Knowing nearly everything

short history of nearly every thing

I just finished reading Bill Bryson’s book. I’m amazed. It took me over four months of sporadic reading to get through this book.

He does a good job. I can only imagine his job – to travel around the world finding information and then distilling it down into a book. To draw parallels, analogies and paint a pretty vivid picture using metaphors. I imagine it’s a kind of research. It’s not too different from doing a literature survey. But in his case, he gets to travel and meet the authors (if they’re alive) and see specimens/experiments etc. Sounds like a wonderful life to live. If I had to travel around the world, I’d love to do it this way. To do research and write a book and travel. Traveling for the sake of traveling doesn’t sound too enticing to me.

Well, if you’re curious about the world and want a moral of the story for everything, this is the book for you.


I’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks trying to get an experiment to work. It’s taken me well over six weeks. That’s 1008+ hours. But I got it to work on Monday night. It worked around 11 pm.

I’ve been so exhausted that I took yesterday off and am half dead today. But I’m excited at the possibilities ahead.

As I ploughed through the last six weeks, I realized why it had become so important to get this experiment to work. I haven’t discovered any new results. Or invented anything. This experiment has been reasonably well-studied since the 80’s. But for me that was the first step. To reproduce what was there. Now this opens up a lot more possibilities for us.

And that’s one thing I’ve realized. The worst thing in my work is trying to reproduce somebody else’s results. It’s the most challenging. But when it works, boy, it’s the most rewarding feeling in the world.

I mean it!


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