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Origin story : a big history of everything

Author: David Christian
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Christian, David, 1946-
Origin story.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
(DLC) 2017952230
(OCoLC)1035213632
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Christian
ISBN: 9780316392020 0316392022 9780316412476 0316412473
OCLC Number: 1035947755
Description: 1 online resource (x, 357 pages)
Contents: In the beginning: threshold 1 --
Stars and galaxies: thresholds 2 and 3 --
Molecules and moons: threshold 4 --
Life: threshold 5 --
Little life and the biosphere --
Big life and the biosphere --
Humans: threshold 6 --
Farming: threshold 7 --
Agrarian civilizations --
On the verge of today's world --
The anthropocene: threshold 8 --
Where is it all going?
Responsibility: David Christian.

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"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."--Jacket.

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