A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

When I graduated high school, I felt smart. When I graduated college, I felt dumb. Today, I feel utterly useless. The more I learn, the more I realize what I don’t know.

This book is a general introduction to generally everything. It is a fascinating read.

If you read A Short History of Nearly Everything you will be completely perplexed. On one hand, you will be amazed at all the discoveries mankind has made in just a few centuries; within just a few decades we went from harnessing reliable energy to putting a man on moon. On the other hand, you will be bewildered by what we do not know; we know what DNA is and what it does, but why? Clueless.

Bryson kept me focused throughout the entire book. There are no fly over chapters or a boring middle section. I was engaged the entire time. He covers the evolution of the universe from the big bang to the rise of life to the presence of humans. I did not expect to like this book as much as I do.

It’s a great read, long but very, very good.