A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson - Book Review
The title says it all. In his book, Bryson browses through a wide spectrum of scientific knowledge, covering physics, geology, earth science, and biology. The book is a little bit like an encyclopedia, but he picked out the most interesting, amazing, and important facts. In my opinion, this screening of knowledge is the main value of this book. The content is mostly related to general knowledge. The reader discovers a lot of important facts embedded in their historic and social context, which cover a wide range of scientific fields.
Bryson uses a chatty and informal tone rather than specialized language. Sometimes he also sacrifices scientific accuracy for understandability. That makes the book as easy to read as a novel. He managed to write about science in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand.
The reader can learn about how scientific knowledge is discovered and developed. Often, Bryson gives interesting background information or anecdotes about the science or the scientists, which can be quiet amusing. He also tells about his personal conversations with diverse scientists.
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