Extend the human story backward for the five thousand years of recorded history, and it covers no more than a millionth of the lifetime of the Earth. Yet how do we humans take stock of the history of our planet and of our own place within it? As this fascinating, paradigm-shifting book reveals, recent leaps forward in scientific knowledge-whether biology, geology, or anthropology-make this perspective possible for the first time. A "vast historical mosaic" (Publishers Weekly), Big History interweaves different schools of knowledge, offering the fullest account yet of the history of Earth. Here is a portrait of our world, from the birth of the universe from a single point the size of an atom to life on a twenty-first-century planet inhabited by 6.1 billion people. Cynthia Brown's "world history on a grand scale" (Kirkus) will forever alter our conception of the fate of the Earth and of the human role in this story.
About the Author:
Cynthia Stokes Brown is a retired professor of education at Dominican University of California
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Cynthia Stokes Brown is a retired professor of education at Dominican University of California. She has written works of history and biography, including the American Book Award-winning Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement, Connecting with the Past, and Refusing Racism. She lives in Berkeley, California.