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Teaching Big History

Teaching Big History
A Book

by Richard B. Simon,Mojgan Behmand,Thomas Burke

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2014-12-23
  • Pages : 426
  • ISBN : 0520283554
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.

Maps of Time

Maps of Time
An Introduction to Big History, With a New Preface

by David Christian

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2011-09
  • Pages : 642
  • ISBN : 0520271440
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents a new perspective for looking at history from the origins of the universe to present day.

The Structure of Big History from the Big Bang Until Today

The Structure of Big History from the Big Bang Until Today
A Book

by Fred Spier

  • Publisher : Amsterdam University Press
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN : 9789053562208
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The social and natural sciences have more in common than most people would perhaps suspect. This thought-provoking study, the first of its kind ever attempted, presents a single straightforward structure which unites the latest scientific views on the history of the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, life and humankind. It contributes to a better understanding of some long-standing academic controversies, such as the root causes for the origins of humankind, the rise of agriculture and the emergence of early states.

Big History: Between Nothing and Everything

Big History: Between Nothing and Everything
A Book

by Craig Benjamin,Cynthia Brown,David Christian

  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education
  • Release : 2013-08-09
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780073385617
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Big History: Between Nothing and Everything surveys the past not just of humanity, or even of planet Earth, but of the entire universe. In reading this book instructors and students will retrace a voyage that began 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang and the appearance of the universe. Big history incorporates findings from cosmology, earth and life sciences, and human history, and assembles them into a single, universal historical narrative of our universe and of our place within it. The first edition of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, is written by the pioneers of the field, and presents a framework for learning about anything and everything. It encourages students to think critically about our cumulative history and the future of the world through a variety of lenses. Instructors and students can now access their course content through the Connect digital learning platform by purchasing either standalone Connect access or a bundle of print and Connect access. McGraw-Hill Connect® is a subscription-based learning service accessible online through your personal computer or tablet. Choose this option if your instructor will require Connect to be used in the course. Your subscription to Connect includes the following: • SmartBook® - an adaptive digital version of the course textbook that personalizes your reading experience based on how well you are learning the content. • Access to your instructor’s homework assignments, quizzes, syllabus, notes, reminders, and other important files for the course. • Progress dashboards that quickly show how you are performing on your assignments and tips for improvement. • The option to purchase (for a small fee) a print version of the book. This binder-ready, loose-leaf version includes free shipping. Complete system requirements to use Connect can be found here: http://www.mheducation.com/highered/platforms/connect/training-support-students.html

Big History, Small World

Big History, Small World
From the Big Bang to You

by Cynthia Stokes Brown

  • Publisher : Berkshire Publishing Group
  • Release : 2016-12-30
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 1614728577
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The newest way to think about the universe becomes engaging and personal in Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You by Cynthia Stokes Brown. Her clear introduction to big history, divided into eight thresholds of time, is the perfect starting point for any reader intrigued by this rich blend of history and science. Big History, Small World is also the first book about big history specifically designed to be used in high school courses and with the free curriculum available from the Big History Project cofounded by Bill Gates and David Christian. Big History, Small World is organized into twelve chapters. In the first chapter, Brown discusses the scientific method. In the last chapter she discusses the different ways people interpret big history and find meaning in it. The other ten chapters are based on eight major turning points, or thresholds, in the cosmic story. One threshold, the emergence of life, gets two chapters, while a discussion of the future fills chapter eleven. This book is not formatted as a traditional textbook, although it can easily be used as one. Each chapter has questions on the frontier of knowledge, as well as suggestions of how the content applies directly to the reader, to answer the perennial question: “Why do I have to learn this?” There are illustrations, charts, diagrams, a glossary and timeline, and short biographies of scientists and historians who have been influential in developing big history. Cynthia Stokes Brown has taught world history in high-school and trained high-school teachers at Dominican University of California, where she piloted big history courses and helped initiate the big history program now required for all freshmen. She is the author of the general-interest book on big history, Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present (New York: New Press, 2nd ed. 2012) and also wrote a university-level textbook with David Christian and Craig Benjamin, Big History: Between Nothing and Everything (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014). She is a founding member of the International Big History Association and associate editor of its publication, Origins.

