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A Short History of Nearly Everything

"A Short History of Nearly Everything is a quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this curious writer 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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

2003  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2004  Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (formerly Aventis Prizes for Science Books)

Author Notes
  Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, and Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words. He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and children.