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A Short History of Nearly Everything Paperback – September 14, 2004

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“Stylish [and] stunningly accurate prose. We learn what the material world is like from the smallest quark
to the largest galaxy and at all the levels in between . . . brims with strange and amazing facts . . . destined to
become a modern classic of science writing.”
—The New York Times

“Bryson has made a career writing hilarious travelogues, and in many ways his latest is more of the same, except that
this time Bryson hikes through the world of science.”

“Bryson is surprisingly precise, brilliantly eccentric and nicely eloquent . . . a gifted storyteller has dared to
retell the world’s biggest story.”
—Seattle Times

“Hefty, highly researched and eminently readable.”
—Simon Winchester, The Globe and Mail

“All non-scientists (and probably many specialized scientists, too) can learn a great deal from his lucid and amiable
—National Post

"Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can’ t help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent
demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind.”
—Ottawa Citizen

“Wonderfully readable. It is, in the best sense, learned.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

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One of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most
intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.
In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he
confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest
challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe
and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand
how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the
world's most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their
offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions,
apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything" is the record of this quest, and it
is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human
knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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