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
ISBN:Origin Story
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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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

  • Mike
    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jamila Heckathorn
    Jun 09, 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

    I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book. ...

    History of universe and people with timeline in thresholds from one age to another with seven of so thresholds til we get to modern history. early on after big bang energy itself split up into 1 gravity, 2 the electromagnetic force, then the 3 strong and 4 weak nuclear forces. p.23 ...

    One of those ground breaking books. Ran across it because Bill Gates had it on the summer read list. "Big History" is a new field of science, one that tries to tell the story of the universe, planets, life and humanity in a single uniform narrative. I read a lot of books which cover ...

    it was really interesting and educational, but not overwhelming, right up until it got downright depressing. pretty much the cliffs notes of years of science and history that my brain had stored away, followed by the daunting plan of what can extend the life of our planet and species, ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Wanda
    Oct 28, 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

  • Jay
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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 ...

  • Steve Perryman
    Jun 13, 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

    I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book. ...

    History of universe and people with timeline in thresholds from one age to another with seven of so thresholds til we get to modern history. early on after big bang energy itself split up into 1 gravity, 2 the electromagnetic force, then the 3 strong and 4 weak nuclear forces. p.23 ...

    One of those ground breaking books. Ran across it because Bill Gates had it on the summer read list. "Big History" is a new field of science, one that tries to tell the story of the universe, planets, life and humanity in a single uniform narrative. I read a lot of books which cover ...

    it was really interesting and educational, but not overwhelming, right up until it got downright depressing. pretty much the cliffs notes of years of science and history that my brain had stored away, followed by the daunting plan of what can extend the life of our planet and species, ...

    Excellent history of our universe. I would consider this a must read for anyone interested in a contextual history of where we came from, where we are now and what the future looks like. ...

  • Patrick Pilz
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

    I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book. ...

    History of universe and people with timeline in thresholds from one age to another with seven of so thresholds til we get to modern history. early on after big bang energy itself split up into 1 gravity, 2 the electromagnetic force, then the 3 strong and 4 weak nuclear forces. p.23 ...

    One of those ground breaking books. Ran across it because Bill Gates had it on the summer read list. "Big History" is a new field of science, one that tries to tell the story of the universe, planets, life and humanity in a single uniform narrative. I read a lot of books which cover ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

  • Mansi
    Jun 17, 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

    I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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 ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

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

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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
    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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

  • Jerry Wall
    May 28, 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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. ...

    Comprehensive in scope and accessible in prose, Origin Story was a delight to read. I expect I will re-read this again regularly. Christian provided a very useful and broad summary of what has led us to today, and what our paths are forward. A compelling rallying cry, and a rare book t...

    This was every bit as interesting as Bill Bryson?s A Short History of Nearly Everything although the writing itself wasn?t quite as engaging. But that?s to be expected, not everyone shares Bryson's skill as a writer. On the plus side, this book?s structure in organizing ?Big...

    This is really a big history of humanity which is logical given our domination of Planet Earth. The writer does take the reader through everything from pre-Big Bang to the beginning of life to the emergence and growth of man to how he sees the future and the eventual end of the univers...

    I'd have given it 5 stars except the last couple of chapters just felt out of sync with the tone of the rest of the book. ...

    History of universe and people with timeline in thresholds from one age to another with seven of so thresholds til we get to modern history. early on after big bang energy itself split up into 1 gravity, 2 the electromagnetic force, then the 3 strong and 4 weak nuclear forces. p.23 ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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... ...

    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...

    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...

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    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...

    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. ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    <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...