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A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson is one of the world's most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey-into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, "…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since." This is, in short, a tall order. 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, chemisty, 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. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only this superb writer can render it. Science has never been more involving, and the world we inhabit has never been fuller of wonder and delight.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Matthews

Length:

18h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:50

Introduction
Introduction

14:33


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

24:35


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:31


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

26:41


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

45:49


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

38:31


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

42:53


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

38:40


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

45:13


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

38:09


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

27:31


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

29:31


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

29:31


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

41:56


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

39:03


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

28:43


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

37:27


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

34:04


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

40:45


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

37:03


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

45:35


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

34:48


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

37:58


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

51:18


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

24:15


Part 5, Chapter 25
Part 5, Chapter 25

36:52


Part 5, Chapter 26
Part 5, Chapter 26

46:33


Part 6, Chapter 27
Part 6, Chapter 27

35:16


Part 6, Chapter 28
Part 6, Chapter 28

46:34


Part 6, Chapter 29
Part 6, Chapter 29

37:15


Part 6, Chapter 30
Part 6, Chapter 30

22:28


Part 6, Chapter 31
Part 6, Chapter 31

00:47