A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA Really Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A Really Short History Of Nearly Everything

byBill Bryson

Hardcover | October 28, 2008

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Bill Bryson’s own fascination with science began with a battered old school book he had when he was about ten or eleven years old. It had an illustration that captivated him–a diagram showing Earth’s interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and removed about a quarter of its bulk. The idea of lots of startled cars and people falling off the edge of that sudden cliff (and 4,000 miles is a pretty long way to fall) was what grabbed him in the beginning, but gradually his attention turned to what the picture was trying to teach him: namely that Earth’s interior is made up of several different layers of materials, and at the very centre is a glowing sphere of iron and nickel,
as hot as the Sun’s surface, according to the caption. And he very clearly remembers thinking: “How do they know that?”

Bill’s storytelling skill makes the “How?” and, just as importantly, the “Who?” of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. He covers the wonder and mystery of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.
Bill Bryson’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, In a Sunburned Country, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, which won him the 2004 Aventis Prize. He lives in England with his wife and children.
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Title:A Really Short History Of Nearly EverythingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 11.3 × 8.8 × 0.7 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385666861

ISBN - 13:9780385666862

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book! Great, interesting read that really makes you think about life and humans.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kids will love school Captivating!! such simplicity and very educational at the same time. Easy to understand what was so confusing in school or makes appealing what has yet to be taught in school. It's that all amazing pictionary that every kid will keep and revisit just to daydream about their future, their life, the planet, the history..... knowledge is power. My three kids are nuts about this book, every time they squeal over it, there's something new!
Date published: 2010-11-19

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“Brims with strange and amazing facts . . . destined to become a modern classic of science writing.”
-The New York Times