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William „Bill“ McGuire Bryson, OBE, ist ein US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller. Berühmt wurde er vor allem durch seine ebenso informativen wie humorvollen Reiseberichte aus Europa, den Vereinigten Staaten und Australien. William „Bill“ McGuire Bryson, OBE, (* 8. Dezember in Des Moines, Iowa) ist ein US-amerikanischer Journalist und Schriftsteller. Berühmt wurde er vor. In seinem neuen Buch erzählt Weltbestsellerautor Bill Bryson die grandiose Geschichte des menschlichen Körpers, von der Haarwurzel bis zu den Zehen. Das. von Bill Bryson, Rufus Beck, et al. 4,3 von 5 Sternen Bill Bryson wurde in Des Moines, Iowa, geboren. zog er nach Großbritannien und schrieb dort mehrere Jahre u. a. für die Times und den Independent.

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Just two examples of how remarkable and resilient the human body can be though Mary, in my opinion, was mostly an example of being sick of mind.

There are others, of course, such as people being trapped in frozen lakes or extremely cold weather, who are afterwards successfully slowly warmed up and who survived babies even.

The book is full of other fascinating facts as well. Many of us know, for example, that damages to our frontal lobes result in personality changes, which was the reason lobotomy became popular at one point in human history Rosemary Kennedy was lobotomized because her father considered her too willful, something Bryson mentions in this book, too.

Did you also know that it's times more likely that a teenager is in an accident if said teenager is accompanied by another teenager?! And this isn't just limited to car accidents.

Or did you know that we always say "our 5 senses" but that there are many more? Like the sense that tells us if we're lying down or standing upright even when our eyes are closed?

It's called proprioception our sense of where we are in relation to the space around us. Or did you know how many things we still cannot explain?

One such thing are emotional responses like crying when sad - it has no physiological benefit AND is the same response as for joy so why are we doing it?

Science, it's history, trials and errors but also impressive feats from hundreds of years ago, groundbreaking discoveries the most well-known example being penicillin , modern appliances and procedures but also problems that will become more dangerous in the near future I was delighted how Bryson presented it all comprehensibly and explained it in a way every layman can understand, often giving examples from every-day occurrences, always showing just how much he is fascinated by the subject s himself.

A wonderful look at an important and thrilling subject us by a seriously talented author - just don't be prissy about digestion or our insides.

View all 11 comments. Nov 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: shelf , non-fiction. For all of you other cyborgs and pure artificial intelligences out there, I should mention that this is a rather interesting primer on regular meat-sacks.

It even has the distinction of not being science fiction at all. But as the title suggests, outright occupancy usually comes with a rental charge.

The bill always comes due. I've read a few Brysons before This one, from a regular knowledge-gathering stand, comes in as a tight For all of you other cyborgs and pure artificial intelligences out there, I should mention that this is a rather interesting primer on regular meat-sacks.

This one, from a regular knowledge-gathering stand, comes in as a tight second. The travelogues are fun and often funny, but Short History is pretty comprehensive and rather more funny.

This one, however, was not very funny at all. That's okay. Very little about our bodies, aside from sex and farts, is funny. Pretty cool, in fact.

Do I recommend reading this? Everyone ought to have a primer on themselves. The benefit here is much more than meets the eye, though.

So many new discoveries and outright debunking of myths have made it in this text. Recent ones, too. You know that leaky faucet and the clog in the pipes?

We really need to talk to the landlord. View all 5 comments. Feb 25, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , nutrition , biology.

Bryson is a wonderful travel guide, and this time around he takes us through an enjoyable tour of the human body. The book is surprisingly detailed, for a popular-science book.

Bryson exhibits his usual knack for the extraordinary and unusual, but despite veering close to it at times, he avoids the pitfall of making this book just a tour of the oddities of the human body.

Bryson takes just enough such detours to keep us amused, but just like a good tour guide ensures that we are adequately educa Bryson is a wonderful travel guide, and this time around he takes us through an enjoyable tour of the human body.

Bryson takes just enough such detours to keep us amused, but just like a good tour guide ensures that we are adequately educated as well. The best thing about Bryson, as best exhibited in A Short History of Nearly Everything, is his knack to make everything he touches so memorable.

I am sure if a quiz was added after each chapter, most of his readers would fare very well in them. Did you know it takes more time for food to move through a woman's digestive system, than a man's?

Who would've thought to include that in an anatomy book? However, is this the best book to pick up if you are interested in reading about the Human Body?

It might be the most fun book, but I am sure even Bryson would recommend Daniel Lieberman's The Story of the Human Body over his own book if you could read just one anatomy book.

After all, he refers to Lieberman so often that it sometimes feels like this whole book is nothing but a detailed review of Lieberman's magnum opus.

If you can spare the time for two, by all means, get both. Towards the end, Bryson comes to the real point of why we are reading the book - how to keep ourselves healthy.

He takes us through a tour of nutrition science, exercise science and even of mortality. In the end, Bryson leaves us with the message that it is not that difficult to live a good life - you just have to take good care of your most precious resource - your Body.

