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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.

Specifications of Short History Of Nearly Everything, A (Paperback)

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Author Bill Bryson
Book Details
Publisher BLACK SWAN
Imprint Black Swan
Publication Year 2004
ISBN-13 9780552997041
ISBN-10 0552997048
Language English
Edition New edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 688 Pages
Dimensions
Width 34.0 inch
Height 198.0 inch
Weight 484 g
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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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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.

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18 Oct 2013
Great work by a writer!! It made me actually come online and review it!! (Which I never bothered to do before)

Have to say this....do not judge this book based on Abhi's review. This book is not an encyclopaedia. It is a short history. Just that.
Bill Bryson is a well known author known for his humorous and witty style of writing. In this book, he goes through a lot of information, trying to explain popular theories in diverse fields of science. It shows great curiosity on the part of the writer. Anyone one who reads this book will admit it is a huge task mainly because he is not aiming to put forth a collection of amazing facts but is trying to connect the dots to find the answer to the question of...
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Have to say this....do not judge this book based on Abhi's review. This book is not an encyclopaedia. It is a short history. Just that.
Bill Bryson is a well known author known for his humorous and witty style of writing. In this book, he goes through a lot of information, trying to explain popular theories in diverse fields of science. It shows great curiosity on the part of the writer. Anyone one who reads this book will admit it is a huge task mainly because he is not aiming to put forth a collection of amazing facts but is trying to connect the dots to find the answer to the question of...
Have to say this....do not judge this book based on Abhi's review. This book is not an encyclopaedia. It is a short history. Just that.
Bill Bryson is a well known author known for his humorous and witty style of writing. In this book, he goes through a lot of information, trying to explain popular theories in diverse fields of science. It shows great curiosity on the part of the writer. Anyone one who reads this book will admit it is a huge task mainly because he is not aiming to put forth a collection of amazing facts but is trying to connect the dots to find the answer to the question of our existence. The dots happen to be in all branches of science - paleontology, geology, geography, meteorology, physics, chemistry and what not. This book was written for the laymen, not scientists, laymen like me and most probably you. He explains in terms which make sense, often giving explanations in physical terms so that we can, at the very least, try and imagine. Scientists often live their lives in utter pursuit of their very specialized branches. Bill Bryson gives a broad view of the achievements in science along with anecdotes and stories of these single minded men and women. The general public may well not understand scientific theories for they seem like Greek and Latin ( ever felt like that? ). He puts it simple statements which we can understand and further goes on to bring all those theories together to answer our existence. Whats more interesting is how fate ( for a lack of a better word) runs through time. Some individuals who work all their life and succeed ( in proving a theory) are confined to obscurity while less deserving people taste limelight success. It reveals the fact that people play dirty, very dirty to achieve fame. Yes, this is a well known fact but I ll bet that you will feel very strongly as the author writes about them with the gift of restrospection. Understand that this book is not some 10,000 amazingly amazing facts but something far more useful than that. It gives a birds eye view of the world, just basically gives you a new perspective to look through. There are a few mistakes and to his credit Bryson accepts them. The mistakes in the book are online and mostly deal with statistics. Nevertheless, the fact remains a person has undertaken such a project and has accomplished it. The book is for laymen not for uber-obsessive scientists which is why it is not just plain and devoid of color. It is interesting which makes you want to finish the book. Unlike college textbooks. Which are boring. Certainly for me ;)

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25 Jan 2014
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a must read- if you are normal human made of cells (best for satiating curiosity)

I was not willing to write anything ( some microbes evolved lazy),but I am forced to, as one of the comment below has called this book insane.

and I will not tell about the fun of reading it,that's up to you how much your brain enjoy it.
here have the glimpses of it..........

Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold. The similarity in colour seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible.

according to e=mc2 If you are an average-sized adult, you contain within you enough potential energy to explode with the force o...
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I was not willing to write anything ( some microbes evolved lazy),but I am forced to, as one of the comment below has called this book insane.

and I will not tell about the fun of reading it,that's up to you how much your brain enjoy it.
here have the glimpses of it..........

Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold. The similarity in colour seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible.

according to e=mc2 If you are an average-sized adult, you contain within you enough potential energy to explode with the force o...
I was not willing to write anything ( some microbes evolved lazy),but I am forced to, as one of the comment below has called this book insane.

and I will not tell about the fun of reading it,that's up to you how much your brain enjoy it.
here have the glimpses of it..........

Phosphor was accidentally discovered when a scientist tried to turn human urine into gold. The similarity in colour seemed to have been a factor in his conviction that this was possible.

according to e=mc2 If you are an average-sized adult, you contain within you enough potential energy to explode with the force of 30 very large hydrogen bombs.

how the life of rocks was predicted to be more than earth's life.....

every page of this book is fantastic and evolution of common sense.

most important-- what this book is not.

It is not history book
it is science course book
not for competitions prepration
not a fiction novel
not a love story
not for over educated people or noble laureates
it is not short
not an encyclopedia
not for exteremely serious people (microbes evolve that way too).

I wish you to be curious and enjoy this book and to explore more about it check goodreads.com

and yes delivery from flipkart was prompt and prices till now cheaper than others.

0 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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11 Jan 2013
Very insightful and informative. Interesting read. Lots of topics are covered.

This book is about life and many facts and deductions based on our understanding of the planet earth, fossils and progress in various sciences. Chapters on meteors and bacteria tell us how susceptible we as humans are and how fickle and how miraculous it is that we are alive. Seems billions of species have come up and gone extinct over billions of years.
Then there are some hilarious and little known facts about famous scientists and explorers.
The sheer expanse of the book is awesome.

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I was not willing to write anything ( some microbes evolved lazy),but I am forced to, as one of the comment below has called this book insane.

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