To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school.
On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge. Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been more full of wonder and delight.
©2003 Bill Bryson; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"Destined to become a modern classic of science writing." (The New York Times Book Review)
I am appalled by the lack of crtical thought exhibited by other reviewers. Sure, this is a smooth amble through a vast territory of science but the author presents far too many theories as fact and fails to mention competing lines of thought. His soliloquy of the demise of the Dodo bird would be great if it were satire - but he's serious! Please do more reading before accepting his PC point of view.
I was really looking forward to listening to this book, but my interest faded very quickly. Most topics were just plain boring and other subjects led you to believe what the autor was proposing was fact instead of theory. I don't mind hearing about theories; however; the autor should be clear about the topic being a throry vrs. fact. I always listen to the stories all the way through, but this was entirely to tedious to hold my attention.
This book is very focused on the evolutionary/big bang view of the origins of the solar system, the earth, humans, animals, the fossil record etc. so it is very 'earth science' focussed. It is long and, I thought, boring. The author spends alot of time (and detail) providing a litany of names and locations of the scientists -- this would be OK on the major scientists but he does this on many many individuals with smaller discoveries. He goes on and on from one scientist to the next and pretty soon I was asleep.
There is also no table of contents so you can't decide that you want to listen to a certain part, e.g. the fossil record information, because you won't know where it is! I picked up a few interesting facts but not worth the 15 hours of listening.
Don't daydream during this book or you will be lost. Maybe after a second or third or fourth listen I will get more of this book but for now I cannot give it high marks.
The book is a good read, but it should be honest and be called "A Short History Of Evolution" - and why I think its true.
Even though I am a devout Christian, and don't agree with alot of scientific theory, I still really enjoyed listening to the theories and history of science. This is a great book if you don't know a whole lot about all the different types of sciences and wish to learn more about the universe and world.
I could not make it past the first four chapters. I found it dull and uninteresting. Too many names of discoverers...who cares? Not the sort of story I would lisen to.
Perhaps I should have known this was a secular, anti-Biblical book. Despite his Darwinism theories intertwined the book did have a lot of well presented information. If anything, it strengthen my belief in God and creationism. Several times the author noted that there wasn’t an explanation. The creation of man, the great flood and other Biblical facts fill in the blanks perfectly.
This is a book with no head or tail. I gave it a good try to see where it was headed but could not pay attention under any circumstances.Suggest you do not waste time.
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