You have to admire what Bryson attempts to do in this book - what it says on the front cover - give a brief description of everything in the world around us.
The beauty of this book is that Bryson genuinely is a layman when it comes to science. This means that he writes in very accessible language, and uses down to earth examples to describe his thoughts and to explain theories. His mind hasn't been honed by years and years of growing up with science to write in inaccessible and dense language.
It's a fascinating read, that raises lots of questions that are stimulating, but which you might not have thought about before. And if you have, you can see if your opinion and his coincide.
The book is split into six sections: around the Universe, the Earth itself, the revolution in science post Einstein, the Dangerous Planet, the mystery of Life, and 'the road to us'. Every section is an interesting read, and one thing is for sure - you won't get bored reading this!
Overall this is a thought-provoking introduction to the world around us, and discusses some of the biggest questions going - our origins, the universe, and human life itself. You may not agree with what Bryson says at all stages, and at times his arguments don't quite follow each other, but these are minor blemishes.
This is an ideal read for anyone with an interest in science, however superficial. You cannot help but be stimulated by the discussions in this book, and will be left thirsty for more.
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
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