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A Brief History of the Last 13.8 Billion Years – ONLINE

Thu 23 Mar, 12:00 pm

About the event

ONLINE EVENT: David Baker talks about his new book, in which he traces the rise of complexity in the cosmos, from the first atoms to the first life, to humans and the things we have made. An online event released as a YouTube premiere on 23 March at 12 noon:

How did time begin? What conditions led to humans evolving on Earth? Will we survive the Anthropocene? And is it really true that we’re all made from stars?

Combining knowledge from chemistry, biology, and physics, with insights from the social sciences and humanities, A Brief History of the Last 13.8 Billion Years follows the continuum of historical change in the cosmos — from the Big Bang, through the evolution of life, to human history.

Finally, he looks at the dramatic and sudden changes we’re making to our planet and its biosphere and how history hints at what might come next.

David Baker is a history and science writer for He holds the world’s first PhD in Big History, studying under David Christian. He has delivered award-winning lectures at Macquarie University and the University of Amsterdam, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and wrote the YouTube series Crash Course Big History, hosted by John and Hank Green in partnership with the Gates Big History Project.


Event Date: Thursday 23 March

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Online (please note this event will be pre-recorded and released on YouTube to view)

Tickets: Free

Age guidance: 14+



Thu 23 Mar
12:00 pm
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