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message 1: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
The schedule for Feb - Mar 2017:

A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
Day Date Chapter Pages # pages
Fri 3-Feb Introduction - Ch 2 P 1 - 28 29
Tue 7-Feb Ch 3 - 4 P 29 - 62 33
Fri 10-Feb Ch 5- 6 P 63 - 96 33
Tue 14-Feb Ch 7 - 8 P 97 - 132 36
Fri 17-Feb Ch 9-10 P 133 - 160 28
Tue 21-Feb Ch 11 - 12 P 161 - 186 26
Fri 24-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 189 - 206 18
Tue 28-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 207 - 223 17
Fri 3-Mar Ch 15 - 16 P 224 - 254 30
Tue 7-Mar Ch 17 - 18 P 255 - 286 31
Fri 10-Mar Ch 19 - 20 P 287 - 320 34
Tue 14-Mar Ch 21 - 22 P 321 - 349 29
Fri 17-Mar Ch 23 P 350 - 370 21
Tue 21-Mar Ch 24 - 25 P 371 - 396 26
Fri 24-Mar Ch 26 P 397 - 416 20
Tue 28-Mar Ch 27 - 28 P 419 - 452 34
Fri 31-Mar Ch 29 - 30 P 453 - 478 25


message 2: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 3-Feb Introduction - Ch 2 P 1 - 28 29


message 3: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 3-Feb Introduction - Ch 2 P 1 - 28 29"

Ok, this book may be too technical but I am finding it interesting. As I read away – I kind of feel like my mind is going to explode when I think about big the universe is and how everything is made up of atom and just how small an atom is. I really think this book is going to keep me thinking.


message 4: by Annie (new)

Annie | 32 comments Trudy, I'm picking up my copy at the library later today. This is not a usual genre for me - looking forward to the challenge!


message 5: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 7-Feb Ch 3 - 4 P 29 - 62 33


message 6: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 7-Feb Ch 3 - 4 P 29 - 62 33"

Somehow, I lost my notes for this chapter but I do remember all the information that was learned about the earth. It was measure for shape (not quite round), flatter at the poles and bulbous as the equator, the distance between each degree and even the weight. They talked about Newton and other scientist I most recently heard about on the Big Bang Theory.
Interesting.


message 7: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 10-Feb Ch 5- 6 P 63 - 96 33


message 8: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 14-Feb Ch 7 - 8 P 97 - 132 36


message 9: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 10-Feb Ch 5- 6 P 63 - 96 33"

First we learn about how old the earth is in the opinion of geologist. They the study of rocks lead to the finding of bones and paleontology. This is where the pettiness of scientists seems to have really began. The only goal for scientist was not to discover new things for science but to beat out other scientists. The discovery of bones and the disproving and taking credit for other people’s work seemed to start at this time. It was determined that the earth is millions of years old.


message 10: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 14-Feb Ch 7 - 8 P 97 - 132 36"

Ch 7 talks about chemistry and the creation of the periodic table of elements. Interesting I had forgotten about the rows and columns. It also talked about who discovered each of the elements. The chapter ended with Curie’s discovering radium.
Ch 8 gets in into the 20th century where they figured Physics was a bad field to go into because everything that needed to be discovered already had. Boy were they wrong. The chapter stared with Einstein theory of relativity to Hawling’s space time and continued on to Hubble’s discovery of millions of galaxies.


message 11: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 17-Feb Ch 9-10 P 133 - 160 28


message 12: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 17-Feb Ch 9-10 P 133 - 160 28"

The Mighty Atom – We learned more about the atom, neutrons, protons and electrons. This chapter made my head hurt. Interesting but very complex.
Get the Lead Out – They started putting lead in the 1920s and found that it was causing the ozone to deteriorate at a exceeding pace. Then they added CFC to help refrigerate, this did even worse things to the environment. There was a man out of University of Chicago and then CalTech who used lead to figure out the age of the earth. That was achieved but he never got credit for it because he made it his life goal to inform the world on what lead and CFC were doing to the environment. He was getting refused grants and stopped in every way possible by the oil men and the politicians. Although we have come a long way in cleaning the air, the damage has been done.


message 13: by Hillary (new)

Hillary (hmom) | 23 comments Hopefully book will arrive soon. Been on ILL list


message 14: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 21-Feb Ch 11 - 12 P 161 - 186 26


message 15: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 21-Feb Ch 11 - 12 P 161 - 186 26"

Muster Mark;s Quarks – most of this chapter is stuff I heard on Big Bang Theory but is way over my head. I did love the quote: Matters in physics have now reached such a pitch that it is “almost impossible for the non-scientist to discriminate between that legitimately weird and the outright crackpot.”
The Earth Moves – We learn how the earth landmasses and oceans are constantly moving. Like plates and continental drifts and how a land mass can move about 1 yard in a life time.


message 16: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 24-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 189 - 206 18


message 17: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 24-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 189 - 206 18"

Bang – This deals with the theory that the dinosaurs became extinct not over time but to a meteorite or crater hitting the earth. Now the problem is finding which impact site caused the extinction. It seems to be a site in New Mexico. The other issue is would we know if another impact was to happen in a time to do something about it – the answer is NO.


