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Title: A Short History of Nearly Everything
Author: Bill Bryson
Genre/text type: historical science true novel
Date read: 20/03/12

This book is an amazing science novel, which explains the most difficult science laws and human intuitiveness in a comprehensible and easy-to-understand way everything from how scientists discovered the age of the world, to how many cells are in your body, and how chemistry as a science was created and put separately apart from alchemists, and with so many more true facts of science and research from heaps of different sources. I read this book because I love science and so then lots of people have told me about this book that I figured I might as well give it a go. This book is amazing, explaining the most complicated parts and ways of science in the most simple and understandable ways.

One of the many interesting things in this book is when Bill Bryson explains and tells us about what James Hutton has done for science and the books he wrote. One of the sentences that are from an extract from a book that Hutton wrote is ‘In the one case, the forming cause is in the body which is separated; for; after the body has been actuated by heat, it is by the reaction of the proper matter of the body, that the chasm which constitutes the vein is formed. In the other case, again, the cause is extrinsic in relation to the body in which the chasm is formed. There has been the most violent fracture and divulsion; but the cause is still to seek; and it appears not in the vein; for it is not every fracture and dislocation of the solid body of our earth, in which minerals, or the proper substances of mineral veins are found.’ Bryson however, tells us that this means simply that Hutton has realised that the soil as because of erosion, the earth should be flat and smooth, so the processes that shaped the earth needed massive amounts of time, way more than anyone had ever dreamed of. This evidence is basically what this whole book is about,...
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