Big History Project
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The Big History Project was started by Bill Gates and David Christian to enable the global teaching of big history .
David Gilbert Christian (born 1946) is an Anglo-American historian and scholar of Russian history notable for creating and spearheading an interdisciplinary approach known as Big History . [ 1 ] [ 2 ] He began teaching the first course in 1989 which examined history from the Big Bang to the present using a multidisciplinary approach [ 3 ] [ 4 ] with assistance from scholars in diverse specializations from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. [ 3 ] The course frames human history in terms of cosmic, geological, and biological history. [ 5 ] He is credited with coining the term Big History [ 6 ] [ 7 ] and he serves as president of the International Big History Association . [ 5 ] Christian's best-selling Teaching Company course entitled Big History caught the attention of philanthropist Bill Gates who is personally funding Christian's efforts to develop a program to bring the course to high school students worldwide. [ 5 ] [ 8 ] [ edit ] Early life
Throughout history, humans have attempted to understand the beginning of time and the universe, but a lack of technology and knowledge made this concept incomprehensible to earlier humans. In the past, humans have answered the mystery of the beginning through creation myths: mythic tales of animals, humanoids, and supernatural forces whose actions create the Earth and heavens, generally possessing religious significance.