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The Resource A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition, Bill Bryson

A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition, Bill Bryson

Label
A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition
Title
A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition
Statement of responsibility
Bill Bryson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilisation. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, palaeontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the centre of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge
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
Tone
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
Cataloging source
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
adult
Label
A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition, Bill Bryson
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
Previous ed.: 2003
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 596-616) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Lost in the cosmos. How to build a universe ; Welcome to the solar system ; The Reverend Evans's universe -- The size of the Earth. The measure of things ; The stone-breakers ; Science red in tooth and claw ; Elemental matters -- A new age dawns. Einstein's universe ; The mighty atom ; Getting the lead out ; Muster Mark's quarks ; The earth moves -- Dangerous planet. Bang! ; The fire below ; Dangerous beauty -- Life itself. Lonely planet ; Into the troposphere ; The bounding main ; The rise of life ; Small world ; Life goes on ; Goodbye to all that ; The richness of being ; Cells ; Darwin's singular notion ; The stuff of life -- The road to us. Ice time ; The mysterious Biped ; The restless ape ; Goodbye
Control code
000028647738
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Special illustrated edition, First U.S. paperback edition.
Extent
624 pages
Isbn
9780385609616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)62169830
Label
A short history of nearly everything. Special illustrated edition, Bill Bryson
Link
Publication
Note
Previous ed.: 2003
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 596-616) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Lost in the cosmos. How to build a universe ; Welcome to the solar system ; The Reverend Evans's universe -- The size of the Earth. The measure of things ; The stone-breakers ; Science red in tooth and claw ; Elemental matters -- A new age dawns. Einstein's universe ; The mighty atom ; Getting the lead out ; Muster Mark's quarks ; The earth moves -- Dangerous planet. Bang! ; The fire below ; Dangerous beauty -- Life itself. Lonely planet ; Into the troposphere ; The bounding main ; The rise of life ; Small world ; Life goes on ; Goodbye to all that ; The richness of being ; Cells ; Darwin's singular notion ; The stuff of life -- The road to us. Ice time ; The mysterious Biped ; The restless ape ; Goodbye
Control code
000028647738
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Special illustrated edition, First U.S. paperback edition.
Extent
624 pages
Isbn
9780385609616
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)62169830

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