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A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 030788516X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 624
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One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

At Home: Special Illustrated Edition

At Home: Special Illustrated Edition

A Short History of Private Life

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN: 0385537298
  • Category: House & Home
  • Page: 560
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From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home. “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has fig­ured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposi­tion imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

At Home

At Home

A Short History of Private Life

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0552772550
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 700
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What does history really consists of? Centuries of people quietly going about their daily business - sleeping, eating, having sex, endeavouring to get comfortable. And where did all these normal activities take place? At home. This was the thought that inspired Bill Bryson to start a journey around the rooms of his own house, an 1851 Norfolk rectory, to consider how the ordinary things in life came to be. And what he discovered are surprising connections to anything from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, from scurvy to body-snatching,from bedbugs to the Industrial Revolution, and just about everything else that has ever happened, resulting in one of the most entertaining and illuminating books ever written about the history of the way we live.

Politics by Other Means

Politics by Other Means

Science and Religion in the Twenty-First Century

  • Author: William Grassie
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1450038492
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 326
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Politics by Other Means explores profound issues at the interface of contemporary religion and science from a global perspective. Brought together and thematically organized in this volume are twenty-four essays that were originally presented at conferences in China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka. Many of the essays are more journalistic in tone and content, while others adopt a more academic prose style and approach. All are provocative and iconoclastic challenging scientifi c and religious orthodoxies, exploring the great cultural ambivalences at the intersection of the domains of science and religion, and holding out the possibility of a transformative politics for addressing the great challenges of the twenty-fi rst century.

The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American in Britain

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385539290
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 400
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A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy. From the Hardcover edition.

The Body

The Body

A Guide for Occupants

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • ISBN: 0385539312
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 464
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A New York Times Bestseller "Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." —The Washington Post Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

Gray. Anatomía Básica + StudentConsult

Gray. Anatomía Básica + StudentConsult

  • Author: Richard L. Drake,Wayne Vogl,Adam M. W. Mitchell
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • ISBN: 8491132570
  • Category:
  • Page: 640
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Nueva edición de la obra derivada de Drake, Anatomía para estudiantes que ofrece una descripción más concisa de la disciplina, centrándose en la anatomía regional e integrando el contenido clínico, radiológico y de anatomía de superficie en cuadros separados del texto. Se organiza en las mismas secciones que el libro de referencia y en la nueva ed se ha condensado toda la información correspondiente al sistema muscular en formato tablas y se ha incrementado el grado de correlación clínica. El texto está dirigido principalmente a estudiantes del grado de Enfermeria, si bien puede ser utilizado también por estudiantes de Medicina y de otros grados de ciencias de la salud que incluyan la asignatura de anatomía humana en sus planes de estudio. Se han incluido nuevas figuras (destacar la que explica los nervios craneales), así como nuevos cuadros de correlación clínica y radiológica (se ha incluido la OCT) como nuevo método de diagnóstico por imagen. Incluye acceso a SC.com (en inglés) en el que se encuentra disponible un banco de 167 preguntas de autoevaluación con 5 opciones de respuesta y la respuesta correcta con razonamiento, 70 preguntas de enunciado corto y respuesta abierta y a más de 200 casos clínicos completamente desarrollados. En la mayoría de ocasiones los casos clínicos se acompañan de ilustraciones o imágenes de diagnóstico. Otra novedad importante es la inclusión de una herramienta interactiva "Gray's Surface Anatomy" en el que pueden visualizarse variaciones anatómicas normales y procedimientos clínicos.

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

  • Author: Bill Bryson,David Cook
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0552997021
  • Category: Appalachian Trail
  • Page: 349
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The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

Library Journal

Library Journal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Libraries
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0552772542
  • Category: Travel writers
  • Page: 403
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Some say that the first hint that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came when his mother sent him to school in lime-green Capri pants. Others think it all started with his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people's hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman. Bill Bryson's first travel book opened with the immortal line, 'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.' In his deeply funny new memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, and the curious world of 1950s America. It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout. This is a book about growing up in a specific time and place. But in Bryson's hands, it becomes everyone's story, one that will speak volumes - especially to anyone who has ever been young.