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Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles by Bill Bryson, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Readers’ questions about Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles. 11 questions answered. About Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles. by Bill Bryson. Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles by Bill Bryson Bill Bryson remarked that Midgley possessed “an instinct for the regrettable that was almost uncanny”.

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Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Greta ‘s review Dec 10, A short history of nearly everything This is a remarkable accomplishment. From the author, of course, but also from me, to have read it. I’m not a scientist, so when I started reading this book, I expected that I would skip some parts.

But I didn’t ; I read every single page of this highly readable and enjoyable book. I won’t bother you with all the scientific stuff I learned. Instead, I compiled a top 5 list of the frightful fates of some scientists. Max Planck was a German theoretical physicist whose work on quantum theory won him the Nobel Prize in physics in Max Planck had to deal with many tragedies in his life.

His beloved first wife, Marie, died at a young age inprobably from TBC. They had four children with his second wife Magda he had a fifth child Hermann. During the first world war, his son Erwin was taken prisoner by the French inwhile his other son Karl was killed in action at Verdun. His daughter Grete died in while giving birth to her first child, and two years later her twin sister Emma died the same way, after having married Grete’s widower.

In February his home in Berlin was completely destroyed by an air raid, annihilating all his scientific records and correspondence. InErwin was sentenced to death by the Nazi Volksgerichtshof and executed, because of his participation in the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in july His death destroyed much of Max Planck’s will to live.

Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles (Dutch Edition), Bill Bryson, Servaas Goddijn –

Doctor Thomas Midgley Jr. He was a key figure in a team of chemists that developed the lead additive to gasoline TEL as well as some of the first CFCs. His work led to the release of large quantities of lead into the atmosphere as a result of the large-scale combustion of leaded gasoline all over the world. Bill Bryson remarked that Midgley possessed “an instinct for the regrettable that was almost uncanny”.

Inat the age of 51, Midgley contracted poliomyelitis, which left him severely disabled. This led him to devise an elaborate system of strings and pulleys to help others lift him from bed. This system was the eventual cause of his own death when he was entangled in the ropes of this device and died of strangulation at the age of Gideon Mantell — was an English obstetrician, geologist and paleontologist. He and his wife discovered several large teeth of an Iguanodon inbut they were dismissed as belonging to a fish or mammal or rhinoceros, by other scientist.


Mantell was mocked by his peers, and especially sir Richard Owen the coiner of the word “dinosaur” made his life a hell. Mantell became financially destitute and his wife left him in His son emigrated to New Zealand that same year, and his daughter died in In Mantell was the victim of a terrible carriage accident in London.

Somehow he fell from his seat, became entangled in the reins and was dragged across the ground. Mantell suffered a debilitating spinal injury. He became bent, crippled and in constant pain. Richard Owen took advantage from this and tried to ruin Mantell’s reputation as an important contributor to the science of paleontology.

In fact, Owen even transferred claim of a number of discoveries from Mantell to himself. He died that afternoon. Then, as a final act of indignity, Owen had a section of Mantell’s spine removed and displayed his pickled spine in a jar in his museum.

Alfred Wegener was a German polar reseacher, geophysicist and meteorologist. Today he is most remembered as the originator of the theory of continental drift by hypothesizing in that the continents are slowly drifting around the Earth. Wegener’s fourth and last Greenland expedition was in The 14 participants under his leadership were to establish three permanent stations from which the thickness of the Greenland ice sheet could be measured and year-round Arctic weather observations made.

Success depended on enough provisions being transferred from West camp to Eismitte “mid-ice” for two men to winter there, and this was a factor in the decision that led to his death. On 24 September, although the route markers were by now largely buried under snow, Wegener set out with thirteen Greenlanders and his meteorologist Fritz Loewe to supply the camp by dog sled. Twelve of the Greenlanders returned to West camp.

On 19 October the remaining three members of the expedition reached Eismitte. There being only enough supplies for three at Eismitte, Wegener and Rasmus Villumsen took two dog sleds and made for West camp. They took no food for the dogs and killed them one by one to feed the rest until they could run only one sled. While Villumsen rode the sled, Wegener had to use skis, but they never reached the camp: Wegener died and Villumsen was never seen again. Wegener died probably of a heart attack Bill Bryson wrote he froze to death.

: Bill Bryson – Quantum Physics / Physics: Books

Villumsen then resumed his journey, but did not complete it. His body was never found. Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer who is known for playing a vital role in the development of extragalactic astronomy. What became of Edwin Hubble after his death at his home on the 28th of Septemberis a mystery. The whereabouts of his body were known only to his widow. It is not known whether he was buried or cremated or where his remains now lie. This secret his widow took to her own grave. His wife who adored him, devoted years of her life to writing an almost mythical account of her husband’s life, much of which is evidently false.


Sign geschiddenis Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles. Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 12, Thanks for reading my jleine.

Mar 08, A unique take on Bryson’s book – a true reader’s report. You summarise the stories succinctly and clearly, and spur interest in the book itself.

Thank you so much Coenraad. The book was bijjna delight to read. Mar 09, I don’t, however, remember any of this! A review as interesting as the book! Mar 10, I’m glad you enjoyed it. These life-stories were all in the book, but not literally, because I read the Dutch version and googled for more details.

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Mar 13, Bill Bryson can find the most interesting of the lesser known historical, scientific or natural facts and is like a naughty child when he crushes what is a popular historical “fact”. That’s what makes his book a delight to read for everyone, and not only for scientists.

Thank you for reading my review, Calzean. Aug 23, Aug 24, Glad you enjoyed it also not the best word: Thank you very much, Samra. This is quite a remarkable critique. It is not easy to produced a condensed version of a story. You have done it five times here.

I love reviews that tell me clearly what to expect from a book. Your kind, encouraging words mean more to me than the quality of my review Czarny.

Obviously, and luckily, there’s more scientific information in the book than the tragic lives of scientists. But the book was never boring, contrary to what one would expect from a book on science. Search for a book to add a reference.

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