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Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson was well known as a travel writer before his curiosity about why and how we know what we know led to him writing A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson came to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.
Bill Bryson: On A Short History of Nearly Everything
26 minutes
The writer of “A Short History of Nearly Everything” talks with Paul Willis. Bill Bryson was well known as a travel writer before his curiosity about why and how we know what we know led to him writing A Short History of Nearly Everything. This best-selling book is a lay person’s guide the investigation of space, time, evolution, genetics and all the other big stuff that has so transformed our understanding of the world. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?
Bill Bryson: On Personal Stories and Developing as a Writer At The Cambridge Union
73 minutes
The UK's biggest selling non-fiction author since records began, Bill Bryson's notoriously inquisitive mind has spawned a string of bestsellers covering topics from travel to the English language, Shakespeare to science. his most popular works include 'Down under', a tale of his exploits in Australia, 'The Lost Continent', exploring small-town America in his mother's Chevy, and the Aventis Prize-winning 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'. In this talk he gets into a few personal stories, a short reading and lots of Q&A