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A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson
  • ISBN Code: : 0385674503
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Pages : 624
  • Category : Science
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One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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  • Total of Pages : 208
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  • Pdf File: remarkable-creatures.pdf

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National Book Award Finalist: A biologist’s “thoroughly enjoyable” account of the expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet (Publishers Weekly). Not so long ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much of the knowledge of our own species’ history was a set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. But scientists were about to embark on an amazing new era of understanding. From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Picture, this book leads us on a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA. Filled with the same sense of adventure that spurred on these extraordinary men and women, Remarkable Creatures is a “stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology” (Kirkus Reviews). “Charming and enlightening.” —San Francisco Chronicle “As fast-paced as a detective story.” —Nature

Thunderstruck

By Erik Larson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0307351920
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : History
  • Members : 882
  • Pdf File: thunderstruck.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.” In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Set in Edwardian London and on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck evokes the dynamism of those years when great shipping companies competed to build the biggest, fastest ocean liners; scientific advances dazzled the public with visions of a world transformed; and the rich outdid one another with ostentatious displays of wealth. Against this background, Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention: the wireless, a prime catalyst for the emergence of the world we know today. Meanwhile, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” nearly commits the perfect murder. With his unparalleled narrative skills, Erik Larson guides us through a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. Along the way, he tells of a sad and tragic love affair that was described on the front pages of newspapers around the world, a chief inspector who found himself strangely sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a driven and compelling inventor who transformed the way we communicate.

Human Universe

By Professor Brian Cox,Andrew Cohen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008129797
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 655
  • Pdf File: human-universe.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Top ten Sunday Times Bestseller ‘Engaging, ambitious and creative’ Guardian Where are we? Are we alone? Who are we? Why are we here? What is our future?

The Way Things Work Now

By David Macaulay
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 1328663108
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 863
  • Pdf File: the-way-things-work-now.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A New York Times Bestseller Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth. An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.

Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse

By Frederic Morin,David McMillan,Meredith Erickson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Book Code : 0147530806
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Cooking
  • Members : 574
  • Pdf File: joe-beef.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Shortlisted for the 2019 Taste Canada Awards It's the end of the world as we know it. Or not. Either way, you want Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse in your bunker and/or kitchen. In their much-loved first cookbook, Frederic Morin, David MacMillan, and Meredith Erickson introduced readers to the art of living the Joe Beef way. Now they're back with another deeply personal, refreshingly unpretentious collection of 150 new recipes, some taken directly from the menus of Fred and Dave's acclaimed Montreal restaurants, others from summers spent on Laurentian lakes and Sunday dinners at home. Think Watercress soup with Trout Quenelles, Artichokes Bravas, and Deer Beer Belly--alongside Smoked Meat Croquettes, a Tater Tot Galette, and Squash Sticky Buns. Also included are instructions for making your own soap and cough drops and guidance on stocking a cellar with apocalyptic essentials--Canned Bread, Pickled Pork Butt, and Smoked Apple Cider Vinegar--for throwing the most sought-after in-bunker dinner party. In this book filled with recipes, reflections, and ramblings, you'll find chapters devoted to the Quebecois tradition of celebrating Christmas in July, the magic of public television, and Fred and Dave's unique take on barbecue (Brunt-Enf Bourguignon, Cassoulet Rapide), as well as ruminations on natural wine and gluten-free cooking, and advice on why French cuisine rocks at a dinner party. Whether you're holing up for a zombie holocaust or just cooking at home, Joe Beef is a book about doing it yourself, about making it your own, and about living--or at least surviving--in style.

موجز تاريخ كل شيء تقريبًا

By Bill Bryson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : العبيكان للنشر
  • Book Code : 6035033059
  • Total of Pages : 593
  • Category : History
  • Members : 269
  • Pdf File: موجز-تاريخ-كل-شيء-تقريب-ا.pdf

Book Short Summary:

يصف المؤلف بيل برايسون نفسه بأنه الرحالة المتردد ، ولكن حتى حين يبقى آمنًا في المنزل فإنه لا يستطيع أن يوقف فضوله حيال العالم الذي حوله . كتاب موجز تاريخ كل شيء تقريبًا هو مغامرة هدفها فهم كل شيء سبق أن حدث منذ الانفجار الكبير حتى نشوء الحضارة ؛ كيف كنا في الماضي ، وكيف وصلنا إلى ما نحن عليه . إنه رحلة تنويرية لاكتشاف العالم ، تتعدى حدود الزمان والمكان ، بحيث تكون الصورة متكاملة أكثر من ذي قبل . " يقدم الكتاب زادًا تربويًا رائعًا ، وستكون جميع المدارس أمكنة أفضل لو كان هذا الكتاب المقرر العلمي الرئيس في المناهج " تيم فلانيري ، الملحق الأدبي لجريدة التايمز العبيكان 2017

Summary of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Swift Reads
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  • Publisher : Swift Books LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 131
  • Pdf File: summary-of-bill-bryson-s-a-short-history-of-nearly-everything.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Buy now to get the insights from Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. Sample Insights: 1) Protons are an infinitesimal part of an atom. They are so microscopic that about 500,000,000,000 of them could fit in a dot of ink. 2) A universe is created when a proton shrinks down to one billionth of its normal size into a space so small that the proton looks enormous by comparison. This compact space is then packed with every last mote and particle of matter. This is how a universe is created.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

By Jared Reck
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 152471609X
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 151
  • Pdf File: a-short-history-of-the-girl-next-door.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Get your tissues ready for this unrequited love story that’s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews. Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart? Right. That sounds like a bad movie already. Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain. But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant. “This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope—and really, what more can you ask of a book than that?” —Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight “In the blink of an eye, A Short History of the Girl Next Door goes from hilarious to haunting to harrowing to heartbreaking to hopeful and back.” —Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days "Pair this with . . . Jeff Zetner’s Goodbye Days or Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me."—Booklist "Recommend this to readers who enjoyed Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen."--VOYA

Cavendish

By Christa Jungnickel,Russell McCormmach,Professor of History of Science Russell McCormmach
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Book Code : 9780838754450
  • Total of Pages : 814
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 632
  • Pdf File: cavendish.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"The Cavendishes flourished during the high tide of British aristocracy following the revolution of 1688-89, and the case can be made that this aristocracy knew its finest hour when Henry Cavendish gently laid his delicate weights in the pan of his incomparable precision balance. For this it took two generations and two kinds of invention, one in social forms and the other in scientific technique. This biography tells how it came to pass."--BOOK JACKET.