A Short History of Nearly Everything Setting & Symbolism

Bill Bryson
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The Universe

The universe was created in a single eruption from a singularity much smaller than an atom. In "less time than it takes to make a sandwich," the current expanding Universe and most of the elements in it were created.

The Earth

Life on Earth may be due to the planet's molten core, which spews energy into the atmosphere and distributes heavier elements.

Atoms

All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are eternal; when a person dies, their atoms are released into the ecosphere through decomposition and used to form other organisms. Each person alive today probably contains atoms from Shakespeare, Beethoven and other historical figures.

Paired Electrons

Swiss scientists proved the validity of quantum physics by isolating paired electrons seven miles apart. When they caused one electron to spin, the other spontaneously spun in the opposite direction.

Stellar's Sea Cow

Stellar's sea cow is a...

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