The World Cup as World History

The World Cup as World History
A Book

by William D. Bowman

  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release : 2019-11-25
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1442267208
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The World Cup as World History uses football’s premier event to analyze modern sports and world history. William D. Bowman traces the history of a tournament that has become a global phenomenon that generates intense political, economic, and cultural interest and profound discussions about racial, ethnic, and gender identity in the contemporary era. By focusing on the World Cup, the book keeps a tight thematic focus that allows for an integrated discussion of the core issues of globalization, money and finance, sport as spectacle, race and gender, and contemporary politics.

Big History

Big History
From the Big Bang to the Present

by Cynthia Stokes Brown

  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1595588485
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Big History tells the story of the universe, from the beginning to now, by interweaving the fields of biology, geology and anthropology to offer an all-encompassing account of Earth's history. Flowing seamlessly from the birth of the universe to life on a planet inhabited by billions of people, this is a mind altering account of the fate of the Earth and of our role in this ongoing story. Featuring Cynthia Stokes Brown's paradigm-shifting movement, Big History is a seminal work written for academics, students and the layperson alike.

Origin Story

Origin Story
A Big History of Everything

by David Christian

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2018-05-22
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0241254698
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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David Christian, creator of Big History ('My favourite course of all time' Bill Gates), brings us the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future 'Nails home the point: Life is a miracle ... A compelling history of everything' Washington Post 'Spectacular' Carlo Rovelli How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. 'Rather like the Big Bang, the book is awe-inspiring ... Superb' The Times 'With fascinating ideas on every page and the page-turning energy of a good thriller, this is a landmark work' Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element

The Little Book of Big History

The Little Book of Big History
The Story of Life, the Universe and Everything

by Ian Crofton,Jeremy Black

  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Release : 2016-06-23
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1782434305
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the Big Bang to the future of our planet, The Little Book of Big History divides history into manageable but comprehensive time frames, encompassing the cosmos, the stars, life and everything in between. Big History is the attempt to understand and condense the entire story of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the current day. Combining methods from history, astronomy, physics and biology to draw together the big story arcs of how the universe was created, why planets formed and how life developed, this creates a unique perspective from which to understand the place of mankind in the universe. Excited by the alternative 'framework for all knowledge' that is offered by this approach, Bill Gates is funding the Big History Project, which aims to bring the subject to a wider audience around the world. The Little Book of Big History breaks down the main themes of Big History into highly informative and accessible parts for all readers to enjoy. By giving a truly complete timeline of world events, this book shines a whole different light on history as we learned it and makes us think of our history - and our future - in a very different way.

History & Mathematics

History & Mathematics
Big History Aspects

by Leonid E. Grinin,Andrey V. Korotayev

  • Publisher : ООО "Издательство "Учитель"
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 5705754647
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Our Yearbook ‘History and Mathematics’ has already celebrated its 10th anniversary and has confidently entered its second decade. The common feature of all our Yearbooks, including the present volume, is the usage of formal methods and social studies methods intheir synthesis to analyze different historical phenomena. The present Yearbook (which is the seventh in the series) is subtitled ‘Big History Aspects’. This issue is devoted to the problems of evolutionary development of the world. In no way will it be a digression from the direction which we have initially defined for ourYearbook, but just an extension of the scope of the research. The matter is that there are two kinds of history: the history of nature (or more exactly the Universe and the Earth) and the history of humans and mankind. It is not surprising that the idea of historicism penetrated almost every scientific field. At the same time the search for common foundations of this endless in its diversity world has intensified. One of the directions of this interdisciplinary search for the unity of the world in its diversity is Universal Evolutionism (Big History). Mathematical and formal methods help to understand much deeply both natural and human history. This issue of the Yearbook consists of four main sections: (I) Patterns of Big History; (II) Hypotheses of Deep Big History; (III) Biological Aspects; (IV) History and Future of Social Systems. We hope that this issue will be interesting and useful both for historians and mathematicians, as well as for all those dealing with various social and natural sciences.

