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A Short History Of Nearly Everything

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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 Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation - 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 about 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, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about 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.

This hardback edition was published in 2003 and is in a good condition overall. The dustjacket is unpriceclipped but is rubbed along the top edges. The black cloth boards are gilt-stamped on the spine. The page block is unmarked but is yellowing slightly.

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Author(s):
Bill Bryson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24cmx16cmx5cm
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0385408188
ISBN-13:
9780385408189
Number of pages:
516
Publisher:
Doubleday
Title:
A Short History Of Nearly Everything

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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 Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation - 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 about 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, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about 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.

This hardback edition was published in 2003 and is in a good condition overall. The dustjacket is unpriceclipped but is rubbed along the top edges. The black cloth boards are gilt-stamped on the spine. The page block is unmarked but is yellowing slightly.

Author(s):
Bill Bryson
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24cmx16cmx5cm
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0385408188
ISBN-13:
9780385408189
Number of pages:
516
Publisher:
Doubleday
Title:
A Short History Of Nearly Everything

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