Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!
More than a short history of nearly everything, this book should have been a short history of science. This book covers so many aspects of scientific development throughout history. You will be quite amazed by the end of the book how much you have learned, but even more than that, how much more you still have to learn.
It was well-written, and read well. The prose plus the performance were a great combination.
I really love science reading, but I absolutely detest history reading. As much as I tried to focus on the years and the facts surrounding those years, I really couldn't. It was a snoozer for me. Let's be clear. It's a science history book, not a science book.
Very interesting and enjoyable listen. At a certain point the book turned very gloomy, detailing all the ways that we could cease to exist at any moment. I suppose I can't fault the author for this reality, but he seemed to drive the point home again and again which got kinda tiresome after a while.
Overall I learned a lot from this book and would definitely recommend it.
some data is already outdated. I like the narrator and the way he tries to keep you entertained.
A summary of all things termed "science" would seem daunting. This well organized and delivered survey spans the fields of cosmology, geology, physics, biology and human nature in a means that is understandable & humorous where ever possible. It served as a great way for me to hear all the advances across the sciences since I left college over 30 years ago. I now feel all "caught up"!
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.