10.16.2005

Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything



A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Bryson, best known for his quaint and funny observances of life around the globe, takes an entirely different tack with this hefty (500+ page) volume.

Bryson devoted nearly three years of his life to researching and writing a book that chronicles all that we know about the Earth - from origins to weather to gravity to evolution to Mother Nature. Nothing is left out, and this book is chock-a-block with quirky tales of scientists, heavy chemistry and physics, the odd one-liner and a sense of accomplishment and a bit (or a lot) of knowledge at the end.

Though I found it best not to read this right through, but rather in short bursts, it became something of a quest for me to finish. It's been ages since high school chemistry and I didn't so do well the first time 'round, but I feel like I understand the scientific origins and maturations of Earth better than ever before after reading this. You will too!

Recommended!

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