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Breve História de Quase Tudo by Bill Bryson
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Breve História de Quase Tudo (2003)

by Bill Bryson

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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.… (more)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (2003)

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    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (Percevan)
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    Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History by David Christian (clamairy)
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    Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris (sturlington)
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    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond (Percevan)
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    Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe by Simon Singh (residue)
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    The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey (Anonymous user)
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    Nachrichten aus einem unbekannten Universum: Eine Zeitreise durch die Meere by Frank Schätzing (Dariah)
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    Knowledge and Wonder by Victor F. Weisskopf (erik_galicki)
    erik_galicki: Weisskopf is more concise, more cohesive, and less anecdotal than Bryson. I consider Weisskopf a more enlightening but less entertaining alternate.
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    Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin (meggyweg)
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    Almost Everyone's Guide to Science: The Universe, Life and Everything by John Gribbin (Noisy)
    Noisy: If you find Bryson too lightweight, then the next step is to Gribbin. Gribbin goes all the way from the smallest scale (sub-atomic particles) to the largest (the universe).
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An excellent book for the non-scientist who loves science. Bryson starts at the beginning of everything, the creation of the universe and does just like the title implies, gives a short history of everything that comes after.

The book is very "readable" and thoroughly researched. It has comprehensive footnotes, bibliography and index. Bryson gives you all the information needed if you would like to read further about any of the subjects that he discusses in the book.

A must have book for any science lover. ( )
  DougWhitworth | Oct 15, 2019 |
A brief, layman's history of science, by the often humorous travel writer and favorite of the NPR set. Bryson can write very well, and he makes a good job of this particular story. I'd have to say I prefer this to most of his travel books, which is odd; the latter are supposed to be his bread and butter, after all.

It is thorough, in the sense that it tries to cover everything, and it is in consequence also (unavoidably) somewhat shallow. This isn't really a defect - the book is self-avowedly a layman's introduction, after all, so depth and technical detail were simply never on. So I would say it succeeds well on its own terms. He's taken what is a good story on its own, and told it really pretty well.

On my first reading I would have been tempted to give it a five, as I enjoyed it tremendously. The reread took some of the shine off, though. For one thing, there's more NPR ideology-lite than I initially realized. Nothing too egregious, just the sort of snide/smug assumption of a certain set of positions on issues that are clearly only vaguely understood, coupled with the kind of "tolerance" that views Trobriand Islanders with equanimity, but cannot abide the NASCAR-watching Southern Baptist that lives only a few miles away. And be warned that if you loot his bibliography, you will find yourself reading a great many of the same anecdotes over again. ( )
  dmmjlllt | Jul 25, 2019 |
LOTS of details. Loved that. One day I would like to read it again so the connections will return. I saw them while reading and now only remember "oh, yeas, there IS something about that...." ( )
  gayjeg | Apr 25, 2019 |
What a great book!
* I listened to the audiobook read by William Roberts, who did a great job
* The book is lengthy, but knowing how many subjects are included, it seems.. just right
* There's no way to remember all stuff after reading, but it is OK
* It's more about the feeling of history, progress, human errors and most importantly, human curiosity. The book is driven by very fundamental questions. How old is the Earth?, How we got here? What are things made of? Instead of simple answers, we're getting great stories (of many people) of how we find the answers.
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  mkowalcze | Jan 30, 2019 |
I read this online and thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
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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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The physicist Leo Szilard once announced to his friend Hans Bethe that he was thinking of keeping a diary: 'I don't intend to publish. I am merely going to record the facts for the information of God.' ''Don't you think God knows the facts?" Bethe asked. 'Yes,' said Szilard. 'He knows the facts, but He does not know this version of the facts.'
— Hans Christian von Baeyer, Taming the Atom
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To Meghan and Chris. Welcome.
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No matter how hard you try you will never be able to grasp just how tiny, how spatially unassuming, is a proton.
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They're all in the same plane. They're all going around in the same direction. . . .It's perfect, you know. It's gorgeous. It's almost uncanny. - Astronomer Geoffrey Marcy describing the solar system
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night; / God said, Let Newton be! and all was light. - Alexander Pope
A physicist is the atoms' way of thinking about atoms. - Anonymous
The history of any one part of the Earth, like the life of a soldier, consists of long periods of boredom and short periods of terror. - British geologist Derek V. Ager
The more I examine the universe and study the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming. - Freeman Dyson
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