Big History

posted Oct 27, 2015, 5:52 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 5:55 AM ]
Big History begins with the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago.  This is universal history that is the history of the universe itself.  As Mark Twain wrote, 'If the Eiffel Tower were now representing the world's age, the skin of paint on the pinnacle-knob at its summit would represent man's share of that age'.

OK...but is it history? Or should we leave these subjects to experts in cosmology, astronomy, geology and other such sciences?  Is it ethical, say, for an expert in Russian history to make a TED talk covering the history of the world in 18 minutes?  Bill Gates thinks so: in 2008 he saw a DVD of a video course made by David Christian, and has been a big supporter of Big History every since.

Watch the TED talk and see what you think.