Tuesday, May 24, 2005
What I'm Hearing: A Short History of Nearly Everything
My audible.com listener pick for this month is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. The scope of this book is absolutely breathtaking! It represents the fruits of Bryson's quest for knowledge about, well, everything.
The book begins by tackling such trivial subjects as the formation of the universe and the age and composition of the Earth and the solar system. It then takes on nuclear and particle physics, natural disasters and just about anything else you ever wanted to know about, well, anything.
What Bryson has accomplished here would be an absolute dream to me. Imagine traveling to the far corners of the globe for three years to learn at the feet of the world's most brilliant scientists about both the history and origins of their fields as well as the bleeding edge of their current research. All I can say is - WOW!
Update: Include picture of book jacket