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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
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 civilization. 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, paleontology, 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 center 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
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DLC
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Bryson, Bill
Dewey number
500
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q162
LC item number
.B88 2005
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, Bill Bryson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 596-616) and index
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
2517016
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Special illustrated ed., 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Extent
624 p.
Isbn
9780767923224
Lccn
2005283719
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm62169830
  • (OCoLC)62169830
Label
A short history of nearly everything, Bill Bryson
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 596-616) and index
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
2517016
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
Special illustrated ed., 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Extent
624 p.
Isbn
9780767923224
Lccn
2005283719
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm62169830
  • (OCoLC)62169830

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