A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.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....
|Title||:||Origin Story: A Big History of Everything|
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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews
Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book that changed the way I think about several topics. Highly recommended.
<7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents:
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– A Modern Origin Story
Part I: Cosmos
01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1
– Jump-Starting an Origin Story
– Threshold 1: Quantum Bootstrapping a Universe
– The First Structures
– The First Atoms
– What’s the Evidence?
02. Stars and Galaxies: Thresholds 2 and 3
– Free Energy: The Driver of Complexity
– Galaxies and Stars: Threshold 2
– A Universe with Galaxies and Stars
– Ne ...more
-The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history.
-The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe.
-The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about 4.5 billion years ago.
-Earth had the right conditions to allow life to flourish.
-Photosynthesis was an energy bonanza for early, single-celled life that helped spark a biological revolution.
-Evolution and the extinctio ...more
Informative, but rather dry. Some pictures would have helped.
I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book.
An overview of science and history and culture
From astrophysics to geology, biology, history... You name it, an overview of everything from the Big Bang to today and beyond. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in science, in history, in where we are and how we got here. I would like to see young people exposed to this kind of an overview to inspire their interests for future studies.