A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: He is one of the world’s most beloved author with a spectacular book “A Short History of Nearly Everything” that is indescribably interesting and pleasing. His book solved over three hundred and thousand copies. The intriguing science book received generally positive reviews with many praising the author’s efforts to expose major facts that had remained hidden for decades.
Bill Bryson traveled almost all the entire Appalachian Trail with major reasons of understanding everything about the universe. He believes that though science is taught in school, most teachers never reached the depth of the whys, hows, and whens. Taking matters into his own hands, Bill met various mathematicians, anthropologists, and archaeologists, finding answers about the universe .
Going back to about three hundred years back, Bill retrieves various facts about the major challenges today about the universe and its inhabitants. From the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bill seeks answers to the tremendous transformation of human beings from where they were to where we are right now. The book is the record of his quest and it is profound, funny at times, entertaining, clear, and an intriguing adventure in the realms of human knowledge by Bill. In his book, Bill proves that science has never been more entertaining and engaging than this.
Difficult as Bill’s targeted concepts may be, he manages to entertain us with his historical vignettes. The book introduces some of us to the Victorian naturalist, whose scientific endeavors consisted of serving up a mole and spider to his guests. In the same way, Norwegian paleontologist, who miscounted the number of fingers and toes on one of the vital fossil findings of history and never allowed any other individual to take a look at it for more than forty-eight years.
Bill described his book as modern history, and indeed, just like tribes, a predilection for foundation myths. The author lets various previously hidden characters known – Charles Doolittle Walcott, he chances on the fossil-rich Burgess Shales after his horse slipped on a wet track. The comic events of Darwin’s supposed “Eureka”- a moment in the Galapagos, when he spotted differences in the size of finch beaks on various islands, is also quickly dealt with.
And what about romance? According to Bill, this belongs in nature’s infinitudes- the incomprehensible vastness of the cosmos, the sheer improbabilities of life, the unthinkable counter-intuitiveness of quantum mechanics, and the tiniest of elementary particles.
Bryson also attacks various writers who coneal numerous facts and goes ahead to attack them rather than their displayed messages. He goes ahead that as many purchase science books, describing it as a superior sphere, some scientific writers commonly incorporated with complicated jargons. As there are various beliefs, and facts, there are many people who aren’t ready to believe in miracles, magic, and afterlife.
The prestigious Aventis Prize for best general science book in 2004 was awarded to Bryson, while in 2005, the book enabled him to win the EU Descartes Prize for science communication, and in the same year, it was considered for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
The author is behind major books like;
- The Palace under the Alps
- Over 200 Other Unusual
- Unspoiled and Infrequently Visited Spots in 16 European Countries
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
- The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (U.S.)- Mother Tongue: The English Language
- Notes from a Small Island
- Made in America (UK) / Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
- The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
- One Summer: America, 1927
- A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
- At Home: A Short History of Private Life
- Icons of England
- Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
- Bill Bryson’s African Diary
- Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words
- Notes from a Big Country (UK) / I’m a Stranger Here Myself (U.S.)
- Down Under (UK) / In a Sunburned Country (U.S.)
- In 2013, Bill was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
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