Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present

Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present

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Author/Contributor(s): Brown, Cynthia Stokes
Publisher: New Press
Date: 11/06/2012
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
"This exciting saga crosses space and time to illustrate how humans, born of stardust, were shaped--and how they in turn shaped the world we know today." --Publishers Weekly

This book offers "world history on a grand scale"--pulling back for a wider view and putting the relatively brief time span of human history in context. After all, our five thousand years of recorded civilization account for only about one millionth of the lifetime of our planet (Kirkus Reviews).

Big History interweaves different disciplines of knowledge, drawing on both the natural sciences and the human sciences, to offer an all-encompassing account of history on Earth. This new edition is more relevant than ever before, as we increasingly grapple with accelerating rates of change and, ultimately, the legacy we will bequeath to future generations. Here is a path-breaking 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 seven billion people.