Library and Resources

Big History is a new field.  The first article on Big History, David Christian's The Case for Big History, was published in the Journal of World History in 1991.  Other important contributions have since followed in the field, including David Christian's Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History and Fred Spier's The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today.

Yet Big History's search for a more unified vision of knowledge is by no means new. As Erwin Schrodinger observed in 1944: "We have inherited from our forefathers the keen longing for unified, all-embracing knowledge."  This quest has inspired synoptic works in a number of disciplines, such as Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, and Edward O Wilson's Consilience.

This Macquarie Library guide provides a starting point to look for more information on Big History. Under each tab you will find books, websites and tips for finding more information about each threshold. You can also find books using the 'Big History' tag in Multisearch.

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Big History Library Guide