So much fascinating information. I‘ll be happy if I retain 5% of it. 🌎
One of the best general pop sci texts I've read. Bryson is always a good choice.
Running around looking for pieces to create a costume for my 10 yr old for book week & I just can't walk past the bookshelves..
Today's book haul & I'm mighty happy @$1ea, especially with Tandia as I'm currently reading The Power of One!
My daughter squealed when she saw Eragon
I'm also very excited about Kim by R.Kipling, an author I've wondered about for 40yrs, ever since I recieved a book from my Grandpa with 2 of his stories in it when I was 7
A Short History Of Nearly Everything does exactly what it says on the label. It serves as a crash-course in most areas of scientific inquiry, covering off everything from the Big Bang to evolution to quantum mechanics. It sounds like it'll be a snooze-fest, but it‘s written in a folksy, conversational style that most readers will find accessible. Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/a-short-history-of-nearly-everything-bill-br...
I rarely re-read books, but I could probably re read Bryson's condensed history of the scientifically understood world sixteen times and still crave another go. As in all of his books, he splices together information, fascinating (and horrifying) anecdotes, eye opening statistics and his witty commentary on it all. I can't say enough about how much I adore this book.
“Your pillow alone may be home to 40 million bed mites. (To them your head is just one large oily bon-bon). Indeed, if your pillow is six years old - which is apparently about the average age for a pillow - it has been estimated that one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living mites, dead mites and mite dung.”
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“You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 X 10^18 joules of potential energy - enough to explode with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.”
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First time reading Bryson, but definitely won‘t be the last. A detailed review of lots of scientific discoveries and advances.
I'm a bit disappointed that it isn't read by the author, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. Maybe.
Wow that took a long time to get through. This book is just packed with tons of information and I'm sure I wasn't able to soak it all up but I did learn a few new things. However, I would not tell anyone to take this on lightly. Good luck! #educational
Bill Bryson wrote my favorite passage ever.
Finally put you down, but not for long.
So, I picked up the audio book version for A Short History of Nearly Everything narrated by William Roberts. I'd heard a lot of praise about this one, but I don't feel it. It's been over a month since I started it and I'm still barely 15% done. I guess audio books are not my thing. But I'm the kind of person who finishes a book no matter what, so I guess I'm stuck.
This is one of those books that gets you saying to everyone “Did you know ...?” It‘s chock full of interesting facts #yououghtaknow Great for anyone who is interested in science, particularly earth sciences and astronomy but only wants to hear the juicy bits. (Well juicy IMO - I love this stuff!) I also love Bill Bryson as you can see 🙌
When it comes to scientists experimenting on themselves, there is one part of the tagged book that I just can't get out of my head (no matter how hard I try). It involves Isaac Newton and his eyeball. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go throw up...
I also finished this one today! I liked it more than I thought I would, since I'm not a science person. I possibly enjoyed the stories about the historical scientist's lives more than the actual science, but hey. ;) It was engaging and I learned a lot!
Listening to this while I clean out all the pockets of all my purses and totes. So far: approximately 14 pens, 900 receipts, and 1 billion bobby pins.
Finally finished this book. I have been reading it off and on for a while. The length of time is mostly a reflection that it's really long. Some aspects are a little dated, but overall it was informative. My biggest complaint was that Bryson didn't read the audiobook himself.
Happy #EarthDay2017 ! An appropriate day to post a book with a pic of the planet earth on its cover! 😅 Let's join in our community to do our part, from growing our own food, go paperless, to supporting critical conservation efforts. Not forgetting to sing or play an #earthsong. 😁🌍💙🎼
"Perhaps the most arresting of quantum improbabilities is the idea...that certain pairs of subatomic particles, even when separated by the most considerable distances, can each instantly 'know' what the other is doing. Particles have a quality known as spin and...the moment you determine the spin of one particle, its sister particle, no matter how distant...will immediately begin spinning in the opposite direction and at the same rate." What the?
Over at Shelf Awareness today, I'm talking about my favorite science books (as someone who always struggled to "get it" in science classes). This is a pretty fascinating world we live in, guys. #nonfiction http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers/2017-03-24/science_books_for_non-scientis...
Audio aided #litsomnia tonight. I usually find Matthews's narration of this great book soothes me to sleep, but tonight, or, more accurately, this morning, I am finding myself rapt by descriptions of the Bone Wars. Tomorrow is going to be a rough work day.
Such are the distances, in fact, that it isn't possible...to draw the solar system to scale. Even if you added lots of fold-out pages...you wouldn't come close. On a diagram of the solar system to scale, with the Earth reduced to about the diameter of a pea, Jupiter would be over 300 meters away and Pluto would be two and a half kilometers distant (and about the size of a bacterium, so you wouldn't be able to see it anyway).
This one is my first non-fiction read as an audiobook. It's a very interesting book that gives you general knowledge about, well, nearly everything 😜
I am discovering that i like non-fiction better to read rather than as audio since it helps me retain more information, but then again i finish audiobooks way faster (It took me a few months to read Guns Germs and Steel, but a few days to listen to this one...)
Did some #audiobaking until the horrible loud voice shouted in my ear that my wireless headphones were low on battery I continued without headphones.
I am absolutely loving this book.
It is natural human impulse to think of evolution as a long chain of improvements, of a never-ending advance towards largeness and complexity — in a word, towards us. We flatter ourselves. Most of the real diversity in evolution has been small-scale. We large things are just flukes — an interesting side branch.
So glad I'm doing the audio for this I would NEVER be able to read it as it is I feel like my brain tunes out some times with some of the technical explanations.
I'm digging this 👍🏼
I'm forced to adult this afternoon by going to the grocery store, thankfully only for a few things and I have to get my #cupidgoespostal stuff. New audiobook though to keep me company. #audioshopping can we make that a new hashtag?
Finally wrapped up this one. I think it took me so long just because it's a ton of information to take in. I could only read small bits at a time and then needed a break to process. Some of the author's phrasing and styling got old, but what he's done with this ambitious overview of science is overall highly successful. Be prepared though, lovers of science: you'll learn we know nothing.