Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

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 look A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. ...

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Title:Origin Story: A Big History of Everything
Author:David Christian
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Genres:History
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:357 pages pages

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything Reviews

  • MaryBeth
    Jul 15, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

  • Susan in NC
    Jul 22, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

  • Vassiliki
    Aug 29, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

  • Nancy Ellis
    Jun 25, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Dec 08, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

  • Lis Carey
    Nov 23, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

  • Caleb Masters
    Apr 08, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

  • Emma Sea
    Oct 14, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

  • Gene
    Jun 12, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

  • Arvind
    Oct 27, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

  • Tiffany
    Sep 19, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

    -The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history. -The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...

    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 ...

    The nerdiest book I've ever read. But it is a great scientific summary of the origin of our world. ...

    The best ever.... ...

    Worth the read. ...

  • Michael Huang
    Jul 04, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

    -The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history. -The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...

    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 ...

  • Dan Connors
    Dec 21, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

  • Martin Smrz
    Feb 09, 2019

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

  • Angelique Simonsen
    Nov 03, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

  • Tarek Amer
    Jun 15, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

    -The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history. -The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...

  • Anu
    Jan 06, 2019

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

  • Jaya
    Nov 10, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

  • Amir H
    Sep 05, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

  • Sumit Gouthaman
    Oct 25, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

  • Nadia Glass
    Oct 22, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

    -The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history. -The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...

    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 ...

    The nerdiest book I've ever read. But it is a great scientific summary of the origin of our world. ...

  • Sarah (WorldOfWonders)
    Oct 26, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

  • Janis
    Jun 14, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

  • Bill Gates
    May 21, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

  • Maneesh Patasaraiya
    Aug 30, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

    I read a recommendation for this book by Bill Gates and was lucky enough to get a copy quickly from the library. It was slow going at first as there was so much scientific information, much of which was not known when I was in school back in the 50s and 60s. However, in spite of the te...

    -The Big Bang created the Universe 13.8 billion years ago, the first of a series of key events in our history. -The appearance of stars 12 billion years ago and the way they die were important steps forward for the universe. -The earth was formed by the accumulation of debris about ...

    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 ...

    The nerdiest book I've ever read. But it is a great scientific summary of the origin of our world. ...

    The best ever.... ...

  • Arun
    May 30, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

  • Vladimir Stozhkov
    Dec 03, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...

    History bored me as a child. Who wants to know about kings and wars and dates? As I grew older, I realized that knowing how we got to today is a key part of understanding today as well as future. In Origin story, Christian offers a solid, all-encompassing scaffolding for everything we ...

    This book is obviously a remarkable effort. It attempts to capture "Big History" right from the moment of the Big Bang until the present. Then, it attempts to give a glimpse of the future as the universe tumbles towards its end as we know it. However, the main reason I did not enjoy...

    I love reading about the big picture and where things come from. It gives you an appreciation for what we have now and where we're going. I've always wondered how people can be so sure what existed before they were born. Without personal experience, everything is a guess, and who's to...

    I was fascinated by a soaring manner of the author to explain complex concepts in simple terms. The book covers many topics belonging to the humankind's origin story starting with the big bang and ending with future challenges such as scarcity of energy resources and others. I really l...

  • Brandy
    Jan 28, 2019

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

  • Tracy108
    Jun 07, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

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    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

  • Teo 2050
    Jun 06, 2018

    We all have an origin story. In some societies, they manifest as creation myths. In others, they look more like history textbooks. For example, as a kid in the United States, I grew up learning about the group of rebels who stood up to their British overlords and founded our country. I...

    David Christian's Origin Story: A Big History of Everything was my first go at 'big history' (13.8 billion years of it). Christian looked at threshold events the way futurists look at trends and singularities. These thresholds were like transitional mile markers differentiating one ord...

    loved this. Had the most wonderful sense of the sublime while reading it; I'm tiny and unimportant and my specific life could not matter less. Christian's framing of 21st-century power in terms of cell structures has made me deal better with my anxiety about how fucked the world is, an...

    The first thing I have done after finishing the book is to unlike Bill Gates' review (4/5) of it. I also suspect if he reviewed and recommended this not because he personally found it great, but because he wanted others to read it as a good, lucid introductory book on Big History. The...

    This was good, definitely good but just so. Felt more of a concoction of already familiar works of some of the famous historians, scientists, biologists and anthropologists. Was hoping for something more insightful... ...

    ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ???? ?? ????? ????? ???? ? ??? ????? ????? ??? ?? ???? ????? ???? ? ??? ?? ????? ?? ????? ???????. ????? ???? ??? ????? ???? ???? ?? ???????...

    I want to read more good nonfiction, and came across this intriguing title - it fit the bill nicely, giving me a new cautiously optimistic outlook and taking my mind off of the dreadful news headlines for a bit. First of all, I really enjoyed the dry humor and interesting observatio...

    A wonderful and relatively compact history book that does its best to tell the history of EVERYTHING, from the big bang to what the future may hold for us and our universe. Christian highlights various "thresholds" that our universe and then our species crossed to take history to its n...

    Multidisciplinary look at the modern origin story of humankind. It begins with the big bang (astrophysics, quantum mechanics, etc.) and talks about star formation and planet formation. Then it goes on to discuss the history of earth and of life on earth (biology, chemistry, geology, et...

    Fascinating, well written, & full of information that you probably don?t know, but should. Makes you think, wonder, & want to learn more. ...

    I'll be honest--it was a little difficult to concentrate on this as one of my summer selections, but I'm glad I did. The author is an engaging writer and I found myself carried along once I started. History and science are fascinating. Glad I picked it up. ...

    Every culture and tradition has had its origin story, its understanding of how the world came to be as they knew it, which formed the basis for their further understanding of how to live, interact with others, get food, make clothes. Our origin stories are the basis of how we understan...

    This is one that makes you think especially the last chapters ...

    I needed this book in my life! I knew most of it already, but to read the entire story as a whole was terrific! ...

    Great book. Especially the history of Earth is delivered in very cohesive and clear way. The one star down is for a bit repetitive covering of industrial era. Otherwise this should be a history book in school to understand the history of our planet. ...

    Very enjoyable read! Easy to follow, informative, and dense without being overwhelming. ...

    Having read Dr. Christian's previous text on Big History, Maps of Time, as well as having studied his course on Big History produced by The Great Courses (previously known as The Teaching Company), I found this an enjoyable refresher. It is a more condensed version of Big History than ...

    excellent book that condenses the entire knowledge on universe into a delightful read ...

    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....

    <7.5h @ 1.7x. Contents: (view spoiler)[Christian D (2018) (12:23) Origin Story - A Big History of Everything Preface Timeline Introduction ? A Modern Origin Story Part I: Cosmos 01. In the Beginning: Threshold 1 ? Jump-Starting an Origin Story ? Threshold 1: Q...