By Bill Bryson
One of the world’s such a lot cherished writers and bestselling writer of One Summer takes his final journey—into the main fascinating and intractable questions that technological know-how seeks to answer.
In A stroll within the Woods, invoice Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, so much of it. In A Sunburned Country, he faced one of the most deadly natural world Australia has to provide. Now, in his greatest publication, he confronts his maximum problem: to understand—and, if attainable, answer—the oldest, greatest questions we've posed concerning the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory every little thing from the massive Bang to the increase of civilization, Bryson seeks to appreciate how we bought from there being not anything in any respect to there being us. as a consequence, he has connected himself to a number of the world’s such a lot complicated (and frequently obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, traveling to their places of work, laboratories, and box camps. He has learn (or attempted to learn) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their strong minds. A brief background of approximately every thing is the list of this quest, and it's a occasionally profound, occasionally humorous, and continually supremely transparent and exciting experience within the geographical regions of human wisdom, as in basic terms invoice Bryson can render it. technological know-how hasn't ever been extra regarding or enjoyable.