What A Won­der­ful World: One Man’s At­tempt To Ex­plain The Big Stuff

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Alaskan-born David Vann is the in­ter­na­tional best­selling and prize-win­ning au­thor of GoatMoun­tain, the story of a man look­ing back on one weekend spent with his grand­fa­ther, fa­ther, and fa­ther’s best friend, when he was 11.

Set upon a re­mote, 640-acre ranch in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, the story be­gins with the four­some set­ting off on their fam­ily’s an­nual deer hunt, then reach­ing the se­cure gate that leads on to the land the fam­ily has owned for gen­er­a­tions.

Here they spot a poacher in the dis­tance and the boy’s fa­ther shows his son the man through the man­ages to tread that line be­tween be­ing an out-and-out sci­ence geek and be­ing able to trans­mit re­lat­able anec­dotes that make you wish you had paid a lit­tle more at­ten­tion in sci­ence class at school (though few sci­ence classes will have been quite this ac­ces­si­ble and hu­mor­ous).

If you are one of those peo­ple who was never in­ter­ested in mol­e­cules and pho­to­syn­the­sis back in the day, then give this lit­tle gem a go. With a perky nar­ra­tive ex­plain­ing how ev­ery­thing in the universe is con­nected, it will spark even the most dor­mant of cu­riosi­ties hid­den in your sub­con­scious.

ex­plores a whole heap of co­nun­drums and enig­mas from res­pi­ra­tion and evo­lu­tion right through to re­pro­duc­tion and com­put­ers.

Though some­times a lit­tle con­fus­ing, Chown still

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