A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition - Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date: 2003-05-06
  • Genre: World
Score: 4
From 303 Ratings


This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, Bill Bryson’s exciting, informative journey into the world of science.

In A Short History of Nearly Everything, the bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it.

Now, in this handsome new edition, Bill Bryson’s words are supplemented by full-color artwork that explains in visual terms the concepts and wonder of science, at the same time giving face to the major players in the world of scientific study. Eloquently and entertainingly described, as well as richly illustrated, science has never been more involving or entertaining.


  • On technical site...

    By Benon44
    I just started reading it in iBooks edition. The dates (years) appear as 1077 instead 1977; at least in references for first chapters. I hope it can be corrected by next update.
  • A *must* read

    By terekus
    A brilliantly written page-turner, this book disambiguates so much of the world around us it deserves to be on every school's curriculum.
  • A Thorough Yet Brief Compendium of Natural History

    By Alex Banuelos
    I'm incredulous of the amount of research Bryson put into this book. He really took the time to go above and beyond toward realms of thought and inquiry far outreaching his scope as an author. I can't help but appreciate the immensity of this work. I encourage anybody of a high school reading level to give this book a chance. The beginning is breathtakingly illustrative of concepts otherwise unimaginable to the average Joe, and what's more, Bryson's language does little to obstruct or obscure the big picture. So much literature of this nature is dismissed on account of lofty diction and esoteric jargon, but this particular book is a breath of fresh air for anybody with even a subtle interest in science and natural history wanting to better understand it all. All that keeps this book from a five-star rating are the brief periods of dry material which prove necessary in compiling a vast summary of time so succinctly. It's a picky critique and easily overlooked.
  • Mind Boggling

    By NickWhyDoINeedAName
    Absolutely amazing book, portraying the full scope of our amazing world. Thank you Bill Bryson for taking me on that journey and for including your usual insights and humor.
  • Wonderful!

    By WannabeAShotCalla
    This book is amazing! It's so entertaining and informative. The writing was powerful enough to change the way I look at the world. One of my favorites!
  • Yet another terrific book from Bill Bryson

    By The Gray Ghost of the Plains
    As I've gotten older, I've become more interested in nonfiction, and this book was a great reintroduction to science for me. Of course, Bryson's wit makes it all the more palatable.
  • Not Worth It

    By jimjamontoast
    Save yourself a couple bucks and buy the regular edition of this book. The illustrations are really just google search worthy, and frankly just take away from the writing. Some of the illustrations were cartoons from the newspaper vaguely referencing the subject, and others are low resolution pictures of nebula and other spacy things (clearly I'm no expert). Overall not worth it, though the regular text is brilliant. I love it.
  • Great book!

    By Yeppers d
    I own the hardcover and have read it around 6 times, cover to cover. Great book and easy to read on
  • A Treasure

    By YCHIJ3K
    This is the sort of book you can read over and over again. I just read it for the second time and I'm looking forward to reading it out loud to my kids when they're old enough to appreciate Bryson's passion and wit.
  • Wilson Tapiero

    By 72Wil
    A great book for the scientific curious mind. A wonderful verbal picture of how our Universe works..