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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
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Sep 06, 2008

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Read in November, 2009

At last, I have finished! This is a pleasant, conversational, informative survey of, well, nearly everything. I have enjoyed reading about astonishingly brilliant and interesting inventors, mathematicians, and scientists. I feel like I learned more than I knew before about electricity, genetics, calculus, and more. Bryson's familiar breezy style flies through the topics so that it does in fact seem to be "short" but he covers so much ground that the tome weighs in at 478 densely packed pages full of facts, names, dates, and stories. The end result does not feel short at all, and I have been reading this book off and on for months.

I thought it might be funnier. This is not a comedic book, but rather a personable tour through some very real history of math and the sciences.

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