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A Short History of Nearly Everything


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Bill Bryson Review cont...The book is organized into 6 main chapters.Lost in the CosmosExamines the Big Bang and the start of everything, and mankind's exploration of our solar system and beyond. The Size of the EarthOutlines the history of the numerous science pioneers who discovered gravity, the size and weight of the Earthand the earliest dinosaur fossil hunters.A New Age DawnsThe twentieth century and the discoveries of Einstein and other giants.Dangerous PlanetA fascinating and unnerving chapter about super volcanoes such as Yellowstone National Park, and the ever presentthreat of asteroids.Life ItselfAn absorbing chapter on where the human species originated from and the jouney of discovery of Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel.The Road to UsIce ages, climate changes, the rise of man, the tragedy of species extinction and the threat of climate change.


Yes, that's about right, and in A short history of nearly everything he does pretty much the same thing. The only difference is that here the places he visits are not just on the other side of the planet, they're also inside the planet, all around the planet and a very, very long way away from the planet. They also range from places he visited last year to the place where it all begansomething like 13.7 billion years ago. It's a lot of ground to cover.


But where the book does succeed is in its scope. For a single writer to cover so many disparate subjects, and do so with such confidence and so engagingly, is a remarkable achievement. A short history may come up well short of the cutting edge of contemporary science, but it certainly helps explain how we got there in the first place.


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