Big History is a new field that has been developing rapidly around the world. It deals with the universe's grand narrative of 13.8 billion years and provides a connection between our past, present and future. This volume, the second in a three-volume series, considers humanity's search for meaning and expression. It seeks to challenge and excite our vision of daily life in light of the discoveries happening all around us.
This volume will interest not just scholars of Big History, Astronomy, Sociology, and Anthropology, but also general readers interested in understanding our existence as evolving life forms. The wealth of material constituting this volume may be used in colleges, schools, and research institutions around the world, such as Harvard University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the University of London, and NASA.
Barry Rodrigue is a geographer, archaeologist and historian who works as a Research Professor at the Eurasian Center for Megahistory and System Forecasting, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. Rodrigue is a founding member of both the International Big History Association and the Asian Big History Association.
Leonid Grinin is Senior Research Professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Deputy Director of its Eurasian Center for Megahistory and System Forecasting.
Andrey Korotayev is Senior Research Professor at the Eurasian Center for Megahistory and System Forecasting, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences and Head of the Laboratory for Monitoring Socio-Political Destabilization Risks, National Research University, Higher School of Economics.