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A short history of nearly everything af Bill…
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A short history of nearly everything (original 2003; udgave 2003)

af Bill Bryson

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Populærvidenskabelige essays med relation til jordens skabelse og livets opståen. I en humoristisk og let tone prøver forfatteren at forklare, hvordan vi kan vide det vi ved - og hvem har dog fundet ud af det?.
Medlem:LarkinAround
Titel:A short history of nearly everything
Forfattere:Bill Bryson
Info:London : Doubleday, 2003.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Dave

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En kort historie om næsten alt af Bill Bryson (2003)

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    Vejen til verden af i dag af Jared Diamond (Percevan)
  2. 72
    The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements af Sam Kean (amyblue)
  3. 20
    Mælkevejens krønike : fra Aristoteles' krystalhimle til vore dages superstrengteorier af Timothy Ferris (sturlington)
  4. 31
    Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History af David Christian (clamairy)
  5. 21
    Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe af Simon Singh (residue)
  6. 54
    Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body af Neil Shubin (meggyweg)
  7. 43
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed af Jared M. Diamond (Percevan)
  8. 00
    News from an Unknown Universe af Frank Schätzing (Dariah)
  9. 11
    The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium af Robert Lacey (Anonym bruger)
  10. 22
    Viden og undren af Victor F. Weisskopf (erik_galicki)
    erik_galicki: Weisskopf is more concise, more cohesive, and less anecdotal than Bryson. I consider Weisskopf a more enlightening but less entertaining alternate.
  11. 00
    Chasing Venus: The Race to Measure the Heavens af Andrea Wulf (themulhern)
    themulhern: Both books stick to the science adventure, and go rather light on the actual science. "Chasing Venus" is about the decade long effort to calculate the value of the astronomical unit; Bryson's book is more shallow and broad.
  12. 12
    Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything af John Gribbin (Noisy)
    Noisy: If you find Bryson too lightweight, then the next step is to Gribbin. Gribbin goes all the way from the smallest scale (sub-atomic particles) to the largest (the universe).
  13. 03
    I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not af Richard Shenkman (John_Vaughan)
  14. 712
    Hawkings univers : fra big bang til sorte huller af Stephen Hawking (coclimber)
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  pbth1957 | Nov 19, 2021 |
Une extraordinaire somme de vulgarisation, mais qui va bien au delà: elle met en perspective, interroge et ouvre. ( )
  Nikoz | Sep 25, 2021 |
Finally finished listening to this large book. I love books like these that cover a whole range of scientific materials. And Bryson is a gifted writer, who lends his talents to often difficult subjects, injecting them with historical context and good humor.

It came out in 2003, so obviously it's a bit dated, and I caught a few spots where some information was out of date. But overall, I loved this book. ( )
  underpope | Sep 21, 2021 |
Bryson wasn't exaggerating when he came up with the title. This book certainly chronicles the history of nearly everything, beginning from the Big Bang and ending right up to us and our antics. It was an exceedingly fun and informative read, and I'll highly recommend it to inquisitive minds of all nature.

Most importantly, Bryson is never condescending in the book. He never becomes high and mighty; he never looks down on the reader. Instead, he does just the opposite: he takes you on a journey throughout the known history of the universe as a great teacher would--with love and care. Bryson's tone is very jovial, and it's bolstered by his charm and wit.

On top of that, it doesn't only contain history. It actually makes you think. He invokes spectacular images from time to time to exemplify his points and make it easy for the reader to comprehend. Additionally, he makes you think about how it all happened. He is brutally honest when he says we don't know it all; he also doesn't have any vanity when it comes to the acts of humankind on nature and itself.

The book is an absolute joy to read. However, I do wish he hadn't concluded on such a depressing note (you'll understand when you read it). Having said that, he aptly summarizes the whole book and the human condition in a few sentences that no one else has ever done: "As humans we are doubly lucky, of course. We enjoy not only the privilege of existence, but also the singular ability to appreciate and to make it better. It is a trick we have only just begun to grasp."And with that, I humbly ask you to spare some time for this miracle of a book. You won't regret it. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
"There are three stages in scientific discovery. First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally the credit the wrong person."

This book is a fairly weighty tome (my own copy had some 574 pages of text and nearly 100 pages of notes) but the breadth of history that it covers is massive too, stretching from the first fraction of a second of the Universe’s existence after the Big Bang to present day discoveries. Obviously there are a number of gaps (hence the "nearly" in the title)as well.

The book’s strength lies in the fact that Bryson, himself, has no scientific background and has only recently became interested in the subject. There are naturally a lot of facts and figures but with his energetic and quirky prose Bryson brings to life the rationale behind why the information was sought after in the first place and how scientists have honed their approaches and skills down the ages. There are amusing anecdotes about some of history's best and lesser known scientists but in reality the book is about how little we actually know about our planet and even our own very creation despite our constant search for knowledge. How most of what we think we know about our planet's history is actually based on supposition and best guesses.

I learnt new information and was reminded of some things that I forgotten since my school-days but at times the prose also got rather bogged down in detail, there were a number of brackets on virtually every page giving the impression at least that the book could have been simplified even further. This is a book that feeds the reader's wonderment but also the limitations to our knowledge. This book is a reminder that our very existence as a species is a result of a series of myriad lucky breaks. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jul 16, 2021 |
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The more I read of ''A Short History of Nearly Everything,'' the more I was convinced that Bryson had achieved exactly what he'd set out to do, and, moreover, that he'd done it in stylish, efficient, colloquial and stunningly accurate prose.
 
"Una breve historia de casi todo" explica como ha evolucionado el mundo para acabar siendo lo que es hoy. Explica cualquier aspecto de nuestro universo, desde el más recóndito al más conocido.
tilføjet af Jaism94 | RedigerBill Bryson
 
The book's underlying strength lies in the fact that Bryson knows what it's like to find science dull or inscrutable. Unlike scientists who turn their hand to popular writing, he can claim to have spent the vast majority of his life to date knowing very little about how the universe works.
 

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The physicist Leo Szilard once announced to his friend Hans Bethe that he was thinking of keeping a diary: 'I don't intend to publish. I am merely going to record the facts for the information of God.' ''Don't you think God knows the facts?" Bethe asked. 'Yes,' said Szilard. 'He knows the facts, but He does not know this version of the facts.'
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The history of any one part of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror. - British geologist Derek V. Ager
The more I examine the universe and study the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming. - Freeman Dyson
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