Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, With a New by David Christian

By David Christian

An advent to a brand new means of heritage, from a standpoint that stretches from the start of time to the current day, Maps of Time is international heritage on an unparalleled scale. starting with the large Bang, David Christian perspectives the interplay of the flora and fauna with the newer arrivals in natural world, together with humans. Cosmology, geology, archeology, and inhabitants and environmental studies--all determine in David Christian's account, that is an bold review of the rising box of "Big History." Maps of Time opens with the origins of the universe, the celebs and the galaxies, the solar and the sunlight procedure, together with the earth, and conducts readers in the course of the evolution of the planet ahead of human habitation. It surveys the advance of human society from the Paleolithic period during the transition to agriculture, the emergence of towns and states, and the beginning of the trendy, business interval correct as much as intimations of attainable futures. Sweeping in scope, finely concentrated in its minute aspect, this riveting account of the recognized international, from the inception of space-time to the customers of world warming, lays the foundation for international history--and monstrous History--true as by no means ahead of to its identify.

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2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. A modern “Malthusian cycle,” 1750–2100? 3. 1. 1. 1. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 1. A chronology of the cosmic future in an open universe A1. The geological timescale FOREWORD Maps of Time unites natural history and human history in a single, grand, and intelligible narrative. This is a great achievement, analogous to the way in which Isaac Newton in the seventeenth century united the heavens and the earth under uniform laws of motion; it is even more closely comparable to Darwin’s nineteenth-century achievement of uniting the human species and other forms of life within a single evolutionary process.

University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England First paperback printing 2005 � 2004, 2011 by The Regents of the University of California ISBN 978-0-520-27144-9 (pbk. : alk. paper) The Library of Congress has cataloged an earlier edition as follows: Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Christian, David, 1946–. Maps of time : an introduction to big history / David Christian. p. —(The California world history library; 2) Includes bibliographical references and index.

Maps of Time has also gone international, with translations into Spanish and Mandarin, which means it is now available in the world’s three most widely spoken languages. A Korean translation is in preparation. Since 2004, interest in big history has grown, and now big history can realistically be thought of as a rapidly emerging field of teaching and scholarship. org. 1 In 2007 I recorded a set of lectures on big history published by the Teaching Company, and the college-level text in big history that I have written with Cynthia Brown and Craig Benjamin will be available in 2012.

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