“A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly EverythingHilarious and informative at the same time, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson gives a good overview of science and its history, mentioning people who delivered change to our perception of the world while telling us something about their personality and quirks, giving it a more personal touch on subjects that people usually find dry and uninteresting.

Although slightly out of date since it was first published 13 years ago, the book is still relevant and still as funny, making sure that, if there ever is an updated edition, I will make sure to read it again. It also served as a nice reminder of all the things that my high school education covered.

One thing that made a big impression on me was the reoccurring note of how many things we still actually don’t know and might never find out. The author also warns us of the dangers of human behaviour and its direct consequences on nature, like how we have already fished several species of fish out of extinction, and giving us some room for thought about our individual actions.

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