Pandemics and More: Bill Bryson on the Perils of Planet Earth

Bill Bryson’s stunning exploration of the scientific endeavor leaves us with a sobering thought: as powerful as we humans feel, the real truth is that we’re only a stroke of luck away from total annihilation most days of the week. And global pandemics aren’t the only reason why.

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Bryson estimates that approximately 2000 asteroids capable of obliterating life on Earth regularly cross our orbit, meaning that the threat of destruction by asteroid impact is very real and ever-present.