Examines Our Past, Explains Our Present, Imagines Our Future
SCIENCE / History
Oct 11, 2016
10.44 x 12.13 x 1.38 in | 5.71 lb
- Author Bio
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.
Marketing: Google search campaign
National educator advertising campaign
Social media campaign across all platforms
Preview at ALA
Publicity: National consumer, trade, and educational press outreach
Contributor interviews and event appearances
"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