A truly amazing compendium on the human body aka "a warm wobble of flesh! Occasionally I wanted to fast forward to avoid the details, but mainly I was truly engaged, appalled or enthralled!

The ship's pharmacist assistant was ordered to operate without any knowledge or equipment, as he as was the senior medical personnel on board.

This is a little min A truly amazing compendium on the human body aka "a warm wobble of flesh!

This is a little mind-boggling to me, as I would expect that there would be a trained medical doctor on board at the very least.

Anyway, the pharmacist assistant successfully anesthetized the patient by guessing at the quantity of anesthesia to administer.

Then, he successfully performed the appendectomy "wearing a tea strainer lined with gauze as a surgery mask and guided by little more than a first aid manual.

Surprising fact, which had somehow passed me by: women in labor today have the same pain relief options as their great grandmothers. Conclusions: 1.

We could avoid a lot of diseases by living more sensibly. We have been successful in extending life, but not in improving the quality of life.

Bill Bryson's matter of factness and humor make for a perfect listening experience during this stay-at-home time.

Dec 22, Paul rated it liked it Shelves: medicine. It is based at the university where I work for one day a week and it meets a lunch time, once every two months.

Bryson employs his usual wry and laconic style and applies it to the human body. Bryson does cover the histo 3. Bryson does cover the history and development of medicines, surgery and approaches to the body.

He also uncovers some of the lesser known pioneers of medicine, those history has forgotten. Bryson tells their stories and uncovers their foibles in an entertaining way.

The book is full of facts, it must be a dream for someone who goes to quizzes a lot, although there are some interesting ones as well.

Bryson estimates that austerity in Britain has led to about preventable deaths. He attributes the fact that Americans die at a younger age the Europeans to lifestyle.

Bryson also takes a more global perspective and looks at the battle with infectious diseases and our overuse of antibiotics which has led to antibiotic resistant bugs.

Bryson takes a look at the opioid crisis and at some of the medical techniques that did not stand the test of time; lobotomy for example. There are lots of interesting facts, many obscure diseases, lesser known medical operatives and trillions of cells.

It is informative and Bryson is, as ever, a great raconteur. However I was left asking WHY? Oct 12, Karen R rated it it was amazing. A big takeaway is that although there have been great strides in what we know about science and medicine, he makes it clear just how much is still unknown about how and why things work.

This book would be perfect to serve as a primer for a high school health and wellness course. View 1 comment. Jan 07, Roy Lotz rated it it was amazing Shelves: highly-recommended-favorites , medicine-and-disease , history-of-science.

This book was given to me as a Christmas present, and it was a great gift. As a fan of Bryson, I was surprised that I had not even heard of his new work of popular science.

I am glad that it came to my attention, then, since this was my favorite Bryson book since A Short History of Nearly Everything. Structured as a tour of the human body, the book made me feel right at home.

At its worst, this can make for some superficial books—a meandering array of factoids with little structure—which in my experience plagues his history writing.

But science seems to bring out the best in Bryson. Here, the writing is disciplined and controlled. He clearly did a great deal of research and organized his facts with care.

And Bryson has a rare talent for research. You would think that, in our media-saturated age, most of the great stories and characters from history would be known.

But somehow Bryson is always able to uncover an unsung hero with an eccentric personality. The history of science seems particularly rich in this.

Bryson not only unearths unsung heroes, but surprising information. Bryson is a fun fact factory. There were so many things about the body—about digestion, sleep cycles, anatomy, disease—that I did not know, and so many things that surprised me.

For example, I learned that our eyes do not only have rods and cones, but photoreceptive ganglion cells; these do not contribute to vision in any way, but tell us when it is light or dark.

This is why some blind people instinctually know if it is day or night, or even if the light is on or off. His jokes, comments, and asides can be distracting in other contexts; but when reporting potentially dry scientific information, the humor helps.

Indeed, this book gave me a bit of death anxiety, since Bryson dwells on all of the things that can go seriously wrong and how little we know about the why.

The scariest thing, for me, was the section on antibiotics. The rate at which bacteria adapt to antibiotics is far outpacing the rate at which we are discovering new medicines.

And our flagrant overuse of antibiotics is certainly not helping. If we do not somehow reverse this trend, we can have a real crisis in the near future.

If the book has any takeaway, it is that lifestyle is important. Exercises is tremendously beneficial; and inactivity is likewise lethal.

A good diet makes a big difference, too, as does avoiding obviously harmful activities like smoking and excessive drinking. Our bad habits in the United States are partially why we lag behind other developed nations in life expectancy.

As Bryson also points out, our health system is not particularly good, either, despite the enormous costs involved several times the prices in other countries.

Indeed, the American health system is not only lagging behind other countries, but is actively creating problems.

The most obvious example of this is the opioid epidemic, which is largely caused by overprescribing pain medication. And the reason that these medications are only overprescribed in America, it seems, is the unsavory relationship between doctors and drug companies.

As you can see, there is a great deal of interest in these pages—from the history of science, to the development of modern medicine, to the science of anatomy and physiology—none of it dense, dull, or otherwise difficult, but rather witty, charming, and altogether fun to read.

