©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"Not to be missed." (AudioFile)
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)
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This book is one of my all-time favorites. It's a must-listen-to which is funny, inciteful, and very interesting. I've listened to this book many times.
Its really great. And Richard Matthews/Simon Vance is great reading it as always.
A great book to go over the vast history of science. I would have named it the short history of nearly everything scientific, because no time is given to history of any other sort than science. I very much enjoyed the book, and learned much.
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.
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