I'm a scientist and an all around geek so I cover a lot of literature. This is hands down the most fun I've ever had reading about science and the quirky scientists that came before us. Scientific facts aside, this book is full of humor, history, and somehow humanity.
Good compendium of several topics. Well structured, concise and easy to go through. Deep enough to point to other references.
Best audiobook I've come across--wonderful narration and informative book! Highly recommended for anyone who has ever been curious about the world around us.
Easy to understand and always interesting. Lots of facts that will help in future discussions. Great overviews I shared with my kids.
Reader and long-distance commuter.
In the upper quarter.
The question does not fit the book. Bryson leads us through cosmology, sub-atomic physics, geology, dinosaur bones, the beginning of life, DNA, evolution, ..........., extinction of species.
I have an engineering background, so I know something about science, but not most of the arenas that Bryson wrote about. He presented the information in a way that one does not need a PhD in Quantum Mechanics to understand (although it would have helped on a couple of points). I especially liked his ability to present huge distances in the universe and tiny dimensions of an atom in ways that I could understand.
It is not going to be a movie.
I learned a lot listening to this book. I appreciated that he did not seem to be trying to convince me of, or against, anything. Religion was not mentioned.