A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson is a brilliant book. Bill Bryson is known for his travel writing and humorous writing style, but it this book he focuses his talents on explaining science. He starts at the beginning looking at the advent of our universe to understanding atoms and quarks to delving into our planet to the beginnings of life itself. In particular, he has a chapter called “Cells” that provides one of the best descriptions of cell biology written for the public that I have ever read. A few chapters later in “The Stuff of Life” he describes DNA and genetics in an equally accessible way. This is one of the few popular science books that I would unreservedly suggest to anyone from ages 15 to 115.
The book won numerous, well-deserved awards including the 2004 Aventis Prize for best general science book and the 2005 EU Descartes Prize for science communication. Please feel free to continue the conversation once you read the book by commenting below or by Asking me a Question.
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