Friday, August 31, 2007

A Short History of Nearly Everything

You have to figure that even a short history of everything is still going to be very long. And this is. Fortunately it is also an extremely interesting exploration of the people, places and events that have furthered human understanding of the natural sciences.

Bryson touches on everything from astronomy to paleontology to plate tectonics and makes it all not only fascinating, but also intensely personal.

"Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you. We are each so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that a significant number of our atoms...probably once belonged to Shakespeare."

See? We are immortal. Our atoms cannot die. They just move on to become an atom in a dew drop, or a cat, or a piece of of celery. I think that's a wonderful way of looking at the world.

Bryson does over-explain certain things, but I suppose if you start reading this book with little or no scientific knowledge, you would need that information. But no matter how much you think you know, I guarantee you will learn a lot from reading this and I recommend you do.

This book was chosen by raidergirl3 to represent her for the Something About Me Challenge, and I'm not a bit surprised. She is extremely bright and curious and this seems like exactly the kind of thing that would excite her. Thank you for choosing this raidergirl.

3 comments:

naida said...

this sounds like a great book.

alisonwonderland said...

i've only read one Bill Bryson book before (The Lost Continent), but i am intrigued by this one.

*adding another book to the TBR list*

Dewey said...

I really want to read this, but it'll probably take me years to get to it!