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Dan_R

A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

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I half listened to the Audible version and read the Kindle version.  It's written with a dry sense of humour and attempts (successfully) to make some fairly difficult scientific material understandable.  From the origin of the universe to geology to fossils to astronomy, you get a hint of the sheer scale of things.  Everything is told like it's a story full of characters making discoveries.  I found this narrative style could wander almost off topic from time to time and I would momentarily lose interest.  Maybe I needed the 'short history of almost nearly everything'.  Overall, a fun read.

 

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I've just finished a re-read of this. It's one of my favourite non-fiction books. The subject matter is interesting, but the way Bryson tells it makes it even more so. I also have the illustrated version, and I think there is a condensed version as well.

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I loved this book too! Do you think the illustrated version would be worth investing in, BB?

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For me it is, 100%. However, because of it's size it's a bit more awkward to read - ie. you would probably struggle to read it in bed. :lol:

 

Here are a couple of pictures of the illustrations I've taken - they're just gorgeous!

 

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Ooh, thank you so much for taking those pictures! It's definitely going on my wishlist now. :)

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I never knew there was such a lovely illustrated version. Mine was just a thick doorstop paperback.

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Hey Dan if you enjoyed the Bryson but wanted something scientific but a little more focused you could try the books by Marcus Chown. Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You is a particular personal favourite. Made me think for an hour I  was a physicist  :D

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