A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


This Sunday Times Bestseller and multi-award winning book is the bestselling popular science book of the twenty-first century.

Bill Bryson’s challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn’t some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It’s not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out?


On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums, like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

‘Truly impressive . . . it’s hard to imagine a better rough guide to science’ Guardian

‘A travelogue of science, with a witty, engaging and well-informed guide’ The Times


Creative challenge:

“We are looking for a cover design that is smart but accessible. It should not look like a textbook you read at school! This is a science book with popular appeal. The cover should feel timeless, confident and appeal to a whole new generation of readers.” 


Strong use of typography, such as bold font, has been chosen to create a striking book cover, which has been modified to stand out in the market from other science books. The background contains lines connected with dots, which represent atoms, also how all things are connected in this universe. 


Book Cover Design | Competition entry

Penguin Student Design Awards 2020

University of Northampton


Northampton, United Kingdom


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