Big History

Die Geschichte der Welt - Vom Urknall bis zur Zukunft der Menschheit
Author: David Christian
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446261427
Category: History
Page: 400
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Der Big Bang war der heißeste Augenblick der Weltgeschichte. Der Rest ist Abkühlung. Und die hatte Folgen: Atome und Sterne entstanden, die Erde und wir. Eingebettet in die Geschichte des Universums ist auch die Geschichte der Menschheit. David Christian erzählt die Historie der Welt anhand von acht Schwellenmomenten: von der Entstehung des Lebens bis zur Fotosynthese, von der Sprache bis zum menschgemachten Klimawandel. Sein Buch ist eine brillante Synthese der Erkenntnisse aus Astronomie, Biologie, Chemie und Physik. Und eine atemberaubende moderne Ursprungsgeschichte, die mit einem Ausblick auf die Zukunft endet, in der wir endlich die Verantwortung für den Planeten Erde übernehmen müssen.

Big History

From the Big Bang to the Present
Author: Cynthia Stokes Brown
Publisher: New Press/ORIM
ISBN: 1595588450
Category: History
Page: 320
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Extend the human story backward for the five thousand years of recorded history and it covers no more than a millionth of a lifetime of the Earth. Yet how do we humans take stock of the history of our planet, and our own place within it? A “vast historical mosaic” (Publishers Weekly) rendered engaging and accessible, Big History interweaves different disciplines of knowledge to offer an all-encompassing account of history on Earth. Since its publication, Cynthia Brown’s “world history on a grand scale” (Kirkus) has been translated into nine languages and has helped propel the “big history” concept to viral status. This new edition of Brown’s seminal work is more relevant today than ever before, as we increasingly must grapple with accelerating rates of change and, ultimately, the legacy we will bequeath to future generations. Here is a pathbreaking portrait of our world, from the birth of the universe from a single point the size of an atom to life on a twenty-first-century planet inhabited by 7 billion people.

Maps of Time

An Introduction to Big History
Author: David Christian
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520950674
Category: History
Page: 672
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An introduction to a new way of looking at history, from a perspective that stretches from the beginning of time to the present day, Maps of Time is world history on an unprecedented scale. Beginning with the Big Bang, David Christian views the interaction of the natural world with the more recent arrivals in flora and fauna, including human beings. Cosmology, geology, archeology, and population and environmental studies—all figure in David Christian's account, which is an ambitious overview of the emerging field of "Big History." Maps of Time opens with the origins of the universe, the stars and the galaxies, the sun and the solar system, including the earth, and conducts readers through the evolution of the planet before human habitation. It surveys the development of human society from the Paleolithic era through the transition to agriculture, the emergence of cities and states, and the birth of the modern, industrial period right up to intimations of possible futures. Sweeping in scope, finely focused in its minute detail, this riveting account of the known world, from the inception of space-time to the prospects of global warming, lays the groundwork for world history—and Big History—true as never before to its name.

Big History and the Future of Humanity


Author: Fred Spier
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118881729
Category: History
Page: 360
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"Provides an accessible and original overview of the entire sweep of history that places human history within the context of the history of life, the Earth, and the universe"--

Big History

Our Incredible Journey, from Big Bang to Now
Author: DK
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 0241296404
Category: History
Page: 376
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Understand how and why we got where we are today with Big History. From the formation of our universe to the present day, countless major events have changed the course of life on Earth. Big History brings together an incredible range of perspectives, using multiple disciplines including physics and sociology to bring us the story of 13.8 billion years of remarkable history. With a foreword by TED speaker Professor David Christian, Big History is a truly unique look at the history of the world. Aligned with the online Big History Project, supported by Bill Gates, Big History puts a wide-angle lens on history, and uses stunning visual timelines and special CGI reconstructions to show you history's greatest events like never before. Look back to our origins in the stars, and explore everything from the birth of the sun to modern technology, and what the future holds for humans. The perfect gift for everyone interested in every aspect of history, Big History presents the history of the world as you've never seen it.

Big history

was die Geschichte im Innersten zusammenhält
Author: Fred Spier
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783896782076
Category:
Page: 155
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The Structure of Big History from the Big Bang Until Today


Author: Fred Spier
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9789053562208
Category: Social Science
Page: 113
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The social and natural sciences have more in common than most people would perhaps suspect. This thought-provoking study, the first of its kind ever attempted, presents a single straightforward structure which unites the latest scientific views on the history of the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, life and humankind. It contributes to a better understanding of some long-standing academic controversies, such as the root causes for the origins of humankind, the rise of agriculture and the emergence of early states.

