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A Short History of Nearly Everything (original: 2003; edição: 2004)

de Bill Bryson

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In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge.… (mais)
Membro:Bibliofemmes
Título:A Short History of Nearly Everything
Autores:Bill Bryson
Informação:Broadway Books (2004), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 544 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Science, scientists, history, time, biopics

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A Short History of Nearly Everything de Bill Bryson (2003)

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Finally finished listening to this large book. I love books like these that cover a whole range of scientific materials. And Bryson is a gifted writer, who lends his talents to often difficult subjects, injecting them with historical context and good humor.

It came out in 2003, so obviously it's a bit dated, and I caught a few spots where some information was out of date. But overall, I loved this book. ( )
  underpope | Sep 21, 2021 |
Bryson wasn't exaggerating when he came up with the title. This book certainly chronicles the history of nearly everything, beginning from the Big Bang and ending right up to us and our antics. It was an exceedingly fun and informative read, and I'll highly recommend it to inquisitive minds of all nature.

Most importantly, Bryson is never condescending in the book. He never becomes high and mighty; he never looks down on the reader. Instead, he does just the opposite: he takes you on a journey throughout the known history of the universe as a great teacher would--with love and care. Bryson's tone is very jovial, and it's bolstered by his charm and wit.

On top of that, it doesn't only contain history. It actually makes you think. He invokes spectacular images from time to time to exemplify his points and make it easy for the reader to comprehend. Additionally, he makes you think about how it all happened. He is brutally honest when he says we don't know it all; he also doesn't have any vanity when it comes to the acts of humankind on nature and itself.

The book is an absolute joy to read. However, I do wish he hadn't concluded on such a depressing note (you'll understand when you read it). Having said that, he aptly summarizes the whole book and the human condition in a few sentences that no one else has ever done: "As humans we are doubly lucky, of course. We enjoy not only the privilege of existence, but also the singular ability to appreciate and to make it better. It is a trick we have only just begun to grasp."And with that, I humbly ask you to spare some time for this miracle of a book. You won't regret it. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
"There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally the credit the wrong person."

This book is a fairly weighty tome (my own copy had some 574 pages of text and nearly 100 pages of notes) but the breadth of history that it covers is massive too, stretching from the first fraction of a second of the Universe’s existence after the Big Bang to present day discoveries. Obviously there are a number of gaps (hence the "nearly" in the title)as well.

The book’s strength lies in the fact that Bryson, himself, has no scientific background and has only recently became interested in the subject. There are naturally a lot of facts and figures but with his energetic and quirky prose Bryson brings to life the rationale behind why the information was sought after in the first place and how scientists have honed their approaches and skills down the ages. There are amusing anecdotes about some of history's best and lesser known scientists but in reality the book is about how little we actually know about our planet and even our own very creation despite our constant search for knowledge. How most of what we think we know about our planet's history is actually based on supposition and best guesses.

I learnt new information and was reminded of some things that I forgotten since my school-days but at times the prose also got rather bogged down in detail, there were a number of brackets on virtually every page giving the impression at least that the book could have been simplified even further. This is a book that feeds the reader's wonderment but also the limitations to our knowledge. This book is a reminder that our very existence as a species is a result of a series of myriad lucky breaks. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jul 16, 2021 |
One of my all time favorite non-fiction books and writers. ( )
  hvector | Jul 10, 2021 |
Extremely educational but very fun to read at the same time. Must-read for everyone. ( )
  madar1a | Jun 5, 2021 |
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The more I read of ''A Short History of Nearly Everything,'' the more I was convinced that Bryson had achieved exactly what he'd set out to do, and, moreover, that he'd done it in stylish, efficient, colloquial and stunningly accurate prose.
 
"Una breve historia de casi todo" explica como ha evolucionado el mundo para acabar siendo lo que es hoy. Explica cualquier aspecto de nuestro universo, desde el más recóndito al más conocido.
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The book's underlying strength lies in the fact that Bryson knows what it's like to find science dull or inscrutable. Unlike scientists who turn their hand to popular writing, he can claim to have spent the vast majority of his life to date knowing very little about how the universe works.
 

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In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge.

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