I have little to say about this book, except for leave whatever you are doing and read it. Now.
If you want to know a little bit more, let’s say this is a book about every branch of science, which explains what we know, how we got to know it, and what is still ahead of our actual knowledge, including brief biographies of great scientific men and women who studied issues and made discoveries we now take for granted. And all that is told in a humorous and concise manner, which not only does it make you get involved in all the mysteries of our world, but also be willing to learn more.
Because we all have studied books about the distance between the Earth and the Sun, or the age of the Universe, etc. and, nevertheless, we don’t know how they actually measure it! Those processes that leaded the way to the facts that we now find in textbooks involved incredible adventures and epic disagreements among scientists, and knowing about it makes science far more interesting.
Believe me: this is a book to read and re-read. To learn about men and women who tried to find answers. To think about everything that is awaiting for us to discover.
A short history of nearly everything
Published by Broadway, 560 pages
Non-fiction reading challenge: 10/10