1. What Is Big History?

Lessons
1.0—Welcome to Big History
1.1—Scale
1.2—Origin Stories
1.3—What Are Disciplines?
1.4—My Big History
Glossary
Other Materials
Resources
About this unit
Where did everything come from? How did we get to where we are now? Where do humans fit in? Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories of different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. Big History attempts to answer them by examining the entire past of the Universe using the best available ideas from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, and history. Throughout the course, you’ll explore different scales of time and space and view human history from new angles. You’ll learn what we know and what we don’t, consider our place in the Universe, and develop your own ideas for what the future may hold.