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Bill Bryson initially wrote A Short History of Nearly Everything to provide a science-based book that was both accurate and engaging. The initial reception was positive, with scientists and public educators alike praising the book's treatment of science and Bryson's approachable writing style. Today the book is often used in science classes and continues to be popular with the public because of Bryson's illustrative writing style and the continued relevance of the subject.
Bill Bryson describes the history of Earth using a combination of first-person narration and third-person omniscient voice.
The title A Short History of Nearly Everything is a humorous acknowledgment that the book's topic—the history of Earth—is impossible to cover completely, although the author has tried to do just that.
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