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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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Our child knows that no policeman can enter the apartment and take Daddy's computer without a warrant. She knows about the banking crisis (though she prefers to believe that some financial instruments are called "high-heeled munis" and "credit default flops") why the seasons change, how your digestive system works, what fashion designers do, how everything is made of the same atoms, the movement of a bill through the House and Senate --- she's been exposed to a ton of random information.
She could easily be Bill Bryson's child.
Bryson got interested in how the world worked in the 4th or 5th grade, when an illustration in a textbook --- the Earth, with a wedge removed --- caught his interest. It would be nice to report that the book ignited lifelong learning. But it was a standard-issue textbook, not at all exciting. So it wasn't until he was a famous writer (author of a funny memoir called The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and the even funnier A Walk in the Woods) that he wondered again how the world worked.
A few years and 475 pages later, he produced A Short History of Nearly Everything. My wife devoted a summer to it and read every word. I flunked Science repeatedly in school; it's enough for me to know that some important event occurred 500 million years ago.
Now he's created A Really Short History of Nearly Everything, and he's done me --- and you, and every curious kid burdened by a dull textbook or a brain-dead science teacher --- a huge favor.Read more ›
Though he doesn't really give you a short history of everything in the world, he does hit on main scientific points in history, such as what happened to dinosaurs, why the oceans are salty, how heavy the earth is, chain of life, genetics, planets, weather, atoms, asteroids, etc, etc, etc. Bryson then gives a short, simple explanation which reads very much like a story would, in a nice flowing manner. Not boring and scientific at all, which is a definite plus when it comes to non-fiction books for kids.
Filled with illustrations and photographs that accompany facts that are short and to-the-point. This would be a great resource for a classroom, homeschool setting, or library, especially while teaching different units. A great supplemental material.
difficult. Most do not realize how extremely important and
amazing it really is. Bryson explored many different
topics ranging from the birth of the universe to dinosaurs
and many others. From his point of view, the Big Bang was
the start of the universe, and it only took one ten-
millionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth
of a second to happen. Another explored topic was Newton
and his laws of motion. Incorporating silly cartoon
pictures and stories, Bill Bryson gives a rather detailed
but short history of the science of the world.
My favorite subject to study is science. I am always
asking "why" and "how." For any science lover, A Really
Short History of Nearly Everything is perfect. Bryson
writes in a humorous manner, but he is extremely
informative. I love the book's organization and how there
are countless pictures and extra pieces of information on
the sides of pages. The vocabulary fits perfectly with the
subject matter, and unfamiliar terms are defined finely.
The book covers many different aspects of science and does
so fluently. The only thing that I would improve about the
book is making it longer or having "part-two"!
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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Bill Bryson is a wonderful author and this book is spell binding.Published 13 days ago by Maria Ruiz
I love just about anything Bill Bryson writes; however, I found this book disappointingly lacking.Published 2 months ago by Living and Learning
Actually I got this book for my little 8 year old niece who is a history 'buff". She loved it. She even took this book to school for show and tell.Published 3 months ago by Mary Waters
I bought this for my 7-year-old daughter. She is an advanced reader and has a strong interest in science, so I thought this would be right up her alley. Was it ever! Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. R.
My son is four and is fascinated by the content of this book. I think it will keep his interest for a long time as some of the concepts are obviously more complex than others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by _cranewife_