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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything (Young Adult)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Bill Bryson’s own fascination with science began with a battered old school book he had when he was about ten or eleven years old. It had an illustration that captivated him–a diagram showing Earth’s interior as it would look if you cut into it with a large knife and removed about a quarter of its bulk. The idea of lots of startled cars and people falling off the edge of t ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2003)
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Santhosh
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book primarily because the completeist in me wanted to tick one off in completing the Bill Bryson set of books (I have one more to go). I was aware that this is an abridged, illustrated and watered down version of A Short History of Nearly Everything, targeted at a younger audience. However, I was delighted to find that, apart from standing by itself as a nice little general science introduction book, this more colourful version is also like a nice little summary to the meatier or ...more
Shaun
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this one with "the lads" after finishing "The Littlest Prince" in late August of last year. We read about two or three of the short articles regarding some unique aspect of the history and development of our civilization, planet, solar system, galaxy and universe. We generally read this book once or twice a week just before their bedtime to keep their awesome, developing minds focused on the wonders found in the world of science and discovery. It is a great balance to the Bible a ...more
Raisu
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Couple of years ago I realized I know hardly anything about sciences, natural history and the like. Most of what I learned in high school, I'd forgotten. But no prob, thought I, isn't that what books are for? Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" seemed perfect, but when I started reading that, it soon turned out it wasn't quite simple enough for my poor little brain. So when the YA version caught my eye, I jumped to the chance to learn stuff about nearly everything again.

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Rupa
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really short and interesting with a lot of pictures and easy tone - though meant for kids, works well for a coffee table book for curious adults as well.
Alastair Hudson
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
The "Grown-Ups" version is one of my favourite non-fiction books, so reading the children's version to my 6 and 8 year olds as bedtime reading was a no-brainer. Everyone needs more understanding of the world around us and the history of science is sadly neglected in our schools ('much more important than the history of monarchs).

This was a challenging bedtime read. It was difficult getting them to concentrate on ideas that were new, overwhelming and difficult to grasp at the end of a day. Time p
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Thomas Ray
A little of everything, not much; not very thoughtfully done.
Felicia
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book took me SO long to finish. Honestly, I started it the last week or so of July and finished it the last week of September. Nonfiction has always been hard for me and is generally a genre I stay away from. This book was nice but definitely not my favorite.

I loved the way it was written. Bryson’s writing is witty and entertaining but he still packs tons of information into relatively small paragraphs. The book was also not what I expected. I thought it would be more about historical event
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Kendall
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this kids' version of the book--it covers most of what we teach in sixth grade social studies and science all in one book! It's kind of like a human primer. I think everyone should read it..and I also think it should serve as a textbook in middle school social studies classes.
Janhavi.dave
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All kids must read this book...
Steven Gilbert
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The kids version of what is my favorite non-fiction book of all time.
Tina
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odlično branje za navdušence nad zgodovino znanosti. Avtor se res trudi biti zabaven in čim manj dolgočasen, kar mu odlično uspeva - včasih se zdi, da celo predobro in postane rahlo sumljivo (čisto vsak znanstvenik v preteklosti pa že ni mogel imeti popolnoma odbitega značaja - gre za pretiravanje ali za izbiranje opisanih le na podlagi zanimivosti, ne znanstvenega doprinosa?). Glede same znanosti, fizika na primer ni bila razložena z nekimi dobrimi uvidi, večkrat je bilo napisano celo toliko po ...more
Jaap Tilburg
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, nature
Een bijzonder aantrekkelijk geschreven verhaal waarin veel onderzoekers voor het voetlicht komen op zo'n manier dat ook hun persoonlijke situatie duidelijk wordt. Zo kun je er bijvoorbeeld achterkomen dat de opa van Darwin Josiah Wedgwood was van het bekende servies bedrijf Wedgwood. Ook hun karakter, anekdotes en hun onderzoek wordt op een toegankelijke manier beschreven ook geschikt voor niet-wetenschappers.
De onderzoekers hebben zich bezig gehouden met de natuur van kosmos t/m de micro werel
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Kyrie
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping for something for a slightly more mature reader, but this one was interesting. I think it'd be a really great addition to a primary school science curriculum, especially if an adult was reading it aloud and making comments. It would be a good jumping off point to delve deeper into things that might interest the child.
SUBRATA DUTTA
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A wonderful introduction to the world of science written in a language that is funny and erudite both at the same time.
The childish sketches accompanying the text, however, are not particularly appealing and could well have been avoided.
A good, enjoyable read.
Timeo Williams
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this as a complement to Bryson's A Short History on Everything. And I enjoyed. I really enjoyed it.

