I was a little bit insecure about this book, what finally made me to give it a chance was the review of Patrick Rothfuss, one of my favorites authors, and he wasn't wrong. What an excellent reading, sometimes I felt my head was going to explode with a lot of information but every single page was worth to read and after reading it, all I can say is that science is pretty close to "I only know that I know nothing," maybe we never will.