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Big History - From the Big Bang until Today

University of Amsterdam via Coursera


Welcome to this Big History course! In this course, renowned scientists and scholars from the University of Amsterdam and beyond will take you on a journey from the Big Bang until today while addressing key questions in their fields. After completing this journey you will have developed a better understanding of how you and everything around you became the way they are today. You will also have gained an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that have helped shape the history of everything and how they wil help shape the future. Last but not least, you will have developed the skill to use this knowledge to put smaller subjects into a bigger perspective with the aid of the little big history approach, which can help you develop some new ideas on these smaller subjects.


  • Introduction
  • Cosmic History
  • The History of Earth and Life
  • Human History
  • Wrap up

Taught by

Esther Quaedackers


3.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at Coursera based on 237 ratings

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  • I really loved the professors at University of Amsterdam. I've been out of school for 25 years and while this was quite technical for me, I found I could get a lot out of it. However, I had to drop out because I was so frustrated with the grading…
  • This course lays out some nice ideas about connecting knowledge. The instructors are nice nad knowledgeable. However, giving lecture about various things such as the origin of chemical elements up to the agricultural development seems like a nice way of looking at things, but this only scratches the surface of the needed knowledge for such an approach. I would suggest focusing on one topic, and connecting it with the context and similar events. All in all, a nice course.

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