Bill Bryson’s, A Short History of Nearly Everything, is not an art book per say but deals with the history of us. The culmination of infinitesimal possibilities and fortuitous opportunities that has allowed us to come to being is truly astounding. Bryson takes us on a profound journey throughout the epochs of human history. In his search for definitive answers, he is challenged with uncertainty and the inconceivable complexity of life. Yet amongst that ambiguity, there are moments of creative brilliance throughout history that pushed us forward into new horizons. We continue to push the boundaries of science, searching the cosmos for other forms of life and dissecting atoms to determine what we are truly made of. On the other hand, we destroy our natural ecosystems at an alarming rate, precipitate extinctions, pollute our planet, and kill beast and brethren alike. Bryson toes the line of this dichotomy of human nature, leaving you awestruck at our own ingenuity, yet wondering if that will be enough.
A WHIRLWIND TOUR OF HUMAN EXISTENCE WITH BILL BRYSON’S, A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING
September 22, 2018