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.
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- 2 Pair jailed after drugs and cash worth £184k seized in 'peaceful' village
- 3 Villagers call for action after 'worst floods in years'
- 4 Parking issues in Huntingdon are a 'safety hazard' says community chairman
- 5 Man who spent Christmas alone in intensive care proposes to girlfriend
- 6 Stuie Delf launches new fundraising campaign in memory of his brother
- 7 Letter of the Week: 'Could we sue stores who don't enforce mask wearing'?
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- 9 Man guilty of murdering partner's baby son
- 10 Godmanchester Rapist is jailed for 15 years
A truly enchanting book that’s guaranteed to become a firm favourite after the first read.