A Really Short History of Nearly Everything Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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"Written with his inimitable style and humour let loose upon who we are, how we got here and the systems that support us which is all beautifully illustrated" (Publishing News)
"This history of life, the universe and everything in between is entertaining and Bryson is an excellent guide. Great for the kids and good for parents, too." (Sunday Express)
"The incomparable Bill Bryson travels through time to bring bite-sized nuggets of information to the younger readers" (Angels and Urchins)
"A great gift and one that will bear dipping into many a time as children discover more about their world and the universe" (Eastern Press)
"Lively and enticing" (Spectator)
Bill Bryson's worldwide bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything, abridged and adapted for children now available in paperback. With full colour illustrations and photographs.See all Product Description
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Also to mention, the hardback is far better than the paperback; there are more photos and graphics which make the learning fun and understandable.
The title of this book may lead you to expect something about the unification of the four forces of nature - what the scientists call the Grand Unifying Theory. In fact, the subject matter is much more general - and much more easily accessible - than that. In a book that is profusely illustrated on nearly every page Bryson takes us through the development of ideas about the natural world. He begins by discussing how cosmologists see the origin of the universe, then homing in on our solar system and then the Earth. Bryson then follows the natural progression into geology and the fundamentals of chemistry and atomic theory. The remaining half of the book is devoted to biology culminating in the origins of Man.
I am a scientist but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and there were many details I learnt for the first time. It reminded me of a classic text from many years ago called `Science for the Citizen' by Lancelot Hogben which inspired me into science when I was a schoolboy.
Some of the illustrations, which are mostly in colour, are there to improve the aesthetic reader appeal and tell us very little. But the majority convey some interesting or useful information. The publishers also produced a paperback edition of the book which is virtually devoid of illustrations in its nearly 700 pages but with identical text. If you can afford it, I would recommend you go for the illustrated version as the coloured pictures really do illuminate the text. Both editions have extensive Notes, Bibliography and an Index at the end of the book. If you have any interest at all in science, this is the most comprehensive and accessible account I have read.
The only downside to this title is the ending of this offering, as it left me feeling quite low due to the bleak outlook. Still a good book for reference and one that will entertain which when backed up with a love of learning will make this a great addition to any young persons personal reference library.
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Best book i read in ages.
Bill Bryson is whitty and easy to read.
It was a present and hopefully enjoyed. I love Bill Bryson's books myself and would recommend them to everyone.Published 5 months ago by Christine Mary Shelley
Loved the original so hoped this would catch the imagination of some youngsters, alas not quite the reaction I was hoping for and it even didn't appeal to me in comparison to the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew L
This book will really engage children in science, they'll love it!Published 21 months ago by Natasha Phayre