A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

A splendid book about the history of science. Comprehensive but not in depth, this thrilling piece tells the tale of the human history of science from the beginning right up until the “now” – but not in traditional textbook style. Bill Bryson weaves a picture of a living world, where scientists are faulty, flawed human beings with their own ambitions and rivalries – where even the most genius of men can sometimes, and often, be wrong.