The Body is one of the best science books I’ve read. The pages are brimming with facts and figures about every part of the human body and it’s all fascinating. It’s impossible not to be floored by the complexities of our own bodies after reading this book.
Bryson’s writing style is completely relatable. You’ll find yourself laughing at the many anecdotes and strange histories behind what makes us tick. It serves as a surprising reminder that our understanding of the human body is relatively new in relation to our history. So many of the things we take for granted were only discovered in the last 150 years or so. We’re at a zenith of understanding and that makes this exciting to read.
Above all, you’ll come away with endless facts to recite to anyone who will listen. It’s all here, from the intense caloric intake of a baby’s brain to the cost of creating a human being based on the current market rate for essential elements and chemicals. You’ll marvel at the complexities of our brains and their uniqueness. You’ll get a better understanding of skin color and how ridiculous our societal perceptions are when viewed from a biological standpoint. You’ll learn about diseases and how our perception of them has evolved over time. You’ll also find yourself laughing at the sheer luck of so many scientists as they accidentally discovered fundamental truths about the human body. The fact that the majority of these major breakthroughs seem to have been complete accidents makes our knowledge all the more miraculous.
If you’re curious about everything going on in your own personal ecosystem, The Body is the book for you. Expect yourself to go on many a Google trail as you try to wrap your head around the many strange and compelling details.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
By Bill Bryson
Published by Doubleday
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.