A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Tackling everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, the author makes the why, how, and who of scientific discovery accessible for young readers.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780385738101

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 169

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Tackling everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, the author makes the why, how, and who of scientific discovery accessible for young readers.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1784161853

Category: Science

Page: 672

View: 767

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

BILL BRYSON A Short History of Nearly Everything ... is a witty , engaging and well - informed guide THE TIMES A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF Nearly · EVERYTHING ...

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241451957

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

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The extraordinary Bill Bryson takes us from the Big Bang to the dawn of science in this book about basically everything. Ever wondered how we got from nothing to something? Or thought about how we can weigh the earth? Or wanted to reach the edge of the universe? Uncover the mysteries of time, space and life on earth in this extraordinary book - a journey from the centre of the planet to the dawn of the dinosaurs, and everything in between. And discover our own incredible journey, from single cell to civilisation, including the brilliant (and sometimes very bizarre) scientists who helped us find out the how and why. Adapted from A Short History of Nearly Everything, the ground-breaking bestseller, this book is stunningly illustrated throughout, and accessible for all ages ************************************************************************ Reviews for A Short History of Nearly Everything: 'It's the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists.' Evening Standard 'I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written' Sunday Telegraph 'A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again' Daily Express 'The very book I have been looking for most of my life' Daily Mail

At Home

In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of ...

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409095541

Category: History

Page: 704

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In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live.This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

Quicklet on Bill Bryson s A Short History of Nearly Everything CliffNotes like Summary

In the years since writing A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson has edited two popular science anthologies, On the Shoulders of Giants, ...

Author: Nicole Cipri

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614640610

Category: Study Aids

Page: 26

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ABOUT THE BOOK In his introduction to A Short History of Nearly Everything, author Bill Bryson describes a childhood experience common to many of us: a brief infatuation with science, with all its potential and possibility. For Bryson, it was inspired by a textbook’s cut-away illustration of the interior strata of the Earth, with the molten core at the center. For myself, it was a children’s biography of Jacques Cousteau. Excited by the nearly endless prospects of science, the questions that could finally satisfy a child’s curiosity, we both reached for more books, and found our budding passions firmly squashed by an impenetrable wall of unfathomable writing. As Bryson writes in his introduction, “there seemed to be a mystifying universal conspiracy among textbook authors to make certain the material they dealt with never strayed too near the realm of the mildly interesting.” Bryson wrote A Short History of Nearly Everything as an antidote to the dry-as-dust science tomes that weigh down students’ backpacks. It is a layman’s love song to science, to its strange history and stranger characters. Published in 2003, it has been become a popular addition to the popular science genre. MEET THE AUTHOR Nicole Cipri is a restless wanderer and passionate writer. A graduate of the Evergreen State School in Olympia, WA, Nicole has since written about such varied topics as modern urban farming, the role of glitterbombing as political theater, and the economic impacts of natural disasters. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, @nicolecipri. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Drama abounded in the 19th century. After the discovery of the first dinosaur fossil in 1784, and with subsequent uncovering of massive bones that belonged to other extinct species, there was an uncomfortable public debate concerning extinctions. Why, after all, would an omniscient God create species of animals only to casually wipe them out? Throughout history, the sciences have routinely butted heads with the Church, a trend that continues today. From geology and paleontology, Bryson moves to chemistry. With its origins in the enigmatic studies of alchemy, chemistry evolved along its own strange path. Bryson tells one exemplifying story, in which an amateur alchemist became convinced the he could distill gold from human urine. “The similarity of color,” Bryson explains, “seems to have been a factor in his conclusion.” In an attempt to prove his hypothesis, the man collected fifty buckets of human urine, which he kept in his cellar. After a few months, the man noted, the substance in the buckets began to glow or explode into flames when exposed to air. He had failed in distilling gold from urine, but he had succeeded in creating phosphorous. Buy a copy to keep reading!

The Body

The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.' Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473508150

Category: Science

Page: 544

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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER _______ 'A directory of wonders.' – The Guardian 'Jaw-dropping.' – The Times 'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson...an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' – The Sunday Times 'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.' – The Daily Telegraph _______ ‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us.’ Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up. A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this new book is an instant classic. It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again. ‘What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.’ Bill Bryson

Bryson s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Here is a very personal selection of spellings and usages, covering such head-scratchers as capitalization, plurals, abbreviations and foreign names and phrases.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407094394

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 464

View: 220

What is the difference between cant and jargon, or assume and presume? What is a fandango? How do you spell supersede? Is it hippy or hippie? These questions really matter to Bill Bryson, as they do to anyone who cares about the English language. Originally published as The Penguin Dictionary for Writers and Editors, Bryson's Dictionary for Writers and Editors has now been completely revised and updated for the twenty-first century by Bill Bryson himself. Here is a very personal selection of spellings and usages, covering such head-scratchers as capitalization, plurals, abbreviations and foreign names and phrases. Bryson also gives us the difference between British and American usages, and miscellaneous pieces of essential information you never knew you needed, like the names of all the Oxford colleges, or the correct spelling of Brobdingnag. An indispensable companion to all those who write, work with the written word, or who just enjoy getting things right, it gives rulings that are both authoritative and commonsense, all in Bryson's own inimitably goodhumoured way.

