Library and Resources
Big History is a new field. The first article on Big History, David Christian's The Case for Big History, was published in the Journal of World History in 1991. Other important contributions have since followed, including David Christian's Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History and Fred Spier's The Structure of Big History: From the Big Bang until Today. The first college level text book Big History: Between Nothing and Everything by David Christian, Cynthia Brown and Craig Benjamin, was published in 2013. The first illustrated reference book Big History was published by Dorling Kindersley in 2016. Upcoming popular works include Origin Story by David Christian and Winter is Coming by David Baker.
However, Big History's search for a more unified vision of knowledge is by no means new. As Erwin Schrodinger observed in 1944: "We have inherited from our forefathers the keen longing for unified, all-embracing knowledge." This quest has inspired synoptic works in a number of disciplines, such as Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time, Edward O Wilson's Consilience, and Eric Chaisson’s Cosmic Evolution.