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Macquarie University history professor David Christian tells the saga of humanity in context – an ambitious, impressive undertaking – though people don’t appear until Chapter 7, after an overview of the universe. Christian tells a contextualized history, starting with the big bang. Scientific purists may dislike the agency he awards certain principles or objects, and his ambition is huge. But, his informed, insightful, useful history gives new perspectives on old stories and a lens for understanding contemporary society. Readers will revel in his vast knowledge and remarkably accessible style.
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David Christian, DPhil, is director of the Big History Institute and distinguished professor of history at Macquarie University in Sydney. He was founding president of the International Big History Association and co-founded (with Bill Gates) the Big History Project. His 18-minute 2011 TED Talk on the history of the universe has been viewed nearly one billion times.
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