Big History

Big History
Our Incredible Journey, from Big Bang to Now

by DK

  • Publisher : Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Release : 2016-10-03
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 0241296404
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Understand how and why we got where we are today with Big History. From the formation of our universe to the present day, countless major events have changed the course of life on Earth. Big History brings together an incredible range of perspectives, using multiple disciplines including physics and sociology to bring us the story of 13.8 billion years of remarkable history. With a foreword by TED speaker Professor David Christian, Big History is a truly unique look at the history of the world. Aligned with the online Big History Project, supported by Bill Gates, Big History puts a wide-angle lens on history, and uses stunning visual timelines and special CGI reconstructions to show you history's greatest events like never before. Look back to our origins in the stars, and explore everything from the birth of the sun to modern technology, and what the future holds for humans. The perfect gift for everyone interested in every aspect of history, Big History presents the history of the world as you've never seen it.

Big History and the Future of Humanity

Big History and the Future of Humanity
A Book

by Fred Spier

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2015-05-06
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 1118881729
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Provides an accessible and original overview of the entire sweep of history that places human history within the context of the history of life, the Earth, and the universe"--

Big History

Big History
Before the Big Bang to Now

by Paul Singh

  • Publisher : Singh Global Initiatives
  • Release : 2020-03
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781949454215
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Big History traces the chronology of our universe from before the Big Bang to now. It raises the most important questions that concern us all and then provides answers from the naturalistic point of view. Where did everything come from? How did we get here? Why are humans so biologically similar? Why do we let small differences divide us? Paul Singh draws on the latest findings from the physical and biological sciences, astronomy and cosmology, geology and genetics, and pre-history and archeology in search of answers to these and many other questions. He lucidly and engagingly demonstrates; the answers science gives about ourselves and the universe in which we live are incomparably more surprising and interesting than any mythical tale of a creator ever devised by any human culture. Indeed, science's proud journey of exploration and discovery is humanity's finest narrative yet, about how we trusted our intelligence to find out what we really are and who we can be ̶ intrepidly going wherever the evidence led. Even though science reveals that humanity may have no special place in the universe, humanity is truly special because of our ability to comprehend our universe to a large extent. Thus, this inspiring story of exploration and discovery is a celebration not only of science and its own journey but also of ourselves.

Exam Prep for: Big History

Exam Prep for: Big History
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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History of the Big Bonanza

History of the Big Bonanza
An Authentic Account of the Discovery, History, and Working of the World Renowned Comstock Silver Lode of Nevada, Including the Present Condition of the Various Mines Situated Thereon; Sketches of the Most Prominent Men Interested in Them; Incidents and Adventures Connected with Mining, the Indians, and the Country; Amusing Stories, Experiences, Anecdotes, & C., &c., and a Full Expostion of the Production of Pure Silver

by Dan De Quille,William Wright

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1876
  • Pages : 553
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Exam Prep for: Big History / Historia

Exam Prep for: Big History / Historia
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by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Routledge Companion to Big History

The Routledge Companion to Big History
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by Craig Benjamin,Esther Quaedackers,David Baker

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-08-01
  • Pages : 486
  • ISBN : 100018658X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Routledge Companion to Big History guides readers though the variety of themes and concepts that structure contemporary scholarship in the field of big history. The volume is divided into five parts, each representing current and evolving areas of interest to the community, including big history’s relationship to science, social science, the humanities, and the future, as well as teaching big history and ‘little big histories’. Considering an ever-expanding range of theoretical, pedagogical and research topics, the book addresses such questions as what is the relationship between big history and scientific research, how are big historians working with philosophers and religious thinkers to help construct ‘meaning’, how are leading theoreticians making sense of big history and its relationship to other creation narratives and paradigms, what is ‘little big history’, and how does big history impact on thinking about the future? The book highlights the place of big history in historiographical traditions and the ways in which it can be used in education and public discourse across disciplines and at all levels. A timely collection with contributions from leading proponents in the field, it is the ideal guide for those wanting to engage with the theories and concepts behind big history.

