A Short History of Nearly Everything is a 2003 non-fiction book by Bill Bryson. It was awarded the EU Descartes prize for science communication and the Aventis prize for best general science book.
For anyone that has a curiosity about the world and the universe around us, this is an excellent book. The book covers the big subjects, how big is the Universe, meteor canyons and the awesome force, etc. The book is a sort of history of the evolution of our knowledge of these big subjects.
Byson is an excellent writer and I think this is a superb book.