A Short History of Nearly Everything
ISBN 13: 9780385408189
Publication Date: 2003
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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely in his own study at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERTHING is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?On his travels through time and space he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, such as the painfully shy Henry Cavendish, who worked out important conundrums including how much the earth weighed, but failed to report many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye- opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
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Book Description: Doubleday, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. 'This most enjoyable of books . A travelogue of science, with a witty, engaging, and well-informed guide.' The Times - Peter Atkins 'Impressive in his terse concreteness . Hugely readable and never obfuscating.' - The Sunday Times 'Lucid, thoughtful and, above all, entertaining.'- Scotsman A now scarce signed first edition, with now also sadly scarce Pan Bookshop wrap-around from the fine store on Fulham Road London, now bought by Daunt Books. ***At the Victorian Naturalist all our books are securely bubble wrapped, packed in sturdy book boxes and immediately dispatched within two working days or less. Many of our books are eligible for free or reduced shipping. Depending on value books dispatched to the UK will be sent either First Class Recorded delivery or Special delivery and purchases outside the UK are sent by Royal Mail Airmail with their own international tracking number.***. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000266
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