From Big Bang to Galactic Civilizations: A Big History Anthology
Big History is a new field that has been gaining ground rapidly around the world. It deals with the universe's grand narrative of 13.8 billion years and attempts to provide a connection between our past, present and future. Appearing in three volumes, this is the first international anthology of Big History. The first volume, Our Place in the Universe: An Introduction to Big History, provides an overview and notes trends in Big History today. The second volume, Education and Understanding: Big History around the World, considers humanity's search for meaning and expression.
The third volume, The Ways that Big History Works: Cosmos, Life, Society and our Future, reflects on how Big History helps us understand the nature of our existence and consider the pathways to our future. This volume will challenge and excite your vision of your own life as well as focus on the new discoveries happening around us. Together with the authors, who come from all the inhabited continents of our planet, you will embark on a fascinating trip into the depths of time and space, and—we hope—will join us in coming to an understanding of our origins and our future.
Big History emerged as part of this non-linear way of understanding the world. What the co-authors of this paper discovered in working together is that the insights of Complexity Theory, which studies the dynamics of non-linear systems, integrate powerfully with Big History. On one hand, it offers an approach to the dynamics, grounded in work in physics, chemistry, and biology, that Big History studies. On the other, it offers an avenue to a more comprehensive view of the challenges and possible solutions of a non-linear world.