A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

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A Short History of Nearly Everything is now at the top of my highly recommended books. Packed with witty commentary of the history of just about everything scientific, Bryson’s book appeals to the lay reader who’s curiosity stretched beyond the here and now. I enjoyed how Bryson included all the science necessary to explain and orient a subject, but did so in very human terms, often inserting humor to lighten the mood.

I choose to listen to the audio recording instead of reading the book. I’m glad I took that route because it is a long read, but the audio version was excellent and a pleasure to listen to. It was a wonderful accompaniment to morning walks or long scenic drives.

My favorite quote from the book (which also summarizes the underlying premise of the book):

“…humans are the universes most supreme achievement and it’s worst nightmare at the same time”

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