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Bryson, Bill

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Works: 435 works in 2,081 publications in 6 languages and 79,181 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Popular works  Dictionaries  Anecdotes  Juvenile works  Humor  Guidebooks  Sources  Pictorial works 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Contributor, Narrator, Speaker, Other, Actor
Classifications: Q162, 500
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A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
81 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 6,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book Bill Bryson explores the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer and attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. To that end, Bill Bryson apprenticed himself to a host of the world's most profound scientific minds, living and dead. His challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemistry, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it. How do we know what is in the center of the earth, thousands of miles beneath the surface? How can we know the extent and the composition of the universe, or what a black hole is? How can we know where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through space and time, Bill Bryson encounters a splendid gallery of the most fascinating, eccentric, competitive, and foolish personalities ever to ask a hard question. In their company, he undertakes a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge
At home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson ( Book )
45 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 3,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life
The mother tongue : English & how it got that way by Bill Bryson ( Book )
41 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 3,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a journey through the intricacies, puzzles, and quirks of the English language, tracing the history of English from its earliest origins to the present day
One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson ( Book )
19 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy
Shakespeare : the world as stage by Bill Bryson ( Book )
24 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of supposition arranged around scant facts. With his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, and, emulating the style of his travelogues, records episodes in his own research. He celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's--the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and an unrivaled gift for storytelling.--From publisher description
Made in America : an informal history of the English language in the United States by Bill Bryson ( Book )
23 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 2,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A linguistic history, told through anecdote and humor, of American speech and English word usage in the United States
Bryson's dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A revised and updated edition of a humorous primer to the English language, expanded for an American audience, contains entries on correct and questionable usage, a glossary, and a pronunciation guide
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
24 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author wrote this book so that everyone could understand and appreciate ... the wonder and accomplishments of science at a level that isn't too technical or demanding, but isn't entirely superficial either.-Introd
At home [a short history of private life] by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
12 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life
Bryson's dictionary for writers and editors by Bill Bryson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"...A personal collection, built up over thirty years as a writer and editor in two countries" and "intended as a quick, concise guide to the problems of English spelling and usage." First published in the 1980s, Bryson's compilation has been updated and re-released, and includes definitions, guides to punctuation and grammar, and helpful conversion tables (Celsius to Fahrenheit; kilometers to miles). In short, it's equal parts The Elements of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, Webster's New World Dictionary, and general desktop encyclopedia.--From publisher description
Seeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal Society ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As editor of "Seeing Further," Bryson has rounded up an extraordinary roster of scientists who write and writers who know science in order to celebrate 350 years of the Royal Society, Britain's scientific national academy. The contributors include Margaret Atwood, Steve Jones, Richard Dawkins, James Gleick, Richard Holmes, and Neal Stephenson, among many others, on subjects ranging from metaphysics to nuclear physics, from the threatened endtimes of flu and climate change to our evolving ideas about the nature of time itself, from the hidden mathematics that rule the universe to the cosmological principle that guides "Star Trek."
A really short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Book )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Short, illustrated segments explore the history of science. Examines the "how" and the the "who" of scientific discovery. Explores the mysteries of time and space, and how, against all odds, life came to be on the wonderous planet we call home
One summer America, 1927 by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country; a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge)
The Facts on File dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A guide to the proper meaning and usage of troublesome words in the English language
Mother tongue : the English language by Bill Bryson ( Book )
31 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Packed with fascinating facts on the English language, Mother Tongue is an entertaining and didactic investigation of the influence and distribution of the language worldwide and its origins as a second-rate tongue spoken by peasants
Shakespeare the world as stage by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scant facts about the Bard's personal life make for fertile ground in imagining the Shakespeare of Elizabethan England. Bill Bryson manages to weave together a witty, albeit brief, narrative that explores topics from the accuracy of the few extant pictures to whether Shakespeare actually wrote all that has been attributed to him
The Penguin dictionary of troublesome words by Bill Bryson ( Book )
42 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and German and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Should you ever split an infinitive? What's the difference between aiding and abetting? The English language is a minefield of difficulty. In this new edition of his book, Bill Bryson discusses the problems and offers advice on usage
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bill Bryson shares with readers his quest to try and gain a greater understanding of science's most mindboggling questions and theories, including the Big Bang theory. His sometimes humorous account of his travels creates one entertaining scientific tale
World's best travel experiences : 400 extraordinary places ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Features some of the world's most transformative locales, from Norway's western fjords and Cambodia's Angkor Wat to Kyoto's Moss Garden and the urban surprises of Denver, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver
A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson ( Recording )
14 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bill Bryson and his hiking partner risk snake bites, bear attacks and more while walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail
 
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Alternative Names
Bill Bryson
Braisons, Bils, 1951-
Bryson, Bill
Bryson, Bill, 1951-
Bryson, William
Bryson, William, 1951-
Bryson, William McGuire, 1951-
MacGuire Bryson, William, 1951-
McGuire Bryson, William, 1951-
ברייסון, ביל. גינצבורג־הירש, עדי
ブライソン, ビル
Languages
English (1,116)
German (1)
French (1)
Chinese (1)
Danish (1)
Croatian (1)
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