A Short History of Nearly Everything.Readers are probably most familiar with Bryson's exciting travel books. On the return from one of his exotic journeys, it occurred to him that he was relatively uninformed on matters involving matter, geology, physics, and astronomy. He then set out to answer some of the fundamental questions about our planet and its place in the universe. Through interviews with some of the world's leading scientists today and biographical research into historical figures, Bryson compiled a clear, concise tour of the sciences that is intriguing in·trigue
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
2. A clandestine love affair.
v. and fun. He asks and answers questions that a child might ask and most adults don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how to answer. Why, for instance, is the ocean salty salt·y
adj. salt·i·er, salt·i·est
1. Of, containing, or seasoned with salt.
2. Suggestive of the sea or sailing life.
3. Witty; pungent; earthy: salty humor. but the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). not? HOW much does Earth weigh? How old is the universe? By profiling scientists in all their eccentricities, the author provides an unusual perspective on the people who have come up with the answers. Broadway, 2003, 544 p., hardcover, $27.50.