A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson | Audiobooks |
ISBN: 076790818x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rico-Verde of Leesburg, Florida USA on 1/1/2005
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Saturday, January 01, 2005
Natural history can be a tonic for readers of fiction. It broadens the mental horizons. I probably would have never read this, but I got it for Christmas; and am I ever glad. It's a lucid, colorful survey of modern scientific thought. Why didn't I want to read this before? Bryson, as a scientific outsider with a congenial tone, is the perfect author for such a book. He doesn't confuse or distort. Despite the presumptuous title, just about every chapter leaves off with a confession of our abiding ignorance of the world around us.

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This is an international bookring. If you're interested, send me a personal message and I'll add your name to the list below.

Current location in bold type.
1. Me (Leesburg, Florida, USA)
2. agschoolgrad (Jefferson, Georgia, USA)
3. bugandbean Columbus, Ohio, USA) prefers to ship stateside
4. DrBrown (Sierra Madre, California, USA)
5. aava (Jyväskylä, Finland) will ship overseas
6. alanfoxboro (Hixson, Tennessee, USA) can ship anywhere
7. mysteryfan03 (Moberly, Missouri, USA) can ship anywhere
8. HallieK (Austin, Texas, USA)
9. bookmanu (Cascais, Portugal)
10. Could be you...
11. etc.

Journal Entry 2 by Rico-Verde from Leesburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Postal release to agschoolgrad. Please let us know when it arrives. Hope everyone likes it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 3 by agschoolgrad from Jefferson, Georgia USA on Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Received in the mail today. Thanks!

Journal Entry 4 by agschoolgrad from Jefferson, Georgia USA on Wednesday, March 30, 2005
I can't get into this book right now, must not be the right time in my life to read it. I am sending on to the next person.

Journal Entry 5 by bugandbean from Columbus, Ohio USA on Tuesday, April 19, 2005
hoo boy - received today, thanks! this must be ring season - they all seem to be on their way to me. But persevere I must, and I'll check back in later.

Journal Entry 6 by bugandbean from Columbus, Ohio USA on Sunday, May 01, 2005
This is the most interesting science book I have ever read, although I have to admit that I skimmed and skipped some. But the parts I did read (which was most of it) was great - and even humorous. He inserts so much human interest as he relays the various scientists and their discoveries - the part where Richard Owen lost a freshly severed head, for instance. I think I've learned, or at least understood, more about earth science in the last week that I ever have in my life. The only thing that strikes me as so funny is his constant use of terms like "extremely lucky" "fortunate" "uncanny" and others to describe the amazing details found in life that form us, our earth, and allow us to be alive, and he gives NO credence to any intelligent design! I guess that's not "scientific", but I can't imagine how anyone can ignore the idea completely. Well, maybe he threw it in during a chunk that I skipped! anyway, good book - it should be used as a textbook in high schools.
Contacting DrBrown.

Journal Entry 7 by DrBrown from Sierra Madre, California USA on Thursday, May 19, 2005
This actually arrived a week or so ago, but I forgot to journal it. Sorry, bugandbean

Journal Entry 8 by aava from Dals-Ed, Västergötland Sweden on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The book waited me when I came back from my holiday. Thanks.

Journal Entry 9 by aava from Dals-Ed, Västergötland Sweden on Sunday, September 11, 2005
I´m so sorry... it has taken me too long with this book but finally last night I finished it. It is a fascinating book. I was never good at science stuff at school, but this made me wonder that maybe after all it´s not so boring after all. Many funny anecdotes about the wise men(yes, mostly men I´m afraid, altough the very radioactive cook book of Marie Curie made me laugh too)and also some serious questions about... well, about anything really. So many thanks to Rico-Verde, now it´s time that the book heads back overseas.

Journal Entry 10 by alanfoxboro from Searcy, Arkansas USA on Monday, November 07, 2005
I received this book today in the mail. Thanks to Rico-Verde for the bookring and to aava for sending it on to me. I will read it and post a review ASAP.

Journal Entry 11 by alanfoxboro from Searcy, Arkansas USA on Thursday, April 13, 2006
I am a great fan of Bill Bryson. I am glad I read this, although I enjoy his travel themed books more.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is a fast-paced and entertaining synopsis of past and present scientific thought. Unfortunately, like most books of its kind, it raises more questions than it answers. The most striking point of this book is how much we don't know about nearly everything.

I am sending this book on to the next participant, pending an address. Sorry to have taken so long with it.

Journal Entry 12 by alanfoxboro from Searcy, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, May 03, 2006
On the way to mysteryfan03.

Journal Entry 13 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Monday, May 08, 2006
Hmmmm. I received this book today. It is in a brown paper bookcover! What will people think that I am reading?!!! LOL The book has lots of notations in it as if it were used for a textbook. I will get started on this soon and journal again. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Journal Entry 14 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Monday, May 15, 2006
While parts of this book were interesting, most of it was pretty boring to me. I skimmed most of the book. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I have tried PMing HallieK since I received the book and if I dont get an address soon, I will try the next person. Thanks for sharing the book!

Journal Entry 15 by HallieK from Austin, Texas USA on Friday, June 09, 2006
Got this in the mail today. Looking forward to reading it!

Okay, well, I never quite got to this and I don't want to keep it anymore. I'm mailing it on to the next in line on 8/5/06. Thanks for sharing this one anyway!

Journal Entry 16 by bookmanu from Cascais, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, September 08, 2006
Thanks HallieK and Rico-Verde, received safe and sound.

I've noticed that i'm last in line for this bookring so if you don't mind I'm going to hold onto it for a while. I have some RABCKs and swaps which I've committed to read and send out to a few fellow bookcrossers in Mt TBR first.

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