Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?
These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond.
With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
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Table of Contents
Part I Cosmos
Chapter 1 In the Beginning: Threshold 1 17
Chapter 2 Stars and Galaxies: Thresholds 2 and 3 39
Chapter 3 Molecules and Moons: Threshold 4 56
Part II Biosphere
Chapter 4 Life: Threshold 5 75
Chapter 5 Little Life and the Biosphere 99
Chapter 6 Big Life and the Biosphere 125
Part III Us
Chapter 7 Humans: Threshold 6 157
Chapter 8 Farming: Threshold 7 188
Chapter 9 Agrarian Civilizations 210
Chapter 10 On the Verge of Today's World 236
Chapter 11 The Anthropocene: Threshold 8 259
Part IV The Future
Chapter 12 Where Is It All Going? 287
Appendix: Statistics on Human History 311
Further Reading 325
What People are Saying About This
"I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fabulous well written and understandable for a complex subject. I have a much better understanding of the origin of the Universe, galaxies, stars and life on earth.
Please read Ken Wilber if you want to understand the complete human experience. All the way up and all the way down. All cosmetology ends badly unless you understand the mind. It is the only way to remain sain when this type of thing.