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Covers the mysteries of time and space, the obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the theories, the accidental discoveries which advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the fact that the universe exists and life came to be on this planet.
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He succeeded Sir Peter Ustinov as Chancellor of the University of Durham in April 2005. His bestsellers include The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything which won the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2004.
Winner of Society of Authors Educational Writers' Award 2010.