View Full Version : "A Brief History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson

2006-Feb-14, 01:45 PM
I borrowed this book from library today. Looks like a interesting book. Being a slow-reader I have read 30 pages so far. The different theories of Big Bang/universe explained is easy for me to understand and theres some amazing fact i never knew or thought about.

Has anybody else read this book? Are the facts presented in the book accurate?

Interesting to see what others think about this book.


2006-Feb-14, 06:34 PM
At one point he mentions an prehistoric tool-making community in Africa. They made the same models of tools and lived in the same place for ONE MILLION YEARS. They only moved on when the nearby lake dried up.

I'd never heard of this before, and wondered at the time about its veracity.

2006-Feb-14, 06:50 PM
Here's my take (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?p=247933#post247933) on it, from a while back. I'll see if I can find what those "holes" were.

2006-Feb-14, 07:39 PM
I'm going to get to it at some point. I consider Bill Bryson to be the thinking man's Dave Barry (whom I also read!), so I don't expect perfection, but I do expect more accuracy than Dave Barry Slept Here, for example.

The Supreme Canuck
2006-Feb-14, 07:59 PM
Here's my take (http://www.bautforum.com/showthread.php?p=247933#post247933) on it, from a while back. I'll see if I can find what those "holes" were.

Yeah, I wish I had my copy with me. There are some whopping mistakes. Other than that, though, it's still a pretty good book.

2006-Feb-14, 08:03 PM
My wife with the master's degree in zoology is reading it now and says she's really enjoying it.

2006-Feb-14, 08:34 PM
What is your other wife reading?

2006-Feb-14, 11:47 PM
What is your other wife reading?

I knew I was going to get a response like that as soon as I looked at my sentence on the screen.... ;)

2006-Feb-15, 12:42 AM
It's a fantastic read, IMO.

2006-Feb-15, 02:15 AM
I got the new illustrated version. Very good. Though Bryson does have a tendency to get so caught up in the sometimes bizarre personalities of famous scientisits that you can get lost on what the chapter was about.

2006-Feb-15, 02:20 AM
I enjoyed that, personally. :)

2006-Feb-16, 07:51 PM
I liked it a lot. I've bored many of my friends to tears with stories of the Black Mamo and the Stevens Island Wren, but I don't care, I think it's fascinating.

Dr Nigel
2006-Feb-26, 08:36 PM
I also enjoyed the book. I didn't notice any real howlers (well I don't remember noticing, but it is a couple of years since I read it), but several sections were a bit oversimplified. Then again, if science weren't extensively simplified, we wouldn't have people like Bill Bryson writing books about it.

I've enjoyed all of his books that I've read - I find his writing style very easy-going and chatty.