A must listen for any science lover, no matter how much you think you know. The author gives personal tidbits about icons of science, as well as pointing out how much we don't know. The Narrator Richard Matthews is a joy to listen to as well.
Science should excite the mind. Bryson captures this essential in his exploration. My curiosity was aroused by his descriptions. I found that his attempts to provide a conceptual handle on many of the problems of scale in scientific investigation to be creative and useful. Richard Mathews narration is "spot on". Highly recommended.
Bryson weaves history and science into a story with the elegance and wit of some of the best fictional authors I have ever read. He puts large and complex concepts into an easy to follow and easy to comprehend template which he transplants to, as the title says, "Nearly Everything", which never leaves the reader lacking interest. I consider this a crowning achievement and should be recommended to anyone with an interest in science, history, or just plain old learning new things.
Was captivated by the stories. Wish I had this book while I was at school. I finished the audiobook wanting for more, too bad it was over. Strongly recommend it.
Great book that gives a short history of nearly everything (obviously). If you're interested in how we know what we know, this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
Best science book since Guns, Germs, and Steel. Bill Bryson follows the history of chemistry, geology, physics, and biology. He finds interesting human stories of the eccentric scientists and many amateurs who drove scientific progress. It made me realize how much scientific understanding has changed even during my lifetime. DNA was not well understood until the 1970s and the 'dinosaur extinction by a comet' theory was still highly controversial in the late 1980s.
When picking out this book I was hoping to get a broad education on a wide variety of topics. Contrary to my expectations, and the title of the book, this is a rather in-depth history of science. Most of the book is dedicated to three disciplines: physics, chemisty, and geology. If those are the things that get you out of bed in the morning and you want a load of detail on each, this is the book for you. If you are a typical Discovery Channel or History Channel buff like me, you will likely find this a let down.
I picked this book because of the excellent rating it received. I wouldn't say this was book I couldn't put down...I would say I looked forward to picking it back up again.
The narrator Richard Matthews was OUTSTANDING. It's hard to imagine at this point listening to this without him reading it.
I do recommend this book...enjoy
Read the book about 3 years ago and enjoyed immensely about 80% of it (couldn't get into the chemistry sections). Got the audio to refresh myself on the science and enjoyed it as much as the book. One criticism. Bryson goes out of his way to make the text accessable and enjoyable to we non-science minds. He does this by eschewing the formality of a textbook. The reader of the audiobook, however, has a very "formal" british accent. For me that detracted from the studied informality of Bryson's effort. Most amusing was when the British accented reader was reading Bryson's text that makes fun of Edwin Hubble for his pompous (and in Hubble's case) phony British accent.