Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
WRITING a short beginner’s history of the world was never going to be an easy undertaking.
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
WRITING a short beginner’s history of the world was never going to be an easy undertaking. After all, a lot has happened in the past 14 billion years. From antibiotics to X-rays, we’ve been a busy bunch.
With such an incredible amount of information to explore, it would be impossible to know where to begin, but one of our best-loved writers is luckily on hand to help.
With his characteristically childlike wonder (and tantrums!) Bill Bryson jumps into the world of backwardly-built dinosaurs and deadly concoctions to draw together the very best and worst of science in this incredible guide.
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The book is littered throughout with extraordinary personalities, tales of astounding genius, and instances of stomach-churning stupidity (the destruction of the last dodo specimen is guaranteed to cause a cringe).
Alongside this host of funny, bizarre anecdotes and trivia, Bryson explores and explains all the greatest scientific theories and discoveries in a thoroughly approachable way, finding the beauty and wonder in even the most challenging of topics.
- 1 Father-of-five murdered due to 'drug deal dispute gone wrong'
- 2 Man charged after knife found in St Neots police raid
- 3 Over 100 modern slavery victims rescued in Cambridgeshire
- 4 Jail for 'despicable' burglary on 93-year-old man with dementia
- 5 'Loving, caring family man' dies in hospital weeks after A141 crash
- 6 St Neots schoolgirl takes on bike ride for Children in Need
- 7 Former Stevenage midfielder is the new manager of Eynesbury Rovers
- 8 Reflect on the 'rich tints of Autumn' at open gardens this weekend
- 9 Appeal for foster parents to come forward
- 10 Axe-wielding burglar smashed way into St Neots house
A truly enchanting book that’s guaranteed to become a firm favourite after the first read.