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    Big History: From Big Bang to the Present (Paperback) By (author) Cynthia Stokes Brown


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    DescriptionAn epic book that Kirkus called "world history on a grand scale," Big History begins when the universe is no more than the size of an atom and ends with a twenty-first-century planet inhabited by 6.1 billion people. It's a story that takes in prehistoric geology, human evolution, the agrarian age, the Black Death, the voyages of Columbus, the industrial revolution, and global warming. Along the way historian Cynthia Stokes Brown considers topics as varied as cell formation, population growth, global disparities, and illiteracy, creating a stunning synthesis of the historical and scientific knowledge of humanity and the earth we inhabit. Big History represents a new kind of history, one that skillfully interweaves historical knowledge and cutting-edge science. In an age when scientific advances permit us to grasp the history of mankind in the context of its ecological impact on the planet, Brown's lucid, accessible narrative is the first popularization of this innovative new field of study, as thrilling as it is ambitious.

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    Big History
    From Big Bang to the Present
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cynthia Stokes Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781595584144
    ISBN 10: 1595584145

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    DC22: 909
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: D20 .B77 2007
    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps, figures, charts, graphs
    The New Press
    Imprint name
    The New Press
    Publication date
    28 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Ordinary stars turn hydrogen into helium, helium into carbon, and so on. But only supernovas can create elements beyond iron; the elements that make life on Earth possible originated in giant exploding stars. Thus, Cynthia Stokes Brown writes romantically, "we quite literally are made of stardust." Alas, romance doesn't last long in Brown's brief history of everything. The "universal ancestor" -- the first living cells on our planet -- may have been related to today's blue-green bacteria. So we are stardust, yes; but we are "pond scum," too. Not to mention farmers: The earliest crops planted in the Americas include chile peppers and pumpkins. And voyagers: The Polynesians who reached Easter Island about 1,600 years ago must have landed on American shores long before Europeans did. How else could sweet potatoes have been introduced to the Polynesian islands? There's much to argue about in Brown's account, and much to discover. -- Alan Cooperman "Histories with Sweep" (01/04/2009)