Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316392006
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About David Christian

David Gilbert Christian is an Anglo-American historian and scholar of Russian history notable for creating and spearheading an interdisciplinary approach known as Big History. He grew up in Africa and in England, where he earned his B.A. from Oxford University, an M.A. in Russian history from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in 19th century Russian history from Oxford University in 1


    Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews

  • Bill Gates

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about ...

  • Caleb Masters

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights variou...

  • Gene

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don’t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more....

  • Arun

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read...

  • Teo 2050

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents:(view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of EverythingPrefaceTimelineIntroduction– A Modern Origin StoryPart I: Cosmos01. In the Beginning: Thres...

  • Janis

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which w...

  • Tarek Amer

    -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 f...

  • Jay

    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 ...

  • Mike

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the eme...

  • Mansi Gupta

    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....