A Short History of Nearly Everything Paranormal

... for as only a very short time has elapsed since 1759, most of the inhabitants are still alive who were eyewitnesses of this occurrence.

Author: Terje Simonsen

Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers

ISBN: 1786783576

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 544

View: 584

The book on the paranormal, endorsed by consciousness experts as the best introduction to psychic phenomena, offering the latest scientific research as well as highly compelling anecdotes. "Superb survey of the paranormal ... I cannot recommend it highly enough." - New York Times bestselling author Herbie Brennan This is the most entertaining and broad survey of the paranormal ever made, combining forgotten lore, evidence from parapsychological experiments and the testament of scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, psychologists, physicists and philosophers, and also quite a few celebrities. Exploring the possibility that paranormal phenomena may be - and that some most likely are - objectively real, this travelogue through the twilight zone of human consciousness is both scientifically rigorous and extremely entertaining. Readers may be surprised to learn that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality, that Cleopatra's lost palace and Richard III's burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance, and that an espionage program using psychics was set up by the US military! The author proposes that all humans (perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a sort of "mental internet" that allows us to exchange "telepathic emails" and make clairvoyant downloads of information. Could it be that what we usually call "supernatural" is a natural but little understood communication via this mental internet? An engaging, entertaining and informative analysis of a controversial subject, in which these phenomena are approached as potential expressions of unexplained powers of the human mind.

Bill Bryson

Bryson produced a rewritten version of the book for younger readers in 2008 , entitled A Really Short History of Nearly Everything .

Author: Scott P. Richert

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761441205

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 127

View: 760

"A biography of writer Bill Bryson that describes his era, major works, and life"--Provided by publisher.

Ban the Book Report

Both are questions I gave thought of before picking up A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING. It was the back of the book that really caught me.

Author: Graham Foster

Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1551382644

Category: Education

Page: 112

View: 551

Teachers recognize that frequent independent reading increases student knowledge on a wide range of topics, enhances vocabulary, and improves comprehension. Ban the Book Report inspires teachers to go beyond narrow and analytical book reports by exploring the potential of book talks, alternate book covers, identifying features of informational books, newspaper headlines and articles, talk-show interviews, diary entries for characters and letters to authors. This remarkable resource offers more than twenty specific assignments with its own rubric written in student-friendly language along with student response exemplars from real classrooms. Tips to help teachers launch and manage an independent reading program complement this timely book.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

This was obviously a very good thing for us – but especially so as it happened such a long time ago. If it had happened in 1896 or last Wednesday, ...

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409095487

Category: Science

Page: 672

View: 126

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Reality Rules II A Guide to Teen Nonfiction Reading Interests

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Delacorte Press, 2008. 169p. ISBN 978038573810. MJ This abridged, adapted edition of Bryson's Short ...

Author: Elizabeth Fraser

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610692926

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

View: 913

A must-have resource for librarians, teachers, and parents on the popular and growing area of teen nonfiction—a genre now mandated by the Common Core Standards.

SUMMARY A Short History Of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

We don't really know what caused species extinctions even though we have several hypotheses such as global warming or cooling, sea level change, ...

Author: Shortcut Edition

Publisher: Shortcut Edition

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 35

View: 508

* Our summary is short, simple and pragmatic. It allows you to have the essential ideas of a big book in less than 30 minutes. *By reading this summary, you will address the major scientific questions of life and the Universe. It will help you understand where you come from and what planet you live on. *You will also discover that : The Earth is only a tiny part of the Universe. There are many dangers threatening us, both underground and in our solar system. Our ancestors, the Homo Sapiens hominids, did not reveal all their secrets. The world of the infinitely small is as important as the world of the infinitely large. *To begin with, it is necessary to know that we owe our existence only to a hazardous assembly of atoms. Our life is made up of these extraordinary atomic mixtures. This idea brings us to this first observation: our life is hanging by a thread, just like our survival. Indeed, the longevity of the human species is as uncertain as these assemblages of atoms. *Buy now the summary of this book for the modest price of a cup of coffee!

