My boyfriend, a physics major and aspiring teacher, convinced me to read this book. I was surprised how much I loved it. It made me realise how shockingly little I know about the world around me (and how shockingly little even scientists know about the world around us). Bryson is a fantastic narrator, though some of his examples I'm not sure made sense, and the ending felt a little tacked on. Nevertheless, he somehow makes science a real page-turner and I had a hard time putting it down at night. A fun, but highly educational, read. I think if I had been handed this book in the ninth grade, I may have not been so adverse to science.