A Short History of Nearly Everything

Titre : A Short History of Nearly Everything
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9781409095484
Libération : 2010-03-02

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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Titre : A Really Short History of Nearly Everything
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9780552562966
Libération : 2010

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Bill's own fascination with science began with a battered old schoolbook he had when he was about ten or eleven years old in America. It had an illustration that captivated him - a cutaway diagram showing Earth's interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and carefully removed about a quarter of its bulk. And he very clearly remembers thinking: "How do they know that?" Bill's story-telling skill makes the "How?" and, just as importantly, the "Who?" of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. In this exciting edition for younger readers, he covers the wonder and mysteries of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the crackpot theories which held sway for far too long, the extraordinary accidental discoveries which suddenly advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and, against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.

At Home

Titre : At Home
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9781409095545
Libération : 2010-05-27

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In At Home, Bill Bryson applies the same irrepressible curiosity, irresistible wit, stylish prose and masterful storytelling that made A Short History of Nearly Everything one of the most lauded books of the last decade, and delivers one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live. Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote a lot more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - eating, sleeping and merely endeavouring to get more comfortable. And that most of the key discoveries for humankind can be found in the very fabric of the houses in which we live.This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he did a prodigious amount of research on the history of anything and everything, from architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the spice trade to the Eiffel Tower, from crinolines to toilets; and on the brilliant, creative and often eccentric minds behind them. And he discovered that, although there may seem to be nothing as unremarkable as our domestic lives, there is a huge amount of history, interest and excitement - and even a little danger - lurking in the corners of every home.

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Titre : A Short History of Nearly Everything
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 1843955938
Libération : 2005

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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. This book is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. And how do we know what we know? How do we know what is in the centre of the earth, or what a black hole is? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space Bill Bryson encounters astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists. He takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Bill Bryson s a Short History of Nearly Everything

Titre : Bill Bryson s a Short History of Nearly Everything
Auteur : Suzan Pattinson
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 1741309921
Libération : 2015

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Top Notes study guide for HSC English 2015-2018. The notes are aligned with the "Discovery" theme. Includes notes on the "Discovery" module, plot, character analysis, setting, thematic concerns, useful quotes. Also includes practice essay questions and a modelled response.

The Story of the Human Body

Titre : The Story of the Human Body
Auteur : Daniel Lieberman
Éditeur : Vintage
ISBN-13 : 9780307907417
Libération : 2013-10-01

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In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease. The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of “dysevolution,” a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally—provocatively—he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment. (With charts and line drawings throughout.)

The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid

Titre : The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9781409095781
Libération : 2010-03-02

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Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, ‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.’ In this deeply funny and personal memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, in the curious world of 1950s Middle America. It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout. This is a book about one boy’s growing up. But in Bryson’s hands, it becomes everyone’s story, one that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

Titre :
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : العبيكان للنشر
ISBN-13 : 9786035033053
Libération : 2014-07-17

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يصف المؤلف بيل برايسون نفسه بأنه الرحالة المتردد ، ولكن حتى حين يبقى آمنًا في المنزل فإنه لا يستطيع أن يوقف فضوله حيال العالم الذي حوله . كتاب موجز تاريخ كل شيء تقريبًا هو مغامرة هدفها فهم كل شيء سبق أن حدث منذ الانفجار الكبير حتى نشوء الحضارة ؛ كيف كنا في الماضي ، وكيف وصلنا إلى ما نحن عليه . إنه رحلة تنويرية لاكتشاف العالم ، تتعدى حدود الزمان والمكان ، بحيث تكون الصورة متكاملة أكثر من ذي قبل . " يقدم الكتاب زادًا تربويًا رائعًا ، وستكون جميع المدارس أمكنة أفضل لو كان هذا الكتاب المقرر العلمي الرئيس في المناهج " تيم فلانيري ، الملحق الأدبي لجريدة التايمز

One Summer

Titre : One Summer
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9781448169542
Libération : 2013-09-26

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In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone’s reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of over-the-hill baseball player Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a tale of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that make him Britain’s favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.

A Walk in the Woods Film Tie In

Titre : A Walk in the Woods Film Tie In
Auteur : Bill Bryson
Éditeur : Random House
ISBN-13 : 9781784161118
Libération : 2015-07-30

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In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.