The History of Life A Very Short Introduction

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) These are the lasting images of the Carboniferous – great forests of strange fern-like trees, ...

Author: Michael J. Benton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199226326

Category: Science

Page: 170

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This Very Short Introduction presents a succinct and accessible guide to the key episodes in the story of life on earth - from the very origins of life four million years ago to the extraordinary diversity of species around the globe today.

A Companion to World History

5 Craig Benjamin teaches big history at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. ... A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.

Author: Douglas Northrop

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118977513

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 803

A Companion to World History presents over 30 essays from an international group of historians that both identify continuing areas of contention, disagreement, and divergence in world and global history, and point to directions for further debate. Features a diverse cast of contributors that include established world historians and emerging scholars Explores a wide range of topics and themes, including and the practice of world history, key ideas of world historians, the teaching of world history and how it has drawn upon and challenged "traditional" teaching approaches, and global approaches to writing world history Places an emphasis on non-Anglophone approaches to the topic Considers issues of both scholarship and pedagogy on a transnational, interregional, and world/global scale

A Religious Journey

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. New York: Random House, Children's Book Division. Chaucer, G. (1387-4000). The Canterbury Tales.

Author: Fred Marquis Worrell

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1525540920

Category: Philosophy

Page: 136

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Have you ever thought about the meaning of life and the role of religion? Professor Worrell presents his agnostic journey as a cultural Christian to answer both aspects of this important question beginning with his early college days. This autobiographical account from faith to doubt includes personal, academic, philosophical, administrative, and anecdotal experiences throughout his career as a social scientist over the years. Executives will be interested in the inclusion by the author of an early program initiated by an AT&T executive and directed by the University of Pennsylvania faculty and their selected prominent guests who emphasize the importance of the literary arts as a factor to enhance decision making for top managers. Moreover, all readers may see avenues to broaden their own perspectives or to pursue other genres. Mr. Worrell’s memoir uniquely introduces the reader to a dialogue with his friend Paul R. (Bob) Indrome in an attempt to provide some humor throughout the presentation of his journey. This odyessey can be read in one sitting, or in days and weeks, depending upon reflection? It is only the author’s reflection of his journey. What questions do you ponder from time to time throughout your own journey of life?

The Road to Little Dribbling

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written.

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385539290

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 485

A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy.

Spooky Physics The Illustrated Edition

How does one cover a short history of nearly everything? Well, while this is a very difficult task, Bryson certain succeeds in familiarizing the reader with ...

Author: Andrea Diem-Lane

Publisher: MSAC Philosophy Group

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 48

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This is the illustrated version of Dr. Andre Diem-Lane's earlier book, Spooky Physics, which was later published in a small paperback under the title Quantum Weirdness. Includes a detailed analysis of the famous Einstein-Bohr debate over the future of physics. Fully illuminated with black and white photographs and graphs.

Chrology

Bryson, B. A Short History of Nearly Everything. 83. Bryson, B. A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. 84. Bunn, J. H. The Natural Law of Cycles. 85.

Author: Ulrich Ndilira Rotam

Publisher: novum publishing

ISBN: 1642681202

Category: Science

Page: 138

View: 157

Chrology was conducted in various and generalize domain to catch all universe and his presence in one law. Over eighteen years of quest, these researches open a huge door to Rotam to discover a single and absolute law that governs all presence and existence of Universe. Chrology is the science of all sciences, unification of all human knowledge and show the whole universe in its different faces of existence. Chrology explain everything that the entire system of the universe allows us to access, understand that escape our standard methods. Chrology opens up a new conception and new ideas to add to our knowledge to understand how the absolute mysteries, the immeasurable beauties and the complexities of the universe must present itself to our access with a unique law.

The A Z of Pointless

A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING 0 A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING 7 AWALK IN THE WOODS 8 AT HOME 2 BILL BRYSON'S AFRICAN DIARY 3 BRYSON'S ...

Author: Alexander Armstrong

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444782754

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 432

View: 989

Journey from A-Z, playing 26 rounds of Pointless with family and friends and enjoy facts, banter and musings from Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman. Inside you'll find hundreds of questions for all the family from TV's most popular quiz show, Pointless. (You will also find thousands of answers, which is very handy.) Taking you on a journey from A to Z you will learn amazing facts, from Agincourt and Andy Warhol to Zinedine Zidane and Zimbabwe, and everything in between. As an added bonus Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, also reveal their exclusive A to Z of behind the scenes gossip and Pointless secrets, all written with their trademark wit, alongside exclusive drawings by Moose Allain. Everyone you know will love this book. Except maybe for that couple you met on holiday, and, be honest, you didn't really like them anyway. I mean, she was alright, but what was up with him?