I've never been a fan of non-fiction books. They just aren't all that fun to read even if its a subject that interests me. This was the very first book that not only interested me, but kept me reading throughout. An extremely ambitious book, Bryson takes the entire history of science on Earth and boils it down to the most interesting accomplishments, discoveries and people. He summarizes even the most complicated science making it easy to understand with helpful explanations and examples. It's almost overwhelming how many new and exciting things you learn in just one chapter alone. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in any area of science. You will not be disappointed!