It was condensed, but follows the same outline as the former book, and the illustrations accompanying the material was also nice. Bryson's sense of humor is charming as always.

Katie
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-children-s
Very interesting and pretty thorough, especially for a YA information encyclopedia-type book. I would like to read the adult version some day!
Joseph Delcourt
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
disappointing
Rob Baker
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites.
Dane Divine
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
Emre Güneş
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody should read it. To understand better or at least to be curious about the history of universe and earth and everything in it.
Ann Uzhovska
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
kind complicated and overwhelming, but fun
Alyssa
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super easy to understand, love the pictures and how great it portrays evolution!
Muhammad Nawawy Arasy Padil
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every living thing is an elaboration on a single original plan.
All life is one.
Queen
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for children and adults alike. It’s very succinct and complete.
Bruce
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great primer on . . . everything!
Sophie
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything is a fantastic snapshot of our planet’s history, spanning from the beginning of time to the environmental dilemmas that we’re currently facing.

I think that Bill Bryson has written a book that will draw kids into the fascinating world of science effortlessly. Well, it attracted my inner geek, anyway! The complex ideas that are breached in A Really Short History of Nearly Everything are explained clearly and simply without taking away their impact or ad
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Kathleen
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, benicia
I very much enjoyed and recognize the value and virtues of this book but I have a few misgivings. While packaged for kids and bearing only the U.S. price tag, all spellings and measurements are given using the English system and I could find no conversion table nor notes about the differences. This would not be a problem for many children who would be likely to get their hands and heads around this book, but why pass up the opportunity for fundamental comprehension of scientific facts by withhol ...more
بثينة
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
كتاب علمي مبسط و ممتع جدا.. الدقة في خلق الكون ليس لها نهايه..
.. غريبه هي قدرتنا على العيش في الارض رغم الزلازل والبراكين و التلوث والتصحر والتجمد والبكتيريا والفيروسات.. وكون الانسان ضعيف جدا
سبحان القائل: "إنا كل شيء خلقناه بقدر"

من المعلومات الشيقه في الكتاب:
- عمر الكون 13.7 بليون سنه
- عدد الذرات ثابته في الكون.. عندما تموت تتفكك ذراتك وتتحلل لتكون شيئا اخر..
- عدد النجوم في مجرتنا بين 100 و 400 بليون! ومجرتنا واحده بين 140 بليون مجره!
- لو اقتربت الارض من الشمس ولو بنسبه بسيطه احترقنا ولو ا
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K.C.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Bryson, B. (2008). A really short history of nearly everything. New York: Delacorte Press.

Category: informational picture books

This the story of our universe and everything in it. It is presented in conversational tone making it an easier read, and includes interesting explanations such as how and why the Mason Dixon line was created (named after the men who "dre" the line) and how it became the division between slavery and freedom. Contents include: Lost in the cosmos, The size of the earth, A
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Antoinette
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bill Bryson is a talented writer who makes science fun and interesting! He manages to incorporate all the essential facts necessary to understand the evolution and mysteries of life. Every teacher, parent, and child should own a copy of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything. The book is written in a clear and labeled format that is easy for any child to read. Furthermore, it has colorful illustrations, and it asks and answers questions about science. The science topics in the book elucidat ...more
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William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer. He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.

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