This is an attempt by the writer to explain how we and our world came to be and a light-hearted look at how we make the discoveries that we have. Some were just luck,while some were made by highly intelligent minds.

Michio Kaku on gravity: ” In some sense, gravity does not exist; what moves the planets and stars is the distortion of space and time”.

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Did Tesla have a better way with electricity than Edison? How to you measure the distance of the Big Bang?

Why is this on our bookshelf?

I have read Bill Bryson’s other works and found them to be entertaining and thoughtful. Why not add his work on science? The humor that is used to employ learning is not always apparent until after you read a chapter or two. You are always in a learning mode when reading this book. Either to enforce what you already know or dispelling fiction,it is a good read.

Rating (3 stars)

I give this book a 3.5 rating. You cannot write about everything in a 527 page book…..but he comes close. One issue that I had with the book is that subjects were not given equal time. Electricity was given a lot of writing space, but others were not, like evolution.