Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Vastness of the Universe

Bryson's A Short History (A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Paperback - Sept. 14, 2004))
Lately I’ve been pondering the vastness of the universe. I knew it was big, but WOW! When you stop to think about distances measured in light years, it’s more than a little overwhelming. And did you realize that the starlight you see actually left the star centuries ago? That’s right - centuries.

So what spurred all this recent cosmic contemplation? Well, my hubby received A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson for Christmas, which starts out with the birth of the universe. Despite the complexity of the subject, it’s clearly written, very interesting and an extremely enjoyable read. Couple that with a few crisp clear nights visible through the sliding glass door at the head of our bed, and there I am gazing at the stars and thinking a few deep thoughts.

So do yourself a favor and get a copy. Even if you already know most everything there is to know about, well, everything, you will enjoy this book.

Please note: As usual, I’ve included an Amazon affiliate link. Check your local library if you want but this one is well worth owning.


  1. Thanks for the recommendation..Am going to check this one out.. Have been doing quite a bit of pondering myself:-)

  2. You will enjoy this one, Prerna. The further I get into the book, the more impressed I am - it starts out good and just gets better:)