Charles Panati is a physicist and former Science Editor of Newsweek. He is the author of 14 books, and has appeared on Oprah, Letterman, and many other shows. “The Browser’s Book of Beginnings” was the basis for the hit television show “The Start of Something Big,” hosted by comedian Steve Allen, and written by Charles Panati.
Panati’s Browser’s Book of Beginnings: The Origins of Everything Under, and Including, the Sunby Charles Panati
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Obsessed with the origins of things, Charles Panati has dug up enough root causes and beginnings for any barroom sage or academician to fend off the most troublesome trivia queries. Ranging from the beginnings of the universe, the emergence of bacteria and bony fish to soap, loaded dice, ethnic slurs, hypnosis, paper money and much more, “The Browser’s Book of Beginnings” is a fascinating read sampled randomly or digested whole.
“A weapon for stumping the supercilious experts.” -- The Boston Globe
“A might oak of a book. Panati is fearless, far-reaching, formidable, and, when it pleases him, frivolous.” -- The New Yorker
“The last word on the first of everything.” -- Newsday.
“I came away from this book bubbling with new information.” -- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
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