A Really Short History of Nearly Everything Hardcover – Oct 28 2008
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“Brims with strange and amazing facts . . . destined to become a modern classic of science writing.”
-The New York Times
About the Author
Bill Bryson’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, In a Sunburned Country, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, which won him the 2004 Aventis Prize. He lives in England with his wife and children.
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I found it enthralling nonetheless since it presents an outstanding synthesis of up to date information about our universe. Its short length makes it very easy to read and allows the reader to link individual topics with others.
Very pedagogically, a summary is included at the end of each chapter.
Throughout, colour illustrations liven up the text (though some of course are a bit juvenile).
Personally, I consider that the bearded author's cartoon portrait appearing on each summary page is a bit narcissist on his part but that is a minor bother and others may think it humanizes the work.
More importantly, greater care should have been taken in reviewing the book. There are quite a few cases of contradicting data from one page to another. For instance, the word «million» is omitted in the summary for chapter two and the earth's age is stated as 4,550 years!
Nevertheless, this is a highly recommended book . . . and not only for children and teenagers.