Monthly Archives: July 2014

Nearly Everything

It takes a lot of nerve to write a book called A Short History of Nearly Everything.

But Bill Bryson has books with titles as nebulous as At Home and A Walk in the Woods, so he doesn’t mind defining his own limits for a topic.

A Short History of Nearly Everything describes how our knowledge of the universe, earth, life and man—”how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us”—has deepened over the centuries and makes a significant amount of that knowledge accessible to just about anyone.

Bryson says he learned in fourth or fifth grade, whenever he read about our current scientific knowledge of something, to ask, “How do you know this?” and “How did you figure it out?” His attempt to develop enough understanding to appreciate, marvel at and enjoy the world around him is a quest worth following and imitating.

Leave a comment

Filed under History, Science, The Book I Read