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A Short History Of Nearly Everything (English)

Author: Bill Bryson
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A Short History Of Nearly Everything is one of Bill Bryson's most famous works that attempts to answer scientific questions in a simple yet engrossing manner for the layman's understanding. The book cruises through time and space to capture scientifically important stages of this Universe starting with the Big Bang till the rise of modern civilization.

Summary Of The Book

Having been disappointed as a kid for never getting convincing answers to his questions by science textbooks or teachers, Bryson writes this bestseller as an account of his quest to understand the world and everything it contains. Unlike most science books that require prior groundwork in the subject, A Short History of Nearly Everything has been written keeping in mind the common man who wonders how the things, people and the world around him all came into being. With his lucid and humorous writing, Bryson makes complex science matters seem unambiguous and appealing.

The book has 6 sections that explore a far-reaching array of topics surrounding geology, evolution and quantum mechanics. Using stories of the greatest inventors like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Henry Cavendish and Edwin Hubble, the author crafts a compelling tale of science. The book first takes up the wonder that is the formation of this Universe and graphically describes concepts like the atomic and subatomic particles, and the size and shape of the Universe. It gradually moves on to inquire the development of homo sapiens and takes to explaining the biology of it.

The book leaves readers awe-stuck with all the fascinating facts about astonishing meteors and disastrous volcanic origins. The author also shares some comical anecdotes of great scientists and their eccentric acts. In the later part of the book, he discusses the modern scientific aspects about our planet's climate, the life and extinction of various other creatures and the increasing magnitudes of natural disasters. Ensuring utmost clarity and simplicity throughout the book, Bryson renders the most entertaining and absorbing story of the world of science.

A Short History Of Nearly Everything was published first in the year 2003 and became a bestselling science book. It won the Aventis Prize in 2004 and the EU Descartes Prize in 2005. It was also nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

About Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is a famous American writer.

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, Notes from A Small Island, Shakespeare: The World As Stage, Bryson's Dictionary Of Troublesome Words, and One Summer: America 1927 are some of his other works.

Born in 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson went to Drake University. He dropped out of college in 1972 and a few years later, in 1977, he moved to the UK where he worked as a journalist and lived for many years in North Yorkshire with his spouse and 4 kids. Bryson has received a number of awards including the James Joyce Award (2006) and the Golden Eagle Award (2007). A fellow of various prestigious institutions, he has served as the chancellor at Durham University and received an honorary doctorate from King's College, London. Though he had moved to America for a few years, he currently lives in the UK.

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Author Bill Bryson
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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books, include The Lost Continent, Notes From a... Read More

Book Details
Publisher Transworld
Imprint Black Swan
Publication Year 2009 September
ISBN-13 9780552997041
ISBN-10 0552997048
Language English
Edition New edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 672 Pages
Dimensions
Width 1.34 inch
Height 7.8 inch
Depth 1.49 inch
Weight 482.0 Grams
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Ivar Etpa
20 Oct 2011
Absolutely fantastic

I have read thousands of books in my lifetime and this is one of the finest. Erudite, entertaining and over all a marvelous treat. Check out the reviews on Amazon for this book and you will understand what I mean. I am sorry that the several reviews have chosen to trash this book. It is their loss.
Many of my friends to whom I recommended this book also loved it tremendously.

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Dhaval Malte
28 Jul 2013
Abhi's comment is misleading and should be REMOVED

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I would appreciate if you can remove Abhi's comment (http://www.flipkart.com/reviews/RV65ZC7BS1CZ8ITUZ). It is totally misleading and it seems the reader was more interested in fact checking than actually reading the book.

1) Bill Bryson is a travel author with little or no science background
2) He makes it clear on the very first page that he is attempting to explain science specifically for the layman
3) The book is a not supposed to be read as an encyclopedia but rather as an introduction to various fields in science.

That being said, the book does a great job of keeping...
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Hi Flipkart,

I would appreciate if you can remove Abhi's comment (http://www.flipkart.com/reviews/RV65ZC7BS1CZ8ITUZ). It is totally misleading and it seems the reader was more interested in fact checking than actually reading the book.

