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 look A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. ...

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Title:Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
Author:David Christian
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Genres:History
ISBN:Origin Story
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:357 pages pages

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews

  • Suman Srivastava
    Jul 03, 2018
    A surprisingly coherent story of the universe from the Big bang to today and then into the future. The author says that matter is congealed energy (E=mc2) and then proceeds to explain everything that has ever happened in the context of energy and entropy. Fascinating book. ...
  • Lindsey
    Jun 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Nancy Ellis
    Jun 25, 2018
    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...
  • Jie Mauricio
    Jun 04, 2018
    Learned so much from this book!!! ...
  • Mike
    Jun 12, 2018
    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 emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...
  • Caleb Masters
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...
  • Jamila Heckathorn
    Jun 09, 2018
    it was really interesting and educational, but not overwhelming, right up until it got downright depressing. pretty much the cliffs notes of years of science and history that my brain had stored away, followed by the daunting plan of what can extend the life of our planet and species, ...
  • Andre Chiasson
    May 29, 2018
    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...
  • Gene
    Jun 12, 2018
    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...
  • Sujith Philip
    Jul 11, 2018
    Immensely insightful.... till where human recorded history starts. I guess the book 'Sapiens' will do better here. Christian view is that this cosmic nataraja nritham is but shape-shifts of energy. Read it! ...
  • Jay
    Jun 19, 2018
    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 to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...
  • Michael Huang
    Jul 04, 2018
    This is really a historical from 30,000 ft high (or, perhaps more appropriately 13 billion light years away). The story covers (a) the cosmology part of history from the Big Bang, formation of stars, explosion of stars (supernovae), to the formation of earth; (b) the biology part from ...
  • Steve Perryman
    Jun 13, 2018
    Excellent history of our universe. I would consider this a must read for anyone interested in a contextual history of where we came from, where we are now and what the future looks like. ...
  • Bev Simpson
    Jul 07, 2018
    A most interesting read. David Christian takes us gracefully through what is called Big History, defined as "the attempt to understand, in a unified way, the history of Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity." Big History is a project funded by Bill Gates with Christian who is a professor of...
  • Patrick Pilz
    Jun 08, 2018
    One of those ground breaking books. Ran across it because Bill Gates had it on the summer read list. "Big History" is a new field of science, one that tries to tell the story of the universe, planets, life and humanity in a single uniform narrative. I read a lot of books which cover ...
  • Jeff Gabriel
    Jun 24, 2018
    This just wasn't what i was hoping for. I think the audience is probably middle school aged children. I also found the author's insistence on factoring everything through energy expenditure was a bit too cute. You might get more mileage out of "A brief history of time" by Hawking, "wha...
  • Mansi Gupta
    Jun 17, 2018
    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. ...
  • Tarek Amer
    Jun 15, 2018
    -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 forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...
  • Matt Stevens
    Jun 22, 2018
    Audible Audiobook. A very fantastic, interesting history of how we got to here. Its really interesting reading this book just a month after I finished Origin by Dan Brown because it has the same big premise - life vs. entropy or life because of entropy. Entropy is basically that in...
  • Flora
    Jul 08, 2018
    If anyone's feeling sorry for themselves, try reading up on The Origin Story by David Christian. For those who are remotely interested in world history, perhaps they have come across Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, which covers the history of humans, as named. However, that's not the ...
  • Carol Peters
    Jun 25, 2018
    Science changes so fast, I like to read new books that recount from the big bang forward. This one is pretty good at supplying occasional information that was new to me for about 200 pages, right up to the development of agriculture. Then it declines into econo-politico-anthropo...
  • Jerry Wall
    May 28, 2018
    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 ...
  • Janis
    Jun 14, 2018
    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 was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...
  • Bill Gates
    May 21, 2018
    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 the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...
  • Shyue Ping Ong
    Jul 04, 2018
    An interesting read, especially for a physical scientist who understands the laws of thermodynamics. It is somewhat refreshing to understand broad human history in the context of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, though these concepts are sometimes misused. The ending is too...
  • Kannan
    Jun 04, 2018
    'Origin Story' does as good a job of covering "the big history" as is realistically possible for a project of its size. There are several interesting facts about the world we live in and the planet we call home. However, it underplays the (hi)stories of the lesser privileged half of th...
  • Arun
    May 30, 2018
    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...
  • Mahesh Kumar
    May 31, 2018
    I never thought history would be this interesting! ...
  • Tracy108
    Jun 07, 2018
    Interesting. Fulfilled its purpose very well. I wish it had been more about social systems but that wasn?t the goal of the book, just my personal preference and (incorrect) assumption that it would include more of that lens. Covered a tremendous amount of information with excellence....
  • Teo 2050
    Jun 06, 2018
    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...