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A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003)

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

  1. 152
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies de Jared Diamond (Percevan)
  2. 72
    The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements de Sam Kean (amyblue)
  3. 31
    Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History de David Christian (clamairy)
  4. 20
    Coming of Age in the Milky Way de Timothy Ferris (sturlington)
  5. 21
    Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe de Simon Singh (residue)
  6. 43
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed de Jared Diamond (Percevan)
  7. 54
    Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body de Neil Shubin (meggyweg)
  8. 00
    News from an Unknown Universe de Frank Schätzing (Dariah)
  9. 00
    Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens de Andrea Wulf (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books stick to the science adventure, and go rather light on the actual science. "Chasing Venus" is about the decade long effort to calculate the value of the astronomical unit; Bryson's book is more shallow and broad.
  10. 11
    The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium de Robert Lacey (Usuário anônimo)
  11. 22
    Knowledge and Wonder de Victor F. Weisskopf (erik_galicki)
    erik_galicki: Weisskopf is more concise, more cohesive, and less anecdotal than Bryson. I consider Weisskopf a more enlightening but less entertaining alternate.
  12. 12
    Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything de John Gribbin (Noisy)
    Noisy: If you find Bryson too lightweight, then the next step is to Gribbin. Gribbin goes all the way from the smallest scale (sub-atomic particles) to the largest (the universe).
  13. 02
    Understanding China: Learning from China's Past, Present, and Future de Stefan Piech (ushsira)
  14. 03
    I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not de Richard Shenkman (John_Vaughan)
  15. 712
    Uma Breve Historia do Tempo de Stephen Hawking (coclimber)
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This was a fun treatment of a difficult subject: the background behind scientific knowledge in, well, basically every field. When you think about it, science has an interesting relationship to our species. For one, the whole enterprise is essentially based around telling us that things we thought were true for good reasons are actually lies; it can actually increase our ignorance rather than our knowledge. For another, the rules of the scientific method that you have to follow to make a legitimate discovery use logical processes that are very new to our brains, probably within the last few thousand years. And finally, even learning about it is difficult, since humans are programmed to respond to narratives that are simply not present in physical laws; everyone who learns advanced math has to train themselves to accept abstract knowledge without the benefit of the interpersonal stories that form the rest of their relationship to the world. Bryson, who wrote this book after realizing that he had absorbed almost nothing from his formal science education, tries to place stories and fun back into science and does a great job of relating the connections between concepts and the people who discovered them without pandering to the audience or getting too tabloidish. This is absolutely not a replacement for actually knowing anything about science, but it does make you appreciate how little we know about the world and the contributions scientists have made. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
El autor, conocido por lo visto por sus libros de divulgación, nos brinda un libro sobre lo que tradicionalmente se ha venido llamando "Historia natural". Empieza con los orígenes del universo y termina en los albores de la historia escrita. De por medio habla de terremotos, del ADN mensajero (que ahora está tan de moda), de Plutón, de dinosaurios, de mecánica cuántica y de yo qué sé cuántas cosas más, de todas con una soltura algo sospechosa. Bueno, tampoco se esconde: ha cogido un buen montón de libros (hay 20 páginas de bibliografía), todos ellos ya de por sí pensados para divulgación, se los ha leído y ha hecho un resumen de lo que dicen. Así, si no quieres ahondar más en los temas, pues te llevas un barniz y te quedas tan contento. Bryson, además, sabe que para que la gente se lea más de 550 páginas tiene que hacer algo más, así que busca siempre la anécdota, el chascarrillo, el cotilleo y las peleas entre científicos como hilo conductor de los conocimientos. Se diría que la ciencia avanza a golpe de peleas.

Y al final ¿qué nos queda? Pues, para mí, una idea muy clara: vivimos de milagro. Ser lo que somos es fruto de una sucesión de casualidades absolutamente inverosímiles que solo pueden calificarse de milagro, y mantenernos con vida tres cuartos de lo mismo. El autor en algunas ocasiones dice honestamente que Dios es una posibilidad muy a tener en cuenta, pero no se adentra en teologías, naturalmente. Para mí está claro: si lo que dice este hombre es medianamente cierto, es más razonable creer en un Dios creador y mantenedor del universo que en la increíble (literalmente) cadena de casualidades que nos han llevado hasta aquí y nos mantienen. ( )
  caflores | Apr 23, 2021 |
**12.28.18 - I listened to the audiobook version and it was great! I enjoyed the book all over again. I forget how funny Bill can be and how he can make dry subjects sound interesting. Highly recommended!**

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is an educational science book in which Bill touches upon a little bit of...well...everything!

We are offered a glimpse into the workings and history from a smorgasbord of topics such as the theory of the big bang, the quirky workings of quantum physics, the explosive history of volcanoes, world-destroying asteroids, the climate and conditions of the primordial earth and an innumerable amount of other topics.

I enjoy Bryson's writing style. He speaks on topics in a way that exudes interest and excitement and there is always humor involved and he does a great job at keeping the reader engaged and interested. There are parts in the book, however, that were a bit underwhelming. Bryson tends to go into detail about the biography of the different scientists that made their discoveries and I found that I wanted to get through those pages quickly so that I could continue learning about the topic on hand.

This was my first book that reignited my love for literature. I had gone without reading a book for a couple of years and this was the one I picked up when I decided to scratch that itch. The book is a thick one (about 544 pages) so when it arrived in the mail I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew however I was instantly drawn in and I am fan of Bryson's work! ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
Nothing but fun and facts. Bryson reveals not only the history of the earth and universe, but most strikingly the history of humankind's struggle to do so. ( )
  fruitsaladd | Apr 10, 2021 |
I listened to this as an audiobook and the writer's style really worked well for that format. The writing reminded me very much of Douglas
Adams, coupled with a narrator that reminded me of the narrator from the Hitchhikers Guide BBC series -- just made it very fun.

Although the title is "A Short History of Nearly Everything", it's really only covers our history from a scientific perspective, describing how we got here. The book covers astrophysics, geology and evolution but if you're looking for more traditional history and politics, then this is not the book for you.

For most people who already have an interest in the subject, there will be little that is newly revealed in this book. However as light summer reading, refresher material or an audiobook that plays while you cook dinner, it's highly entertaining. ( )
  northwestknitter | Mar 28, 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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