1) Bill Bryson is a travel author with little or no science background
2) He makes it clear on the very first page that he is attempting to explain science specifically for the layman
3) The book is a not supposed to be read as an encyclopedia but rather as an introduction to various fields in science.

That being said, the book does a great job of keeping...
Hi Flipkart,

I would appreciate if you can remove Abhi's comment (http://www.flipkart.com/reviews/RV65ZC7BS1CZ8ITUZ). It is totally misleading and it seems the reader was more interested in fact checking than actually reading the book.

1) Bill Bryson is a travel author with little or no science background
2) He makes it clear on the very first page that he is attempting to explain science specifically for the layman
3) The book is a not supposed to be read as an encyclopedia but rather as an introduction to various fields in science.

That being said, the book does a great job of keeping the readers entertained without going into unnecessary scientific details. It is a not a course book for all those expecting to read it and be an expert in science.

6 of 7 users found this review helpful.
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Abhi
28 May 2012
A Short History Of Useless Information From An Inane Author

This has to be one of the worst books I have come across. A friend lent it and told me it was a fun coverage of facts and incidents. After reading some of it, I'm almost convinced it was a practical joke. It is full of factual errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, not to mention overly lengthy. It is 10% about important events/discoveries, and 30% about people behind it; the rest of it is dedicated just empty words and meaningless trivia.

One gets the impression that this book was penned during commercial breaks while the author was sipping cola drinks & popcorn and gettin...
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This has to be one of the worst books I have come across. A friend lent it and told me it was a fun coverage of facts and incidents. After reading some of it, I'm almost convinced it was a practical joke. It is full of factual errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, not to mention overly lengthy. It is 10% about important events/discoveries, and 30% about people behind it; the rest of it is dedicated just empty words and meaningless trivia.

One gets the impression that this book was penned during commercial breaks while the author was sipping cola drinks & popcorn and gettin...
This has to be one of the worst books I have come across. A friend lent it and told me it was a fun coverage of facts and incidents. After reading some of it, I'm almost convinced it was a practical joke. It is full of factual errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, not to mention overly lengthy. It is 10% about important events/discoveries, and 30% about people behind it; the rest of it is dedicated just empty words and meaningless trivia.

One gets the impression that this book was penned during commercial breaks while the author was sipping cola drinks & popcorn and getting his facts from TV. There are pretentious bits about geology, paleontology, anthropology, epidemiology (and other "-logies") thrown in to add the pretension of author's research. Not surprisingly-like someone who doesn't understand what he's written-he contradicts himself from one page to the next. For instance, he doesn't seem to believe in evolution, but at the same time he says it is a fact. He writes (paraphrased): 'since evolution is applicable to organic matter, why can't it be applicable to inorganic matter, hence it is not true'(page #291).

This book is aimed at:
a) People with no (or little) knowledge of science but can read English;
b) People who spend 2+ hours to commute daily to work during which they want to read something pretentiously knowledgeable.

Perhaps only high point in the implied message is that Bryson has noted the overall destructive nature of mankind w.r.t. the environment and that it needs to change. Avoid this one and SAVE YOUR MONEY for other things.

39% of 33 users found this review helpful.
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sushil kolhatkar
20 Jul 2014
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A must read..

The style of Bill Bryson telling complex things in entertaining way keeps the reader going... Recommended for young and old both who want to know about everything..without feeling a burden of "studying".

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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AKHIL V
28 Apr 2014
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FANTASTIC

It is a great book , covering all the field of science. Especially recommendable for guys interested in science. really a good reading experience. The author has the ability to invite reader's interest even if he is saying complicated concept.He followed a very good pattern to arrange the events from BIG BANG to present day.Really an interesting book to read. He made science a very interesting subject.

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Simply Fascinating !

Frankly speaking, I had always been curious about reading this book, but never bought it, thinking that it would be as complex and dull (sorry Stephen Hawking) as "The Theory of Everything".
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This book makes you feel ashamed and worthless

Wow....hoof....Phew.... what was this guy taking when he wrote this. Better than all the scientists mentioned in there and way beyond what you would expect it to be. Why is this thing not taught at school? Why was I not taught by people like him? It makes you feel like going back to school and re... (View complete review)

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26 Mar 2014
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good book

great book but Need some knowledge before reading... Excellent service by flipkart... good one..

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