In this talk by David Christian, the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project, and author of a major new book Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, Christian will take us on a journey from the Big Bang to the first stars to our solar system, life on Earth, dinosaurs, Homo Sapiens, agriculture, an Ice Age, empires, fossil fuels , and most importantly what happens next.

Join us for an inspiring tour of the history of the world, described by Bill Gates as “My favourite course of all time”: all in 59 minutes.



Origin Story is a majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth and development of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. All of this in just over 300 pages of captivating prose.” Sir Ken Robinson

I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative.” Bill Gates






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