Meet the Author: David Christian

ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT

David Christian will be speaking about his new book, Origin Story. A Big History of Everything, an epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future.

Christian explores how we got from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet and why, in comparison, our closest primate relatives are reduced to near-extinction?

Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created.

Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

David Christian is a distinguished professor in modern history at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project, which has built a free online syllabus on the history of the universe that unites different disciplines and is taught in schools all over the world. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has given many keynote speeches, including Davos and TED, where his talk 'The history of our world in 18 minutes' has been viewed over seven million times.

 "I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative". Bill Gates.

The vote of thanks will be given by Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at ANU. Professor Hughes-Warrington's research has covered historical studies, historiography, the philosophy of history, and the history of education, and her books include Revisionist Histories (2013) and History goes to the Movies (2007).

This event will be chaired by Professor Frank Bongiorno, Head of the School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU. He is an award-winning Australian labour, political and cultural historian.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books wll be available to purchase.