Math, science, history, unraveling the mystery that all started with the big bang!

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While I was watching this TED Talk, given by David Christian, I kept hearing the theme song to The Big Bang Theory in my head. Christian’s TED talk condenses the history of our universe- from the Big Bang to the Internet- into a span of less than 18 minutes. The Big Bang itself takes him about 4 minutes to cover, which I found particularly amusing, given the fact that it took my geology professor a day and a half. Obviously, Christian is paring down history to the bare essentials, but he also includes a very important element that I think is often overlooked when giving an overview of history- people. The human element is shown by Christian to be vital to our “big history”, as he says. When I teach social studies to my students, I encourage them to look at the people who are involved the events we study, because when you think about it, that’s what history is- people making decisions, people making choices, and people affecting other people.

I encourage you to watch this video; it is only 17:40 and Christian does an outstanding job of engaging the audience and balancing complex topics with “user-friendly” narration.

And you should probably check out The Big Bang Theory, too. 😉

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One thought on “Math, science, history, unraveling the mystery that all started with the big bang!

  1. I agree Christian takes a tough topic and does interesting things with it. I kept finding myself wanting to iron his shirt, though. I didn’t know that when very large stars died 200 million years after the Big Bang, they released enough heat to create new elements, such as those in the Periodic Table. I agree everyone should also check out The Big Bang Theory. I know it’s my favorite show!

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