message 18: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 28-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 207 - 223 17


message 19: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 28-Feb Ch 13 - 14 P 207 - 223 17"

The Fire Below – Now we learn about earthquakes and volcanos. These are two events are still pretty much unpredictable. They talked about the different kinds of earthquakes. The book published in 2003 predicted a large earthquake in Japan – that happened in 2011.


message 20: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 3-Mar Ch 15 - 16 P 224 - 254 30


message 21: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 3-Mar Ch 15 - 16 P 224 - 254 30"

Dangerous Beauty – Talks about Yellowstone National Park being one gigantic caldera which is to say it is a super-volcano that can blow at any time. There are many earthquakes and eruptions that happen there all the time.

Lonely Planet – The earth is an odd planet for us (people) to live on. We can only live on small portions. We can’t live underwater, where it is too hot or too cold. There are elements that can kill us but we also need them to survive. We are an adaptable being and we have adapted to living on the earth


message 22: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 7-Mar Ch 17 - 18 P 255 - 286 31


message 23: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 7-Mar Ch 17 - 18 P 255 - 286 31"

Into The Troposphere – Here we learn about the atmosphere and the different levels. The atmosphere is as thick as you would think with what is has to do to protect tot earth. Between the ocean and the atmosphere is where our weather comes from. It is very unpredictable.
The Bounding Main – Here we learn about the oceans and oceanography. Relatively little is known about our oceans but we are depleting them of certain types of fish at the rate fisherman and catching them.


message 24: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 10-Mar Ch 19 - 20 P 287 - 320 34


message 25: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 10-Mar Ch 19 - 20 P 287 - 320 34"

The Rise of Life – I admit, I didn’t get a whole lot of out this chapter, It seemed to cause more questions than it answered. I still don’t understand where live came from.
Small World –(Microbiology) – Here we learn about bacterial that causes and helps fight disease. How some microbe come and go and stay dormant for a while and then come back. Scary thought.


message 26: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 14-Mar Ch 21 - 22 P 321 - 349 29


message 27: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 14-Mar Ch 21 - 22 P 321 - 349 29"

Life Goes On –Paleontology – here we learn about fossils. There is the Burguss Shale and other fossils found around the world. Where did they come from and how old are they and where did they come from? There is a lot of controversy about them.
Good-bye To All That – I like the conclusion of the chapter: There are four points: Life wants to be; life doesn’t always want to be much, from time to time life goes extinct and Life goes on.


message 28: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 17-Mar Ch 23 P 350 - 370 21


message 29: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 17-Mar Ch 23 P 350 - 370 21"

The Richness of Being – Botany, zoology and entomology – There are millions of species of living things in this world. Most of them have yet to be discovered and of those that have been discovered, have yet to be recorded in a central database. There are the same species with different names found in different parts of the world. One things that struct me is how botanist and enologists seem to obsessed with sex.


message 30: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Hey all - we will be starting the voting on Monday so please add some books to the Nomination Thead - I only think there are a couople there.


message 31: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 21-Mar Ch 24 - 25 P 371 - 396 26


message 32: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 21-Mar Ch 24 - 25 P 371 - 396 26"

Cells – Biochemistry – Cells make up everything and there are over 10 quadrillion cells in the body. They are constantly reproducing and then dying off. Cells are what keeps out bodies going – the each have a job and they do their jobs. Quite amazing actually.
Darwin’s Singular Notion – Found it interesting that Darwin was born the same day as Lincoln. Darwin came up with his theory when sailing the world for 5 years. He know the theory would cause controversy and didn’t publish it until 15 years later when it seemed like someone else was going to beat him to the punch. It was Mendel who came up with the idea recessive and dominate genes (although he didn’t use that word). Darwin wrote many other papers which he was praised for but On Origin of the Species and The Descent of Man. It wasn’t until the 1930 & 1940 that his theory really took off.


message 33: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 24-Mar Ch 26 P 397 - 416 20


message 34: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Fri 24-Mar Ch 26 P 397 - 416 20"

The Stuff of Life – DNA – that is the focus of this chapter. How much of it we have, how it identifies us as individuals, mow most of it is the same as everyone else, and how crossing DNA between species can be done. We are very complex beings.


message 35: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Reminder - Today is the last day to vote for April - May book


message 36: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Tue 28-Mar Ch 27 - 28 P 419 - 452 34


message 37: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Trudy wrote: "Today's Reading: Tue 28-Mar Ch 27 - 28 P 419 - 452 34"

Ice Time – There has been multiple ice ages on the earth, each one a little worse. We are coming to a time of major environmental change. We are on a knife’s edge.
The Mysterious Biped – Paleontology – All the remains of ancient beings found in Africa are the in homo class there are many different species (erectis, habilis …). Where did we evolve from.


message 38: by Trudy (new)

Trudy Gleason | 507 comments Mod
Today's Reading: Fri 31-Mar Ch 29 - 30 P 453 - 478 25


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