Monday, February 2, 2009

Books: A short history of nearly everything

A must read for everyone who is at least a little bit curious about how the world works. This book is definitely one of my favorite books of all time! If I read this book in high school or even when I was in the university, I am sure, I would have been a better student. Bill Bryson narrates the short history of nearly everything with lots of humor and pizazz that even something so boring or incomprehensible (depending on your point of view) as Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity become something of interest and wonder (I actually read more about it later, giving me a huge headache).

What I really like about "The Short History of Nearly Everything" is its portrayal of major science protagonists as normal humans beings who were not above failures and petty fighting. This is very much unlike what most science books lead us to believe. I've always felt that scientists are robots (even when I grew up to be almost one) who did nothing but invent and experiment. After reading this book, I learned that most major scientific discoveries are accompanied by years of hard work, endless sacrifice and oftentimes even ridicule.

I read "The Short History of Nearly Everything" twice already and I intend to read it again in a few months. Each time I pick it up, I learn something new. There are two great lessons this book taught me: 1) EVERYTHING is interesting, and 2) with a good idea plus luck and perseverance(either one or the other but better both), we can achieve our goals (but always with a good idea).

I assure you, after reading this book, you will not look at anything the same way again.

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The Beancounter said...

Hello there Cathy... i've got a copy of this book as well and i enjoyed reading it immensely...

Thanks for dropping by my page!