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A Short History of Nearly Everything (original 2003; edição 2004)

por Bill Bryson (Autor)

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In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge.… (mais)
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Título:A Short History of Nearly Everything
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:Broadway Books (2004), Edition: 1st, 544 pages
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"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 |
One of my all time favorite non-fiction books and writers. ( )
  hvector | Jul 10, 2021 |
Extremely educational but very fun to read at the same time. Must-read for everyone. ( )
  madar1a | Jun 5, 2021 |
This was a fun treatment of a difficult subject: the background behind scientific knowledge in, well, basically every field. When you think about it, science has an interesting relationship to our species. For one, the whole enterprise is essentially based around telling us that things we thought were true for good reasons are actually lies; it can actually increase our ignorance rather than our knowledge. For another, the rules of the scientific method that you have to follow to make a legitimate discovery use logical processes that are very new to our brains, probably within the last few thousand years. And finally, even learning about it is difficult, since humans are programmed to respond to narratives that are simply not present in physical laws; everyone who learns advanced math has to train themselves to accept abstract knowledge without the benefit of the interpersonal stories that form the rest of their relationship to the world. Bryson, who wrote this book after realizing that he had absorbed almost nothing from his formal science education, tries to place stories and fun back into science and does a great job of relating the connections between concepts and the people who discovered them without pandering to the audience or getting too tabloidish. This is absolutely not a replacement for actually knowing anything about science, but it does make you appreciate how little we know about the world and the contributions scientists have made. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
El autor, conocido por lo visto por sus libros de divulgación, nos brinda un libro sobre lo que tradicionalmente se ha venido llamando "Historia natural". Empieza con los orígenes del universo y termina en los albores de la historia escrita. De por medio habla de terremotos, del ADN mensajero (que ahora está tan de moda), de Plutón, de dinosaurios, de mecánica cuántica y de yo qué sé cuántas cosas más, de todas con una soltura algo sospechosa. Bueno, tampoco se esconde: ha cogido un buen montón de libros (hay 20 páginas de bibliografía), todos ellos ya de por sí pensados para divulgación, se los ha leído y ha hecho un resumen de lo que dicen. Así, si no quieres ahondar más en los temas, pues te llevas un barniz y te quedas tan contento. Bryson, además, sabe que para que la gente se lea más de 550 páginas tiene que hacer algo más, así que busca siempre la anécdota, el chascarrillo, el cotilleo y las peleas entre científicos como hilo conductor de los conocimientos. Se diría que la ciencia avanza a golpe de peleas.

Y al final ¿qué nos queda? Pues, para mí, una idea muy clara: vivimos de milagro. Ser lo que somos es fruto de una sucesión de casualidades absolutamente inverosímiles que solo pueden calificarse de milagro, y mantenernos con vida tres cuartos de lo mismo. El autor en algunas ocasiones dice honestamente que Dios es una posibilidad muy a tener en cuenta, pero no se adentra en teologías, naturalmente. Para mí está claro: si lo que dice este hombre es medianamente cierto, es más razonable creer en un Dios creador y mantenedor del universo que en la increíble (literalmente) cadena de casualidades que nos han llevado hasta aquí y nos mantienen. ( )
  caflores | Apr 23, 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.
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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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In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge.

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