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A really short history of nearly everything

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: [United States] : Delacorte Press, [2009], ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Juvenile audience : English : 1st U.S. ed., newly illustrated, abridged, and adapted edView all editions and formats
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Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home.
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Genre/Form: History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 9780385738101 0385738102
OCLC Number: 303038257
Notes: Includes index.
Credits: Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home.
Description: 169 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps; 29 cm.
Contents: LOST IN THE COSMOS. Finding out about our planet --
Recipe for an explosion --
The Big Bang and what came next --
How DID you get here?? --
Cosmic radiation and you --
How far to the edge of the universe? --
Our vast solar system --
Looking for Pluto, the new dwarf planet --
Voyager expeditions --
Who's out there? Advanced life elsewhere in the cosmos? --
Reverend Bob Evans: the supernova searcher --
THE SIZE OF THE EARTH. Newton and gravity --
Measuring the earth and finding its circumference --
Earth's bulge: our planet is not a sphere --
Tracking Venus --
Weighing earth: gravity and Shiehallion --
Cavendish's calculations --
Finding earth's age: the new science of geology --
The stone-breakers: the Geological Society --
Lyell and tectonic plates --
Finding fossils: mapping Britain's rock layers --
Dating rocks: geological eras --
Tooth & clay: digging up strange bones --
Dinosaur hunters: "terrible lizards" --
Bones and earth's age --
Dalton weighs atoms --
Chemistry: adding to the elements --
The periodic table: Mendeleyev instills some order --
Marie Curie and deadly radiation --
A NEW AGE DAWNS. Einstein's theory of relativity --
Spacetime: time has a shape --
The Hubble space telescope --
Lead and CFCs --
Measuring meteorites --
DANGEROUS PLANET. Trilobites: Pangaea and the fossil record --
Crust crunching: the discovery of tectonic plates --
Where does all the sediment go? --
The fire below: the earth beneath our feet --
Mount S. Helens erupts --
Yellowstone Park: a volcano in waiting --
Measuring earthquakes --
Meteors and the KT extinction --
Asteroid hit: rocky objects heading for us? --
LIFE ITSELF. Our tiny patch: a comfortable place to be --
Earth's blanket: the atmosphere that protects us --
Wild and windy: earth's weather --
Hot-water bottle: the effect of the oceans --
Awash with water: a watery planet --
Down in the deep: living on the ocean floor --
Protein soup: oceans, where life started --
Battling bacteria: the coming of microbes --
The bacteria that feed on us --
Making you ill: infectious organisms --
You and your cells --
Adapt or die --
A runaway success: trilobites and other fossils --
Time to get started: earth's long pre-human history --
Out of the sea: when creatures took to the land --
Where did we come from? From reptiles to mammals --
Comings and goings: the great extinctions --
Labeling life: the classification of plants and animals --
Earth's unknown creatures --
Darwin on the Origin of species --
The quiet monk: Mendel and the study of genes --
One big happy family: inheritance and chromosomes --
Crick, Watson, and DNA --
THE ROAD TO US. Hot and cold: ice sheets and climate --
Living in an ice age --
Discovering early human remains --
Lucy: the most famous australopithecine --
From there to here: the rise of Homo sapiens --
Tool-makers: inventors of the first technology --
Humans take over: extermination and extinction --
What now? A polluted planet --
Goodbye: our planet and us.
Responsibility: Bill Bryson.

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Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home.

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