A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Doubleday, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.
A Later Printing.
From the cover: Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely in his own study at home he cant 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 Brysons challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isnt some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. Its not so much about what we know, as how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
On his travels through time and space he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, such as the painfully shy Henry Cavendish, who worked out important conundrums including how much the earth weighed, but failed to report many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 515 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Childrens category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!