When examining the first two sections on Lost in the Cosmos and The Size of the Earth, there is the ability to see how they approach the author takes makes the topic easier to understand.The main concept that Bryson presents in A Short History of Nearly Everything is to show how the universe was created from a scientific point of view. He first begins this by examining the formation of the universe and how it began to form, specifically through the Big Bang and the creation of the solar systems and planets. However, the thesis moves beyond showing the basic facts of science and creation and moves into a demonstration that is easy to understand. The author specifically creates a tone that is friendly to read and that diminishes the complications of science while showing the same concepts. The personal association of this comes from Bryson’s acknowledgement that the creation of the earth and universe is often dismissed in schools or is taught on such a complex level that it is difficult to perceive. He shows this argument by referring to science writers and subjects in school by stating All mine were written by men (it was always men) who held the interesting notion that everything became clear when expressed as a formula and the amusingly deluded belief that the children of America would appreciate having chapters end with a section of questions they could mull over in their own time. So I grew up convinced that science was supremely dull (Bryson, 2003).This beginning statement shows that the thesis is not only to present the discovery of the universe but also to take out the basic facts and instead create a dialogue that simplifies the creation of the universe and the scientific basis that is taught in schools.To further the main thesis of Bryson, there is a direct association with arguing the main points to make it readable. The tone that Bryson begins with is able to instantly grab the attention of the reader and make the discovery of how the universe was built more appealing.
Reaching Students and Their Needs for Learning in an Alternative Manner by a Short History of Nearly Everything