The Shortest History of Our Universe: The Unlikely Journey from the Big Bang to Us

The Shortest History of Our Universe: The Unlikely Journey from the Big Bang to Us

The Shortest History of Our Universe: The Unlikely Journey from the Big Bang to Us

The Shortest History of Our Universe: The Unlikely Journey from the Big Bang to Us

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Overview

A complete history of the universe, spanning 13.8 billion years in an ultra-accessible, uncommonly illuminating, exhilarating chronicle of key events

“Baker introduces us not only to the history of our species and our planet, but the history of our vast universe.”—from the foreword by John Green, author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and The Fault in Our Stars

In this thrilling history, David Baker captures the longest-possible time span—from the Big Bang to the present day—in an astonishingly concise retelling. His impressive timeline includes the “rise of complexity” in the cosmos and the creation of the first atoms; the origin of all galaxies, stars, and our solar system; and the evolution of life on Earth, from tiny single-celled organisms to human beings.

Weaving together insights across the sciences—including chemistry, physics, biology, archaeology, and anthropology—Baker answers the fundamental questions: How did time begin? Why does matter exist? What made life on Earth the way it is? He also argues that never before has life on Earth been forced to adjust to a changing climate so rapidly, nor has one species ever been responsible for such sudden change. Baker’s grand view offers the clearest picture of what may come next—and the role we can still play in our planet’s fate.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615199730
Publisher: The Experiment, LLC
Publication date: 05/02/2023
Series: Shortest History
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 212,450
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Baker is a history and science writer who holds the world’s first PhD in Big History (the field that explores patterns in deep time and across the natural and social sciences). He is an award-winning lecturer, has written educational videos seen by millions of people, and is the author ofThe Shortest History of Our Universe. He lives in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by John Green
Introduction

Part One: The Inanimate Phase
The Big Bang
Stars, Galaxies, and Complexity
Origin of the Earth
Part Two: The Animate Phase
Life and Evolution
Explosions and Extinctions
Primate Evolution
Part Three: The Cultural Phase
Human Foragers
The Dawn of Agriculture
Agrarian States
The Unification of the World
The Anthropocene
Part Four: The Unknown Phase
The Near and Deep Future
Acknowledgments
Further Reading
Image Credits
Index
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