Jean Reece Posted 8 months ago David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes Where was this guy when I was in high school? It's incredible how our educational system can take such fascinating material and render it so lifeless and boring. I read a book by Bill Bryson a few years back that in 500 pages or so gave me all the science I should have learned in school. And then some. Not to worry, it's not like taking your medicine - quite the contrary - it was a page turner. I found myself reading into the wee hours of the night I was so engaged. Bryson's writing is addictive. The book is "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and it's available as an audio book as well. Make sure you get the unabridged version.