Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson – A short history of nearly everything

Bill Bryson was born on December 8, 1951. He American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on science. Born an American, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before returning to the US in 1995. In 2003 Bryson moved back to Britain, living in the old rectory of Wramplingham, Norfolk, and was appointed Chancellor of Durham University. A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book by American author Bill Bryson that explains some areas of science. Bryson describes the size of the universe, and that of atoms and subatomic particles. He then explores the history of geology and biology, and traces life from its first appearance to today's modern humans. He discusses the possibility of the Earth's being struck by a meteor, and reflects on human capabilities of spotting a meteor before it impacts the Earth, and the extensive damage that such an event would cause. He also focuses on some of the most recent destructive disasters of volcanic origin in the history of our planet, including Krakatoa and Yellowstone National Park. What I liked about the book was that it was full of interesting and odd facts. These facts were so peculiar and odd because it was virtually impossible to work them out. What I also liked about the book was that you were able to learn a lot about the scientist that have carried out great investigations over time. I think the only negative about the book was that it was a long read and took a lot of time for me to finish reading , it would be better if some of it was shortened down to make it quicker to read. I think the book is very mature and gives you a lot of detail about every subject that it covers. I think that overall though the book is very interesting and I learnt quite a bit from it. I would say the book is aimed at 15+ ages .
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