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Professor David Christian, D.Phil.

Professor David Christian
  • Macquarie University
  • Oxford University
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Doing a course on big history let me reach many smart and influential people with a powerful modern, science-based origin story linking cosmology, geology, biology, history, even futurology into a single coherent story! Fun!

Dr. David Christian is Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He earned a B.A. in History from Oxford University, an M.A. in Russian History from The University of Western Ontario, and a D.Phil. in 19th-Century Russian History from Oxford University. He previously taught at San Diego State University. Professor Christian's course on big history stems from an experimental history course he developed in the late 1980s with the help of colleagues in astronomy, geology, biology, anthropology, and prehistory. In addition to Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (which won the 2005 World History Association Book Prize), Professor Christian is the author of numerous works including This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity. Professor Christian is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He was one of the editors of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History and also participated in the creation of the world history website World History for Us All.

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17 Courses and Sets

  1. Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    David Christian
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    The history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—is a monumental story you explore in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. Taught by award-winning Professor David Christian, this course offers you a unique opportunity to view human history in the context of the many histories that surround it. In 48 thought-provoking lectures, you traverse the sweeping...
  2. (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History  Set

    (Set) Development of European Civilization & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  3. (Set) Joy of Science & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity   Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,144.90 $549.90$1,144.90
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder that lies at the heart of science and history with these two comprehensive courses. Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of the key principles underlying all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of contemporary genetic research. In Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, get an astounding and...
  4. (Set) A New History of Life & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  5. (Set) How the Earth Works & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Expand your horizons and strengthen your understanding about the planet we call home. In How the Earth Works, explore the fascinating processes involved in our planet's daily life and discover insights into volcanoes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. Then, in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, take an enormous leap backward and examine the history of the world from the...
  6. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Embark on an unforgettable trip through billions of years of history in this two-course set that immerses you in the drama and excitement of the past. In Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, traverse the sweeping expanse of cosmic history—13.7 billion years of it—starting with the big bang and traveling through time and space to the present moment. After this epic journey,...
  7. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Prepare for an unforgettable learning experience with this two-course set that offers eye-opening looks at two larger-than-life subjects. The history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—is a monumental story you explore in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, discover how this scientific...
  8. (Set) Darwinian Revolution & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) Darwinian Revolution & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    How did Darwin change the course of science and society? What does a history of everything look like? The answers to these questions can be found in this two-course set. In The Darwinian Revolution, explore the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the resulting sea change in human thought. And Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity...
  9. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity; A Brief History of the World; & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,287.95 Starting at $191.90 $356.90 $191.90$356.90
    Master the epic scope of three levels of human history with these three courses that are comprehensive and—more important—easily accessible ways to learn about thousands of years of history. First, explore the monumental history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. Then, capture the "big...
  10. (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  11. (Set) Big History & War and World History Set

    (Set) Big History & War and World History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
    Examine history from two unique vantage points in this two-course set. First, travel back with Big History and explore time from the first life on earth all the way up to the remote future. Then, in War and World History, learn how warfare shaped human history and the current states of civilization.
  12. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Take two intriguing scientific perspectives on the history of the world and the story of human life with this two-course set. Start with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, which ties together academic disciplines, including cosmology, geology, and biology, to create a comprehensive look at the past. Then, embark on the search to find out how life emerged on our amazing planet with...
  13. (Set) Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Grasp the most important moments in the history of human civilization—and even the universe itself—with this illuminating two-course set. Start with a survey of the remarkable innovation that signaled the greatest transition in human history, the domestication of plants and animals, in Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact. Then, take an enormous leap backwards and examine the history of...
  14. (Set) Interpreting the 20th Century & Big History  Set

    (Set) Interpreting the 20th Century & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90
    Examine the extraordinary story of the 20th century and the democratic world order it established in Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle over Democracy. Then, take an enormous leap backward and explore the history of the world from the birth of the universe to the latest developments in human civilization in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. Both courses are unique...
  15. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & A Brief History of the World  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & A Brief History of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Finally—master the epic sweep of human history in these two fantastic courses. In Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, discover how various scholarly disciplines—including geology, cosmology, anthropology, and history—create a comprehensive picture of history unlike anything you've seen before. In A Brief History of the World, zero in on the history of human...
  16. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Big History  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  17. (Set)  The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Big History Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90