Big History, Complexity Theory, and Life in a Non-Linear World
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.