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

  • MaryBeth
    Jul 15, 2018
    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...
  • Susan in NC
    Jul 22, 2018
    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...
  • Vassiliki
    Aug 29, 2018
    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...
  • 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...
  • Zulfiya
    Aug 29, 2018
    It was an illuminating read but not because the facts were not known; on the contrary, all the facts are well-established and have been used by different branches of science to explore and explain the universe, but the approach to their presentation was visionary. This is about our h...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mansi
    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 ...
  • Yudhishtir
    Aug 13, 2018
    A consolidated knowledge book mapping the history from big bang science of creation of billions of stars to the modern social science of coexistence of billions of people. ...
  • 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...
  • pennyg
    Aug 19, 2018
    As the title says, it is a big history of everything. Fascinating read and a reminder of the wondrous course of events that produced this universe, our planet and it's inhabitants. If you have questions regarding the birth of the universe, the progression of humanity and how it will a...
  • Amir H
    Sep 05, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Tejas Sathian
    Aug 27, 2018
    Excellent read - Sapiens with a more sweeping horizon. A simple model for explaining the universe, from its origins until modern civilization: entropy is a tendency that structures fight against, but complex things are hard to maintain and eventually entropy wins; life/society involves...
  • Maneesh Patasaraiya
    Aug 30, 2018
    The best ever.... ...
  • 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...