Origin Story

A Big History of Everything
Author: David Christian
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241254698
Category: History
Page: 320
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How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

Teaching Big History


Author: Richard B. Simon
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520959388
Category: History
Page: 448
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Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.

A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves


Author: Walter Alvarez
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393292703
Category: Science
Page: 288
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“A thrilling synthesis from a brilliant scientist who discovered one of the most important chapters in our history.” —Sean B. Carroll Big History, the field that integrates traditional historical scholarship with scientific insights to study the full sweep of our universe, has so far been the domain of historians. Famed geologist Walter Alvarez—best known for the “Impact Theory” explaining dinosaur extinction—has instead championed a science-first approach to Big History. Here he wields his unique expertise to give us a new appreciation for the incredible occurrences—from the Big Bang to the formation of supercontinents, the dawn of the Bronze Age, and beyond—that have led to our improbable place in the universe.

Glücksfall Mensch

Ist Evolution vorhersagbar?
Author: Jonathan B. Losos
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446259783
Category: Science
Page: 400
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Konnte die Evolution gar nicht anders, musste sie als Krone der Schöpfung den Menschen hervorbringen? Oder würden heute Dinosaurier über die Welt herrschen, wenn vor 66 Millionen Jahren kein Asteroid auf der Erde eingeschlagen wäre? Dem Evolutionsbiologen Jonathan Losos gelang bei seiner Forschung an Eidechsen etwas, wovon Darwin nicht einmal zu träumen wagte: der Evolution bei ihrem Werk zuzusehen und zu beweisen, dass Evolution sich wiederholt. Auf einer faszinierenden Reise um den Globus lehrt uns der begnadete Erzähler Losos, dass die Evolution nicht würfelt – und die Menschheit ihre Existenz dennoch dem Glück zu verdanken hat.

Big History: Between Nothing and Everything


Author: Craig Benjamin,Cynthia Brown,David Christian
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780073385617
Category: History
Page: 352
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Big History: Between Nothing and Everything surveys the past not just of humanity, or even of planet Earth, but of the entire universe. In reading this book instructors and students will retrace a voyage that began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang and the appearance of the universe. Big history incorporates findings from cosmology, earth and life sciences, and human history, and assembles them into a single, universal historical narrative of our universe and of our place within it. The first edition of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, is written by the pioneers of the field, and presents a framework for learning about anything and everything. It encourages students to think critically about our cumulative history and the future of the world through a variety of lenses.

Evolution: Development within Big History, Evolutionary and World-System Paradigms


Author: Leonid E. Grinin,Andrey V. Korotayev
Publisher: ООО "Издательство "Учитель"
ISBN: 5705737424
Category: Human evolution
Page: 304
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The application of the evolutionary approach to the history of nature and society has remained one of the most effective ways to conceptualize and integrate our growing knowledge of the Universe, life, society and human thought. The present volume demonstrates this in a rather convincing way. This is the third issue of the Almanac series titled ‘Evolution’. The first volume came out with the sub-heading ‘Cosmic, Biological, and Social’, the second was entitled ‘Evolution: A Big History Perspective’. The present volume is subtitled Development within Big History, Evolutionary and World-System Paradigms. In addition to the straightforward evolutionary approach, it also reflects such adjacent approaches as Big History, the world-system analysis, as well as globalization paradigm and long wave theory. The volume includes a number of the exciting works in these fields. The Almanac consists of five sections. The first section (Globalization as an Evolutionary Process: Yesterday and Today) contains articles demonstrating that the Evolutionary studies is capable of creating a common platform for the world-system approach, globalization studies, and the economic long-wave theory.The articles of the second section (Society, Energy, and Future) discuss the role of energy in the universal evolution, human history and the future of humankind. The third section (Aspects of Social Development) touches upon four aspects of social evolution – technological, environmental, cultural, and political. The fourth section (The Driving Forces and Patterns of Evolution) deals with various phases of megaevolution. There is also a final sectionwhichis devoted to discussions of contemporary evolutionism. This Almanac will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Cosmology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Economics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the new discoveries going on around us!

