Contents

Introduction

I. Evolution and Understanding of Big History


David Christian The Evolution of Big History: A Short Introduction
Abstract

Fred Spier Big History Research: A First Outline
Abstract

Eric J. Chaisson Cosmic Evolution – More Than Big History by Another Name
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Alexander Mirkovic Big History and the End of History
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Barry Rodrigue The Evolution of Macro-History in the United States
Abstract, Full text (.doc, .pdf)

Fig. John Mears, David Christian, Tom Gehrels, Eric Chaisson, Fred Spier (left to right). Big History panel at the Fourth In-ternational Conference of The Historical Society, Boothbay Harbor, Maine (USA) June 2004. Photograph by Kim Dionne.

Akop Nazaretyan Mega-Evolution and Big History
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II. Big History's Trends and Phases


G. Siegfried Kutter Stars, Life and Society: Evolution in the Making
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Tom Gehrels The Chandra Multiverse
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Walter Alvarez , Alessandro Montanari
and David Shimabukuro
Ex Libro Lapidum Historia Mundi: Reading History Written in Rocks
Abstract, Full text (.doc, .pdf)

Leonid E.Grinin,
Andrey V. Korotayev,
Alexander V. Markov
Biological and Social Phases of Big History: Similarities and Diversities of Evolution Principles and Mechanisms
Abstract, Full text (.doc, .pdf)

David Hookes The Evolution of Information Systems: From the Big Bang to the Era of Globalisation
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Diagram. The evolution of information systems: From the Big Bang to the Internet

Alexander Panov Post-singular Evolution and Post-singular Civilizations
Abstract, Full text (.doc, .pdf)

III. Essays on Big History


Nigel Hughes The Change We Can Believe In: Ten Facts about the Evolution of the Earth-Life System and their Relevance to current Global Environmental Change
Abstract, Full text (.doc, .pdf)

Jos Werkhoven Once upon a Time… There was a Story to be Told…
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Fig. 1b. From Powers of Ten, P. and P. Morrison (1985: 21–103)

Erika K. H. Gronek And Then There Was You…: A Children's Story of Science and Emotion
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Erika K. H. Gronek

Paula Metallo Brain Stretching: Art and Big History
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Fig. 2. Particular, mosaic, Pompeiano, year 79 CE

Gary Lawless Big History, Bioregionalism and Geopoetics
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Esther Quaedackers A little big history of Tiananmen
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Roland Saekow From Concept to Reality: Developing a Zoomable timeline for Big History
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James Tierney Two Themes Inherent in Big History
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