Join us on a journey to explore some of the most intractable questions that science seeks to answer. We will join the bestselling author of history, travel, language and popular science books, Bill Bryson, as he confronts some of the oldest questions about the universe and ourselves. Through his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, (Broadway Books, 2003)Bryson explores topics from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He is on a quest to understand how we got from there being nothing to there being us. In this quest he read, visited, interviewed and pestered all manners of scientistsincluding archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians. We will read the history of that quest written as only Bryson can: sometimes funny, sometimes profound, but always clear and entertaining. The book is widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science. No special knowledge or background is required to join us on this journey other than curiosity and the willingness to find science entertaining.