A Short History of Nearly Everything

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In A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson undertakes the task of explaining every noteworthy event from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization or as he puts it “…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.” Bryson explains his reasoning for writing the books was because he was discontented with the textbook version of science that failed to explain how everything came to be and why it was that way. He then devoted three years to research in order to write a book in which science can be described in a comprehensible way. This is a vast amount of information and to better organize it Bryson has split the…show more content…
So again I state, I greatly enjoyed this book. I had come across an excerpt of the book and found it intriguing so I decided to give it a read and I am glad I did. This book was well written and Bryson used layman’s terms to describe some of sciences most confusing topics in a way that I could understand. I think that the intended audience for the book is normal people who would like to know the how’s and why’s behind science. Bryson relays factual information with a witty and humorous air that makes you pause in your reading and smile. The overall writing style is educational and professional without being vague or snooty. What I liked best about the book was the way it conveyed information and the fact that the information itself was very detailed without being boring. I also highly enjoyed the jokes that Bryson included for example, “Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember you can always watch the birth of the universe. (pg 12)” Or maybe even, “By introducing extra dimensions, superstring theory enables physicists to pull together quantum laws and gravitational ones into one comparatively tidy package, but it also means that anything scientists say about the theory begins to sound worryingly like the sort of thoughts that would

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