I recommend it. Now, I read a LOT of medical memoirs and popular science. That never happens here. Without ever being superficial or patronizing his readers, the author gives a comprehensive introduction to every organ and body system, moving briskly between engaging anecdotes from medical history and encapsulated research on everything from gut microbes to cancer treatment.

Bryson delights in our physical oddities, and his sense of wonder is infectious. How astounding that a man hiccupped for 67 years straight!

But, sadly, so long as a disease affects only a small number of people it is unlikely to get much research attention. For 90 per cent of rare diseases there are no effective treatments at all.

That it can cure a cold is an urban myth. Immediately, I crossed it off the list and ate an orange instead. But is that just my imagination?

A neat thing to know about cold weather; it makes total sense, but had never occurred to me. In the case of your nose, warm air from your lungs meets cold air coming into the nostrils and condenses, resulting in a drip.

Evolution is an accidental process, after all. Everything else is just plumbing and scaffolding. Bill Bryson, as usual, manages to make a difficult and complex topic completely accessible and enjoyable in The Body.

Taking the reader on journey from the brain my favourite chapter , endocrine system down to the lungs and beyond, every chapter is full of interesting facts that will entertain as well as inform.

Bryson just seems to have this ability in his writing to make the reader feel as though they're chatting with a friend about a subject that he's so clearly passionate about.

It manages t Bill Bryson, as usual, manages to make a difficult and complex topic completely accessible and enjoyable in The Body.

It manages to invoke an excitment in the reader that is not easily achieved in lesser authors, who could make the subject too dry.

I will say that I wasn't as interested in some chapets as I was in others homeostasis and equilibrium come to mind but this never stopped me from reading this fast paced, easy read.

I'd recommend this to anyone wanting a general overview into the weird and wonderful world of the human body. Jan 12, Candie rated it it was amazing.

I really enjoyed this book; it is very entertaining. There are so many interesting facts about every single part of the body in here.

There are just enough stories and humor added in that it makes the book very readable; it never seems like it is too technical or dry, but keep in mind that it is still a book about body facts.

It was very fascinating to learn just how much we don't know about the body and how or why it does what it does. I also found that there were quite a few things that I thou I really enjoyed this book; it is very entertaining.

Bill Bryson sets off to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself.

Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

It will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us.

Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science.

The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

On a damp weeknight in November, years ago, a dozen or so men gathered at Gresham College in London. A twenty-eight year old — and not widely famous — Christopher Wren was giving a lecture on astronomy.

As his audience listened to him speak, they decided that it would be a good idea to create a Society to promote the accumulation of useful knowledge.

With that, the Royal Society was born. Since its birth, the Royal Society has pioneered scientific exploration and discovery.

A milestone in mathematical history, it only exists because the Royal Society decided to preserve it — just in case.

The Royal Society continues to do today what it set out to do all those years ago. Its members have split the atom, discovered the double helix, the electron, the computer and the World Wide Web.

Truly international in its outlook, it has created modern science. In the company of his friend Stephen Katz last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There , Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world.

Ahead lay almost 2, miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.

Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations.

He even goes to Liechtenstein. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country.

Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.

And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas. Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Although able to apply for British citizenship , Bryson said in that he had declined a citizenship test, declaring himself "too cowardly" to take it.

His citizenship ceremony took place in Winchester and he now holds dual citizenship. While living in the US in the s Bryson wrote a column for a British newspaper for several years, reflecting on humorous aspects of his repatriation in the United States.

In the film adaptation of A Walk in the Woods , Bryson is portrayed by Academy Award winner Robert Redford and Katz is portrayed by Nick Nolte Bryson is portrayed as being much older than he was at the time of his actual walk.

In , in conjunction with World Book Day , British voters chose Bryson's book Notes from a Small Island as that which best sums up British identity and the state of the nation.

His popular science book, A Short History of Nearly Everything is pages long and explores not only the histories and current statuses of the sciences, but also reveals their humble and often humorous beginnings.

Although one "top scientist" is alleged to have jokingly described the book as "annoyingly free of mistakes", [19] Bryson himself makes no such claim and a list of some reported errors in the book is available online.

In November , Bryson interviewed the then British prime minister, Tony Blair , on the state of science and education. Bryson has also written two popular works on the history of the English language— The Mother Tongue and Made in America —and, more recently, an update of his guide to usage, Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words published in its first edition as The Penguin Dictionary of Troublesome Words in In Bryson sued his agent, Jed Mattes Inc.

In Bryson claimed copyright on an interview he had given nearly 20 years previously, after the interviewer republished it as an word e-book.

In Bryson was appointed chancellor of Durham University , [19] succeeding the late Sir Peter Ustinov , and became more active with student activities than is common for holders of that post, even appearing in a Durham student film and promoting litter picks in the city.

In October , it was announced that Bryson would step down at the end of Bryson has received numerous awards for his ability to communicate science with passion and enthusiasm.

In , he received the Kenneth B. After he received British citizenship his OBE was made substantive. Bill Bryson is a popular author who is driven by a deep curiosity for the world we live in.

Bill's books and lectures demonstrate an abiding love for science and an appreciation for its social importance. His international bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything , is widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science and has since been adapted for children.

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