|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2004|
|Number of Pages:||544|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.25 x 1.5|
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 8, 1951. In 1973, Bryson went backpacking in England, where he eventually decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent, as well as supplementing his income by writing travel articles. Bryson moved back to the States in 1995. His first travel book, The Lost Continent, chronicles a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America.
Since then, he has written several more about the U. K. and the U. S., including bestsellers, A Walk in the Woods, I'm A Stranger Here Myself, and In a Sunburned Country. His other books include Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Walk About, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, the Genius of the Royal Society, and At Home: A Short History of Private Life.
|Lost in the Cosmos||p. 7|
|How to Build a Universe||p. 9|
|Welcome to the Solar System||p. 19|
|The Reverend Evans's Universe||p. 29|
|The Size of the Earth||p. 41|
|The Measure of Things||p. 43|
|The Stone-Breakers||p. 63|
|Science Red in Tooth and Claw||p. 79|
|Elemental Matters||p. 97|
|ANew Age Dawns||p. 113|
|Einstein's Universe||p. 115|
|The Mighty Atom||p. 133|
|Getting the Lead Out||p. 149|
|Muster Mark's Quarks||p. 161|
|The Earth Moves||p. 173|
|Dangerous Planet||p. 187|
|The Fire Below||p. 207|
|Dangerous Beauty||p. 224|
|Life Itself||p. 237|
|Lonely Planet||p. 239|
|Into the Troposphere||p. 255|
|The Bounding Main||p. 270|
|The Rise of Life||p. 287|
|Small World||p. 302|
|Life Goes On||p. 321|
|Good-bye to All That||p. 335|
|The Richness of Being||p. 350|
|Darwin's Singular Notion||p. 381|
|The Stuff of Life||p. 397|
|The Road to us||p. 417|
|Ice Time||p. 419|
|The Mysterious Biped||p. 434|
|The Restless Ape||p. 453|
While this book doesn't cover "nearly everything", it does a fantastic job of tackling certain topics: biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Writing with wit and charm, Bryson, who has hiked the Appalachian Trail (A Walk in the Woods) and traveled around Australia (In a Sunburned Country), now takes us on a scientific odyssey from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Reflecting his gift for making science comprehensible yet fun, he tells the story of the discoveries and the people that have shaped our understanding of the universe.
Along the way, we meet some fascinating and eccentric scientists. Although Bryson clearly intends this book for general readers, subject specialists will also enjoy his wry takes. The 30 chapters are divided among seven scientific topics, and this reviewer found himself reading chapters out of order, selecting topics of particular interest. There are useful footnotes, as well as chapter notes and a bibliography. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. (Index not seen.)
[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/03.] - James Olson, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib, Chicago
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One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.
In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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