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A Short History of Nearly Everything | [Bill Bryson]

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.
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"Imagine if you can -- and of course you can't..." is how Bryson opens his explanation of how a universe is born. And he has the uncanny ability to not say too much, nor too little; to use metaphors brilliantly but without cliché; and to sound like he's actually learning as he goes along. Like Stephen Hawking before him, Bryson skips from one BIG topic to the next with the curiosity of a child and the patience of a schoolteacher. It's like having a front-row seat to the history of the world.

With his slightly bemused English accent, narrator Richard Matthews sounds completely at home in the material, chatting knowingly and with perfect dry comic timing. For managing to cover the universe and keep it lively, this experience definitely merits as an all-time favorite.

Publisher's Summary

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant. Even the most pointy-headed, obscure scientist succumbs to the affable Bryson's good nature, and reveals how he or she figures things out. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys.

©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc. Published by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Not to be missed." (AudioFile)
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Randolph Mccormack EDMONDS, WA 04-23-04
    Randolph Mccormack EDMONDS, WA 04-23-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating"

    I liked it so much I bought two copies of the book to pass on to friends and family. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. I will listen again just to try to remember more of the facts in it. If nothing else it will make you a delight at a cocktail party with all of the information you get from the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Tulsa, OK, USA 04-17-04
    Brian Tulsa, OK, USA 04-17-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A Must Read"

    This book was extremely enlightening and a must read for anyone. The author explains the development of the major branches of science in terms that everyone can understand. The way the material is presented is very entertaining as well.

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    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 04-14-04
    chris Kelowna, BC, Canada 04-14-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Hilarious look at scientific history"

    This could be a dry topic, but Bryson's writing is so good, and he presents everything so simply and from the perspective of everyman, that I looked forward to turning on my MP3 player and listening to more. He brings up hundreds of obscure and fascinating tales of the early modern scientists, and focuses on the human aspect as much as the discovery or invention. Who knew scientists led such interesting lives?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Des Moines, IA, USA 03-27-04
    Karl Des Moines, IA, USA 03-27-04
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    "Amazing"

    This gives a very accurate and entertaining representation of .... well.... nearly everything! It is an exploration of science, but it is more heavily weighted into the physical sciences (physics, astronomy and the like). It does cover a lot of the biological science, but mainly on a macroscopic level. DNA and mitochondria are discussed, but there is not much on physiology - which is good because that is not the focus of this book. I would absolutely LOVE it if Bryson would try to tackle that subject. He has the ability to clarify many subjects without diluting the information to any significant degree - he hits the important highlights.
    I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone interested in the would around us and inside of us.

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    Jeffrey Sherwood, OR, USA 03-05-04
    Jeffrey Sherwood, OR, USA 03-05-04
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    "WOW! First Audiobook, and I'm hooked!"

    Having been my first audiobook that I downloaded, this is a marvelous work. It starts off with an introduction that grabs you, and then takes you through a splendid journey through the sciences, with a background of each of the discoverers of the new learning. Every scientist has their own story, and this book takes the listener on a magical trip through the hows and whys each of these things were found. Honestly, I always believed that most discoveries were accidental or a person with keen insight was given the chance to discover the mysteries of the universe, or even their own backyard. This book simply confirms this.

    My two detractions from the book are such:
    The first is that most of the great scientists of the past (Newton, et al.) are portrayed as men who got it right for their time, but were eventually disproven by others (Einstein, in this case), but the facts of today are taken as hard facts (such as global warming, which, until about 20 years ago, we were thought to be going into an ice age...), not to be disproven. It would seem, by this logic, that we are merely holders of the current truth, only to be refuted by future generations and further collection of data. This is a minor point, but should be mentioned.

    The second misgiving about this book is that it it too short! 15 CD's and I wanted another 300! If you like the smooth English voice of the narrator (check out the sample), be ready, and hope for a long drive so you can enjoy the fact filled fun of this tome! Extremely highly recommended!

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    Uncle Don's Hobbies Palm Desert, Ca United States 03-02-04
    Uncle Don's Hobbies Palm Desert, Ca United States 03-02-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow, Wow, Wow!"

    This is a book for you if you like details and facts in abundance. Well read and fantastic to listen to again and again. 5 Stars.

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    Rob Madison, WI, United States 02-29-04
    Rob Madison, WI, United States 02-29-04 Member Since 2004
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    "This will be listened to many times."

    This was the best book that I have ever listened to. It was extremely well read (by Richard Matthews) and was extravegently entertaining with that typical Bryson way of meandering about his subject in a quircky but highly informative way. Even at 17 hours, it seemed too short. I will be listening to it many more times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clay 02-25-04
    Clay 02-25-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Definately order the unabridged version"

    I ordered the abridged version first and loved it. Then I ordered the unabridged version and felt cheated by the abridged version. More is definately better with Bill Bryson.

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    Mike Ooltewah, TN, USA 02-09-04
    Mike Ooltewah, TN, USA 02-09-04
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    "Wow, now I know something about Nearly Everything!"

    If you have a general interest in the sciences, then this book is for you. Some topics were of much more interest to me than others, but collectively I found the entire book a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Masters 02-04-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "The perfect audiobook"

    It doesn't get any better than this. Fun, informative, beautifully narrated. Every student should listen to this before they're admitted to high school--America would have many more scientists. I'm looking forward to Bryson's next book -- A LONG History of EVERYTHING.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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