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A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

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One of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body takes his ultimate journey--into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail--well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand--and, if possible, answer--the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world's most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Published: 05/06/2003
Pages: 560
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.86lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.50w x 1.90d
ISBN: 9780767908177

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 01/01/2003 pg. 72
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2003 pg. 517
Publishers Weekly 04/07/2003 pg. 59
BookPage 05/01/2003 pg. 5
Entertainment Weekly 05/09/2003 pg. 82
Booklist 04/15/2003 pg. 1426
New York Times 05/18/2003 pg. 42
USA Today 05/22/2003 pg. 1
Library Journal 05/15/2003 pg. 120
New York Times 06/01/2003 pg. 25
Discover 09/01/2003 pg. 78
Men's Journal 12/01/2003 pg. 54
Discover 01/01/2004 pg. 79
Library Journal 03/01/2004 pg. 40

About the Author
Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.

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