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 looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creati...
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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews
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 it dry, but as someone who struggles to wrap her brain around certain scientific principles, it was... a lot of science. Atoms and energy and chemicals and lots of numbers.
The content seemed front-heavy, and it rus ...more
Learned so much from this book!!!
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
. . . electromagnetism is . . . 10 to 36th times as strong as gravity. p. 28
. . . the first living organism as Luca (Or LUCA, from "last universal common ancestor. . . p. 90
. . . symbols (deceptively simple words like ...more
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.
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 universe. Christian has that knack like Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson of making the driest,most esoteric physics and biology fascinating. I thought when he tried to predict the future of Man he lost his way a little ...more
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 prokaryotes, eucaryotes, to evolution and the rise of mammals; (c) the social part from hunter-gatherer society, farming-enabled complex society, to industrialized and information-age modern society.
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 the universe, things break down and energy is released. Life is the opposite of that, life conserves energy and creates things. The theory in this book, and in Origin is that Life actually makes entropy more efficient ...more
<7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents:
(view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything
– A Modern Origin Story
Part I: Cosmos
01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1
– Jump-Starting an Origin Story
– Threshold 1: Quantum Bootstrapping a Universe
– The First Structures
– The First Atoms
– What’s the Evidence?
02. Stars and Galaxies: Thresholds 2 and 3
– Free Energy: The Driver of Complexity
– Galaxies and Stars: Threshold 2
– A Universe with Galaxies and Stars
– Ne ...more