Natural Science 100---Physics 180B
Tony DiMauro
     From primordial nothingness to this very moment, A Short History of Nearly Everything reports what happened and how humans figured it out. To accomplish this daunting literary task, Bill Bryson uses hundreds of sources, from popular science books to interviews with luminaries in various fields. His aim is to help people like him, who rejected stale school textbooks and dry explanations, to appreciate how we have used science to understand the smallest particles and the unimaginably vast expanses of space. With his distinctive prose style and wit, Bryson succeeds admirably. Each longish chapter is devoted to a topic like the age of our planet or how cells work, and these chapters are grouped into larger sections such as "The Size of the Earth" and "Life Itself." Bryson chats with experts like Richard Fortey (author of Life and Trilobite ) and these interviews are charming. But it's when Bryson dives into some of science's best and most embarrassing fights-- Cope vs. Marsh ,Conway Morris vs. Gould --that he finds literary gold. --Therese Littleton

Only the first two chapters will be scanned
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:51 PM

Introduction [1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7,]

Black Hole Hypothesis

A Black Hole is created in the Universe when a large star gravitationally collapses onto itself after having fused all of it’s nuclear fuel. According to theory, the star must have a mass ten times greater than our own Sun for this to happen. If, astronomers discover a Black Hole with a mass as small as a planet revolving around a star, they can assume that an Intelligent Civilization had the ability to create a Black Hole and that it got away from them, somehow! Maybe, we should look for just such a scenario.

Chapter 1 [8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19]

Chapter 2 [20-21, 22-23, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29]