Big History, Small World


Author: Cynthia Stokes Brown
Publisher: Berkshire Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781614720317
Category:
Page: 300
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"Big history becomes engaging and personal in Big History, Small World by Cynthia Stokes Brown, the first guide in English to a new approach to history that has been specifically designed for high school students. It's also ideal for the general reader who shares Bill Gates's fascination with this new blend of history and science, and fits neatly with the free curriculum available at the Big History Project, cofounded by Professor David Christian and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. Big History, Small World is organized into twelve chapters. In the first chapter, Brown discusses the scientific method. In the last chapter she discusses the different ways people interpret big history and find meaning in it. The other ten chapters are based on eight major turning points, or thresholds, in the cosmic story. One threshold, the emergence of life, gets two chapters, while a discussion of the future fills chapter eleven. This book is not formatted as a traditional textbook, although it can easily be used as one. Each chapter has questions on the frontier of knowledge, as well as suggestions of how the content applies directly to the reader, to answer the perennial question: "Why do I have to learn this?" There are illustrations, charts, diagrams, a glossary and timeline, and short biographies of scientists and historians who have been influential in developing big history."--Provided by publisher.

Evolution: A Big History Perspective


Author: Leonid E. Grinin,Аndrey V. Korotayev,Barry H. Rodrigue
Publisher: ООО "Издательство "Учитель"
ISBN: 5705729057
Category: Human evolution
Page: 303
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This issue of the almanac aims at filling the gap in the mega-evolutionary research. The Editors believe that the present Almanac, which brings together scientists working in different areas of the vast evolutionary field, will hopefully make a contribution to this process.The contributions to this volume are subdivided into three sections:‘Universal Evolution’, ‘Biological and Social Forms of Evolution: Connections and Comparisons’, and ‘Aspects of Social Evolution’. Subjects and issues of the contributions to all three sections have a great deal in common and significantly supplement each other.

Teaching & Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field


Author: Leonid Grinin,David Baker,Esther Quaedackers,Andrey Korotayev
Publisher: ООО "Издательство "Учитель"
ISBN: 5705740271
Category: Human evolution
Page: 368
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According to the working definition of the International Big History Association, ‘Big History seeks to understand the integrated history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity, using the best available empirical evidence and scholarly methods.’ In recent years Big History has been developing very fast indeed. Big History courses are taught in the schools and universities of several dozen countries. Hundreds of researchers are involved in studying and teaching Big History. The unique approach of Big History, the interdisciplinary genre of history that deals with the grand narrative of 13.8 billion years, has opened up a vast amount of research agendas. Big History brings together constantly updated information from the scientific disciplines and merges it with the contemplative realms of philosophy and the humanities. It also provides a connection between the past, present, and future. Big History is a colossal and extremely heterogeneous field of research encompassing all the forms of existence and all timescales. Unsurprisingly, Big History may be presented in very different aspects and facets. In this volume the Big History is presented and discussed in three different ways. In its first part, Big History is explored in terms of methodology, theories of knowledge, as well as showcasing the personal approach of scholars to Big History. The second section comprises such articles that could clarify Big History's main trends and laws. The third part of this book explores the nature of teaching Big History as well as profiling a number of educational methods. This volume will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Astrophysics, Geology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Linguistics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the exciting new discoveries going on around us!

Looseleaf for Big History


Author: Cynthia Brown,Craig Benjamin,David Christian
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9781259137969
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Big History: Between Nothing and Everything surveys the past not just of humanity, or even of planet Earth, but of the entire universe. In reading this book instructors and students will retrace a voyage that began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang and the appearance of the universe. Big history incorporates findings from cosmology, earth and life sciences, and human history, and assembles them into a single, universal historical narrative of our universe and of our place within it. The first edition of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, is written by the pioneers of the field, and presents a framework for learning about anything and everything. It encourages students to think critically about our cumulative history and the future of the world through a variety of lenses.

Big History

From the Big Bang to Virtual Reality
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780241225905
Category:
Page: 440
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Education and Understanding

Big History Around the World
Author: Barry Rodrigue,Leonid Grinin,Andrey Korotayev
Publisher: Primus Books
ISBN: 9789384082734
Category: History
Page: 392
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Big History engages with the universe's grand narrative, and provides a dynamic connection between the past, present and future. Our collection is divided into three volumes and is the first comprehensive global anthology of Big History. This second volume--Education and Understanding Big History around the World--considers the role of Big History in education and creativity, in the exploration of meaning, and in life experiences around our planet. This book will challenge and excite your vision of life and home. Together with the authors, readers will engage in a fascinating intellectual voyage and come to an understanding of our shared origins and futures.