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....
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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews
I wanted more from this book. I should have known when I was getting into when I approached it, because it really does cover the "big history" of our world. I thrive on details, see, and the details I got were not enough to make me fly through this book. I hesitate to say that I found it dry, but as someone who struggles to wrap her brain around certain scientific principles, it was... a lot of science. Atoms and energy and chemicals and lots of numbers.
The content seemed front-heavy, and it rus ...more
(view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything
– 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
– New Elements and In ...more
History of universe and people with timeline in thresholds from one age to another with seven of so thresholds til we get to modern history.
early on after big bang energy itself split up into 1 gravity, 2 the electromagnetic force, then the 3 strong and 4 weak nuclear forces. p.23
. . . electromagnetism is . . . 10 to 36th times as strong as gravity. p. 28
. . . the first living organism as Luca (Or LUCA, from "last universal common ancestor. . . p. 90
. . . symbols (deceptively simple words like ...more
Informative, but rather dry. Some pictures would have helped.
Learned so much from this 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.