A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Author(s): Bill Bryson


Bill's own fascination with science began with a battered old schoolbook he had when he was about ten or eleven years old in America. It had an illustration that captivated him - a cutaway diagram showing Earth's interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and carefully removed about a quarter of its bulk. The idea of lots of startled cars and people falling off the edge of that sudden cliff (and 4,000 miles is a pretty long way to fall) was what grabbed him in the beginning, but gradually his attention turned to what the picture was trying to teach him - namely, that Earth's interior is made up of several different layers of materials, and at the very centre of it all is a glowing sphere of iron and nickel, which is as hot as the surface of the Sun, according to the caption.And he very clearly remembers thinking: "How do they know that?" Bill's story-telling skill makes the "How?" and, just as importantly, the "Who?" of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages.

Second hand. In excellent condition

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General Fields

  • : 9780385614801
  • : Random House Children's Books
  • : Red Fox
  • : 1.0
  • : October 2008
  • : 287 x 222mm
  • : February 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bill Bryson
  • : Hardback
  • : 8-Nov
  • : 509
  • : 176
  • : colour and photos