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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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Aug 13, 07

Recommended for: Anyone interested in science at any level of familiarity, history readers
Read in February, 2006

The perfect reintroduction to the sciences for anyone. Bill Bryson is not just a better writer than most hard scientists, but than most science journalists, making almost every topic fluid and understandable to the layman. He takes you across many of science's greatest achievements and discoveries, like astronomy, the fossil record and evolution. He puts each paradigm-shaking change into social context, giving both a historical sense of importance and expressing how the scope of scientific knowledge expanded. None of his sections are the end-all or be-all, but they are exceptional starting points for self-education. Anyone who is interested in the sciences but hasn't had a formal education should give Bryson's book a try. Anyone with the love of science who wants to help share that love should also give it a try, for help on how to express its wonders.
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