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Bryson craves more physics knowledge

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Bill Bryson Credit: Guardian

By James Dacey

If loveable American wordsmith, and author of the multi-million selling popular science book A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, could be magically endowed with knowledge of just one of the sciences – which would he choose?

Yep you guessed correct – it’s physics.

That is what he told a bar full of fans on the final night here at the British Science festival in Guilford.

Still sporting substantial beard, Bill said that he has no plans of a sequel to his synoptic overview of science, but he would “love” to write about more specific areas of science – for example, “the human body”.

So, a call to fellow Bryson fans. I urge you to encourage the man – be it fan mail, public lecture, or chance encounter – to turn his pen to physics. Or better still, come up with a scheme to magically endow him with physics expertise – then the insightful prose can really start flowing…

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