Big History: Examines Our Past, Explains Our Present, Imagines Our Future ハードカバー – 2016/10/11
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Featuring a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian, and produced in association with the Big History Institute, Big History provides a comprehensive understanding of the major events that have changed the nature and course of life on the planet we call home. This first fully integrated visual reference on Big History for general readers places humans in the context of our universe, from the Big Bang to virtual reality.
Why does the universe work the way it does? Why are stars so big? Why are humans so small? What does it mean to be human? Big History blends geology, biology, physics, anthropology, sociology, and so much more to tell one coherent story, taking us right back to our origins and exploring how a unique series of events led to and then impacted human existence: how everything came to be, where we fit in, and even where we are going. Graphics, artworks, timelines, and at-a-glance overviews make the causes and effects of pivotal events and major thresholds in Big History instantly accessible, and evidence features explain how we know what we know. An additional 64-page reference section provides a more conventional account of events in human history.
Placing humans in the context of our universe and revealing how and why we got to where we are today, Big History covers 13.8 billion years of history, from the formation of the universe and the dawn of time to the present day.
"Visual timelines and CGI reconstructions dive deeply into the major events that have changed planet Earth…" — Publishers Weekly
"[A] visually engaging overview of history." — School Library Journal商品の説明をすべて表示する
In the introduction of the coffee table book "Big History," Bill Gates writes "Big History provides a framework for understanding literally all of history, ever, from the Big Bang to the present day." That quote sums up the book pretty well!
This book does not go in depth into any one subject. Instead, it provides an overview of everything: the big bang, the expanding universe, formation of the elements and planets, Earth's formation, continental drift, the evolution of many different lifeforms, dinosaurs, and finally humans and civilization (of course I skipped over lots in that summary!) It's a great resource to discover interesting topics to deep dive into.
Each spread covers one aspect of history, complete with illustrations, diagrams, quotes from famous people and experts, maps, and more. A timeline runs across the top of every page, indicating that section's place in our history. The very end of the book contains a textual timeline of human history, with maps of the world at different points in time. It's an intriguing look at how human civilization has developed.
Overall, this book is a fascinating thing to have on hand. We like to open it to a random page -- we always learn something interesting.