A short history of nearly everything / Bill Bryson.

  • 1st ed.
  • London : Doubleday 2003
Physical description
xii, 515 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 0385408188 (hbk.)
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 486-499) and index.
  • adult
  • Lost in the cosmos: How to build a universe; Welcome to the solar system; Reverend Evans's universe -- Size of the earth: Measure of things; Stone-breakers; Science red in tooth and claw; Elemental matters -- New age dawns: Einstein's universe; Mighty atom; Getting the lead out; Muster Mark's quarks; Earth moves -- Dangerous planet: Bang!; Fire below; Dangerous beauty -- Life itself: Lonely planet; Into the troposphere; Bounding main; Rise of life; Small world; Life goes on; Good-bye to all that; Richness of being; Cells; Darwin's singular notion; The stuff of life -- Road to us: Ice time; Mysterious biped; Restless ape; Good-bye.
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • Popular works.
  • text
  • English


  • Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. This book is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

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University of Aberdeen Libraries: Sir Duncan Rice Library: Floor 5 500 Bry
British Library: General Reference Collection, St Pancras Reading Rooms YC.2003.a.11221
Brunel University London Library: Shelves - floor 2 Q162.B78
University of Cambridge Libraries: Cambridge Union Society: Main Library 500 BRY
University of Cambridge Libraries: St John's College: Ground Floor General Interest Non-Fiction BRY.s
University of Cambridge Libraries: Darwin College Library: Main Library 500.2 BRY
University of Cambridge Libraries: Corpus Christi College: Leckhampton S/BRY Leckhampton
University of Cambridge Libraries: Fitzwilliam College Library: Floor 1 YLM 4 Bry
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order in Reading Room C205.c.939
Coventry University: Floor 1 500
Durham University Library: Bill Bryson Library, Level 3 500 BRY
Durham University Library: Contact the Bill Bryson Library 500 BRY
Durham University Library: ISC Library, Queen's Campus 509 BRY 20104300696495 inv. 202127 ahl/qcl 26/6/09
Durham University Library: Contact the Bill Bryson Library 500 BRY
Durham University Library: Remote Store (Contact the Bill Bryson Library) LRL Store 500 BRY ***Pass to Metadata on return*** To add to BBL main sequence. TR 14.05.2021
Imperial College London Library: Central Library: Level 2 500 BRY
King's College London Library: Franklin-Wilkins Information Services Centre Q162 BRY Four week
King's College London Library: Weston Education Centre Q162 BRY Four week
University of Leeds Library: Laidlaw Library, level 1 General Science A-1 BRY
University of Leicester Library: David Wilson Library, Floor 1 Blue Zone 509 BRY
The London Library: London Library S. Science (Gen.)
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Blue Area Floor 2 509
University of Manchester Library: Joule Library: Main Level 500
University of Manchester Library: Main Library: Blue Area Floor 2 509
NHS Wales Libraries: Singleton Hospital Staff Library: 4 week FICTION
National Library of Scotland: General Reading Room, Edinburgh (stored offsite) S3.203.0783
National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru: Contact the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru PRINT 2003MB17239
Newman University: Newman 500 BRY Standard Loan
University of Nottingham Libraries: Central Store 1
University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library M04.E10139
University of Oxford Libraries: St Catherine's College Library Gen 810 BRY
University of Oxford Libraries: Earth Sciences Library: Main Library 7A.61
University of Oxford Libraries: St Cross College Library 509 BR
University of Portsmouth: University Library, First Floor 500 Standard
Queen Margaret University Library: Main Stock 500 BRY
University of Reading Library: University Library: 3rd Floor 500-BRY
Robert Gordon University: Level 9 - Open Shelves 500 BRY
Royal Holloway, University of London: Royal Holloway library Davison General One Week 500 BRY
University of St Andrews Library: Main Library Q162.B88G03
Science Museum Library: Dana Research Centre and Library 5:93 BRYSON
Swansea University Libraries: Singleton Park Library : Main Q162 .B88 2004
Trinity College Dublin Library: Santry Book Repository HL-261-670
Wellcome Library: History of Medicine AB /BRY
Wrexham Glyndwr University: Wrexham 3 week 500 BRY