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The Resource A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson

A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson

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A short history of nearly everything
Title
A short history of nearly everything
Statement of responsibility
Bill Bryson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Everytying' is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - 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 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, such as the painfully shy Henry Cavendish, who worked out important conundrums including how much the earthweighed, but failed to report 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." -- Publisher's website
Summary
The author traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world's most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are
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Writing style
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2003
  • Royal Society General Prizes for Science Books, 2004.
  • YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2009.
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158476
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DLC
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Bryson, Bill
Dewey number
500
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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Science
Target audience
general
Label
A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 655-[672]
Contents
Part One. Lost in the cosmos. 1. How to build a universe -- 2. Welcome to the Solar System -- 3. The Reverend Evans's universe -- Part Two. The size of the Earth -- 4. The measure of things -- 5. The stone-breakers -- 6. Science red in tooth and claw -- 7. Elemental matters -- Part Three. A new age dawns -- 8. Einstein's universe -- 9. The mighty atom -- 10. Getting the lead out -- 11. Muster Mark's quarks -- 12. The Earth moves -- Part Four. Dangerous planet -- 13. Bang! -- 14. The fire below -- 15. Dangerous beauty -- Part five. Life itself -- 16. Lonely plante -- 17. Into the troposphere -- 18. The bounding main -- 19. The rise of life -- 20. Small world -- 21. Life goes on -- 22. Goodbye to all that -- 23. The richness of being -- 24. Cells -- 25. Darwin's singular notion -- 26. The stuff of life -- Part Six. The road to us -- 27. Ice time -- 28. The mysterious biped -- 29. The restless ape -- 30. Goodbye
Control code
000025915016
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
686 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780552997041
Other physical details
ill.
Label
A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 655-[672]
Contents
Part One. Lost in the cosmos. 1. How to build a universe -- 2. Welcome to the Solar System -- 3. The Reverend Evans's universe -- Part Two. The size of the Earth -- 4. The measure of things -- 5. The stone-breakers -- 6. Science red in tooth and claw -- 7. Elemental matters -- Part Three. A new age dawns -- 8. Einstein's universe -- 9. The mighty atom -- 10. Getting the lead out -- 11. Muster Mark's quarks -- 12. The Earth moves -- Part Four. Dangerous planet -- 13. Bang! -- 14. The fire below -- 15. Dangerous beauty -- Part five. Life itself -- 16. Lonely plante -- 17. Into the troposphere -- 18. The bounding main -- 19. The rise of life -- 20. Small world -- 21. Life goes on -- 22. Goodbye to all that -- 23. The richness of being -- 24. Cells -- 25. Darwin's singular notion -- 26. The stuff of life -- Part Six. The road to us -- 27. Ice time -- 28. The mysterious biped -- 29. The restless ape -- 30. Goodbye
Control code
000025915016
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
686 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780552997041
Other physical details
ill.

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