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Random House, Inc. Academic Dept. 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 WEBSITE: www.randomhouse.com/highschool QUERIES: [email protected] R A N D O M H O U S E , I N C . T E A C H E R ’ S G U I D E A Short History of Nearly Everything Written by Bill Bryson A Short History of Nearly Everything Broadway | Trade Paperback | 978-0-7679-0818-4 | 560 pp | $16.95 READING LEVEL: 9 TH Grade “This wonderful book is highly recommended as an inspiration to budding scientists and those who spend moments wondering about the world around them. Essential.” —Choice (American Library Association) about this book In his introduction, Bill Bryson states “This is a book about how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something.” A Short History of Nearly Everything is a book about how science works, and how scientists know what they know. He includes many stories and examples of science (and scientists) in action. What are some of the answers to the Big Questions? How old is the universe? How big is the Earth? What is life? How did life begin? How did humans develop? As is so often the case in science, the answer is: “No one really knows.” It is also a book about “What we don’t know and why don’t we know it.” The book is filled with such interesting statements as: “How can scientists so often seem to know nearly everything but then still can’t tell us whether we should take an umbrella with us to the races next Wednesday?” It is a fascinating trip through the history of science, and would be a great supplement to your textbook. WINNER, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine WINNER, 2004 Aventis General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adult readers.
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about the guide writer about the author random house, inc. teacher’s guide 2 BILL BRYSON is a bestselling author of several humorous travel books. He received the Aventis Prize for Science writing in 2004 and the Descartes Prize for science communication in 2005 for A Short History of Nearly Everything. note to teachers about the guide This guide is an attempt to make this book a useful addition to your science curriculum in several courses. You will probably not use the entire book in any one class, but sections can be used for many different science classes. I have tried to identify the chapters that would be of interest to each subject. Obviously, many chapters overlap and are of interest to several disciplines. The book is probably most appropriate for high school and college students. In the guide, I have tried to list some of the Big Questions Bryson asks (and sometimes answers) in the book. Be warned: If you use this book in your class, you as a teacher will have to be willing to say “I don’t know” in answer to students’ questions. Very often the answer to the questions listed in the guide is “ No one knows.” National Science Standards currently emphasize teaching Science as Inquiry. The book is especially good at describing
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