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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (English, Paperback, Bill Bryson)

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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything  (English, Paperback, Bill Bryson)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780552562966, 0552562963
    • Edition: 2010
    • Pages: 176
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    In this new and exciting edition of A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson narrates the history and evolution of scientific discoveries that explain, among other things, how and why we exist.

    Summary Of The Book

    This edition of A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything is a special abridged edition, adapted to meet the needs of a younger readership. It’s a book whose subject matter was inspired by an incident that occurred in Bill’s childhood. One day, when he was about ten or eleven years old, he was sitting with an old, roughed up science textbook. This book had an illustration which immediately captured his attention. It was a picture of the earth, with one-fourth of it cut away, and showing how the inside of the earth would appear if it was ever cut in this fashion. Bill recalls thinking how anyone could have known that.

    Bill’s major inspiration for writing this book, however, came from the fact that he was dissatisfied with his grasp on science. He felt distant from the subject through all of his schooling years, and thought that his teachers and textbooks never really delved into the hows and whys, robbing the process of learning science with its passion.

    A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything infuses passion into learning science. It talks about the who and how of the various prominent scientific discoveries, and is ably guided by Bill’s great skill of storytelling, thereby making this content accessible to people of all ages.
    In this edition, Bill writes about the mysteries of space and time, the eccentricity and obsessive methods used by idiosyncratic scientists, the wacko theories that were believed to be true for very long, and the scientific discoveries that came about as an accident when people were actually looking for something entirely different or were thinking about it all wrong. The book also talks about the deep aspects of science, as it were, such as the existence of the universe, and how life emerged on our planet earth.

    The book is humorous and makes the big scientific theories of the past and present accessible even to the young minds.

    A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything generally received positive reviews, mainly on the grounds that the content was entertaining, well written, and informative. It received the EU Descartes Prize and the Aventis Prize.

    About Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson is an author.

    He is the author of other titles such as Neither Here Nor There, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Notes from a Small Island, Made in America, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America and Mother Tongue: The English Language.

    Bill was born in Iowa. He studied for two years at Drake University before dropping out. He decided instead to travel to Europe for the next four months. He, however, returned to college and completed his degree. Then, he moved to Britain and worked as a journalist for many years. Back in US in the year 1995, he began writing books regularly. He is the recipient of the James Joyce Award, the President’s Award, and the Golden Eagle Award.

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    • CORGI CHILDRENS
    Publication Year
    • 2010
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    • Bill Bryson
    Author Info

    • Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He succeeded Sir Peter Ustinov as Chancellor of the University of Durham in April 2005. His bestsellers include The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything which won the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2004.
    Additional Features
    Age Group
    • 9-12 years
    Dimensions
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    • 0.43 Inches (US)
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    • 11.02 Inches (US)
    Weight
    • 726.0 Grams
    Ratings & Reviews
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    5

    Thanks GSRetail for prompt delivery.

    Gifted this to my brother(in 10th Std. now) to get him started on the wonderful journey of Science and History.
    He liked it. Slowly trying to absorb the wonderful facts.. :)
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    Alok Ranjan

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    May, 2015

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    Great time killer

    its an excellent illustrated book for adults and kids alike. I have read it multiple times. very informative and interesting facts about everything around us we didn't know. A great gift for kids aged 6+
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    Sanjiban Ghoshal

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    A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

    A terrific book both me and my 10 year old love to read. The illustrations are colorful and perfect. Bill Bryson's writing style is fun and engaging. This book should engage everyone from 7 yrs to 70 yrs.
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    Shailesh Khanolkar

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    Feb, 2012

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    Super!

    Just awesome!! The language of the author is really very much interesting
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Really Nice

    Overall good book..especially for the kids.
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Worth having!

    Lot of pictures and its for kids they get basic info of many things.,,
    Bought for my daughters and ordered for friend's son too!
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    Shankari

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    Dec, 2014

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    Awesome Book!!

    I have read this book, it has undoubtedly better than my exepectations!
    Definately a book for ANCIENT DIECOVERERS!
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    Rohan

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    May, 2014

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    GOOD

    its very nice interesting book , with all color full picture with explanation , and i got this book in 2 working days
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    Kantanand US

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    Apr, 2014

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    Finest Piece by "Master Author"

    I've already read it several times.
    This book is full of caricatures mean to explain science in a different way.
    This book should be in the category "Must Read" For everyone who want to know about
    Several factors in Science.
    Sure Bill Bryson is the best in the business.

    Thanks Flipkart
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    Srini Lakshman

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    Nov, 2013

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    Just wow!

    Book is awesome , but corners were damaged during shipping , better packing was expected .
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    Nilesh Jaybhaye

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    Dec, 2016

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