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Big History
Examines Our Past, Explains Our Present, Imagines Our Future
By (author): DK Foreword by: David Christian
9781465454430 Hardcover English General Trade SCIENCE / History Oct 11, 2016
$62.00 CAD
Active 10.44 x 12.13 x 1.38 in | 5.71 lb 440 pages DK
The first fully integrated visual reference on Big History for general readers, placing humans in the context of our universe, from the Big Bang to virtual reality. Created in association with the Big History Institute and featuring a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian.

Featuring a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian, and aligned with the online course of the Big History Project LLC, 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.

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.

The Big History Project LLC: This book is aligned with the Big History Institute’s free online course aimed at middle- and high-school students and taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. A more condensed public course is available online and aimed at parents and lifelong learners who want to study Big History.

Influential foreword writer: This book will feature a foreword by the father of Big History, David Christian.

Support of other iconic individuals: Bill Gates is providing program support to jumpstart the Big History Project and has become a voice for the initiative, calling it his “favorite course of all time.” Bryan Cranston, most known for playing Walter White in Breaking Bad, narrated the Big History 15-episode mini-series which originally aired on the History Channel in 2013.

Unique: This is the first fully integrated visual reference on Big History for general readers. Other books on the subject are mainly academic or essay-based with few images.

Visual approach: Graphics, artworks, timelines, and specially commissioned CGI graphics work to explain key concepts and make the cause and effects of pivotal events instantly accessible.

DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world’s leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK’s aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.   Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot’s Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.

David Christian is the founder of Big History. He is also a distinguished professor at Macquarie University, cofounder, with Bill Gates, of the Big History Project, presenter of one of the 11 classic TED Talks with more than 6 million views, and instructor in the world’s first Big History massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. David has given hundreds of presentations internationally, including at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Global History and the Cambridge World History.

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"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

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