This new edition of the acclaimed bestseller is lavishly illustrated to convey, in pictures as in words, the exciting, informative journey of Bill Bryson into the world of science. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, A Walk in the Woods and The Body's bestselling author, confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, to answer—the oldest, greatest questions we have posed abo. Taking everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization as his territory, Bryson seeks to understand how we came from being nothing to being us. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can make it. Science has never been more engaging or entertaining, albeit richly illustrated, eloquently and entertainingly described.