A Big History of Globalization

A Big History of Globalization
The Emergence of a Global World System

by Julia Zinkina,David Christian,Leonid Grinin,Ilya Ilyin,Alexey Andreev,Ivan Aleshkovski,Sergey Shulgin,Andrey Korotayev

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2019-04-12
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN : 3030057070
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book presents the history of globalization as a network-based story in the context of Big History. Departing from the traditional historic discourse, in which communities, cities, and states serve as the main units of analysis, the authors instead trace the historical emergence, growth, interconnection, and merging of various types of networks that have gradually encompassed the globe. They also focus on the development of certain ideas, processes, institutions, and phenomena that spread through those networks to become truly global. The book specifies five macro-periods in the history of globalization and comprehensively covers the first four, from roughly the 9th – 7th millennia BC to World War I. For each period, it identifies the most important network-related developments that facilitated (or even spurred on) such transitions and had the greatest impacts on the history of globalization. By analyzing the world system's transition to new levels of complexity and connectivity, the book provides valuable insights into the course of Big History and the evolution of human societies.

The Balkans in World History

The Balkans in World History
A Book

by Andrew Wachtel,Dean the Graduate School Andrew Baruch Wachtel

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the historical and literary imagination, the Balkans loom large as a somewhat frightening but ill-defined space. Most attempts at definition focus on geography (the actual mountain range that gives the area its name and the lands surrounding it) or, more recently, on the set of prejudices attached to the term by local and outside observers. There has been far less concern with attempting to define this space in positive terms, taking as a starting point not geography as such but rather the cultural, historical, and social threads that could allow us to see what might be merely contiguous places as a coherent, though complex, whole. The goal of this volume is to do precisely that. The Balkans should probably be defined as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations have overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, dynamic, sometimes combustible, multi-layered local civilization. It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, of Byzantium, of Ottoman Turkey, and of Roman Catholic Europe met, clashed and sometimes combined. The history of the Balkans can be seen as a history of creative borrowing by local people of the various civilizations that have nominally conquered the region. Each civilization has thus been hybridized, modified, and amplified by other voices and traditions.

EVOLUTION

EVOLUTION
Evolution and Big History: Dimensions, Trends, and Forecasts

by Leonid E. Grinin,Andrey V. Korotayev,Ken Baskin,Stephen I. Ternyik,Olga A. Sorokina,Rendt Gorter,Ken Gilbert,Craig Benjamin,Antonio Gelis-Filho,Anton L. Grinin,David Hookes,Antony Harper,Peter J. Richerson,Joe Brewer

  • Publisher : ООО "Издательство "Учитель"
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 570575146X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The present volume is the fifth issue of the ‘Evolution’ Yearbook series. Our Yearbooks are designed to present to its readers the widest possible spectrum of subjects and issues: from universal evolutionism to the analysis of particular evolutionary regularities in the development of biological, abiotic, and social systems, culture, cognition, language, etc. The main objective of our Yearbook is the creation of a unified interdisciplinary field of research, within which scientists specializing in different disciplines could work within the framework of unified or similar paradigms, using common terminology and searching for common rules, tendencies and regularities. Global evolution (in connection with the Big History) becomes the main subject of our Yearbook. We strive to arrange each issue in such a way that the line from cosmic evolution to the human future is evident. What is the subject of the present issue of the Yearbook? Similar to the previous issues, it shows some aspects of the evolutionary advance from the earlier phases to the anticipated future of human society. But on the whole, this volume is devoted to different aspects and facts of megaevolution and some universal theories in an attempt to find common ground in the diversity of manifestation of evolution and its forms at different stages of development. So the title of this issue, ‘Evolution and Big History: Dimensions, Trends, and Forecasts’, is fully justified (besides, several papers contribute to the field of Big History). The volume consists of four sections: Dimensions, Trends, and Aspects; Big History's Manifestations; Trends and Forecasts; and Reviews and Information. This Yearbook will be useful both for those who study interdisciplinary macroproblems and for specialists working in focused directions, as well as for those who are interested in evolutionary issues of Cosmology, Biology, History, Anthropology, Economics and other areas of study. More than that, this edition will challenge and excite your vision of your own life and the new discoveries going on around us.