The Big History series asks questions guaranteed to change the way you look at the past. By weaving science into the core of the human story, Big History takes familiar subjects and gives them a twist that will have you rethinking everything from the Big Bang to today’s headlines.
See how a simple molecule launched wars, built monuments, sparked revolutions, and underpins our civilization even now.
The horse has been a revolutionary animal in unexpected ways. How did a changing planet turn the horse into man's best friend?
For thousands of years, cold controls the fate of our species by changing our bodies, our skin, and even the metals we use to fight our wars. Only by taking control of the cold do we learn to dominate the planet.
Humans have engineered massive constructions for at least 5,000 years. But why? How do biology and human emotions affect our desire to build gigantic structures?
Flight takes more than wings. We need the right kind of air, the perfect materials cooked up over billions of years, and cosmic forces that are just right for us to leave the ground without tumbling off into space. Big History reveals how planet Earth is the perfect planet for flight.
Humans have small teeth and no claws or armor, so how do we project our power? Warfare has defined traditional history, but Big History digs deeper to reveal how it all began.
The molecule that gives your morning cup its kick is caffeine, the most popular drug in history. How did a plant poison became our drug of choice, and stimulate revolutions around the planet?
They form boundaries, create natural defenses, and control our weather. Mountains make civilization possible, yet we were never designed to live in their extreme environments.
How cell phones link to the big bang,the human memory and the Titanic disaster.
Questioning the possibility that the entire universe is built off binary code.
Discovering the impact that space has had on our planet and how quickly they could snuff it all out.
The Sun is our master and creator, shaping our perception of time and, by extension, powering our lives. Big History sheds new light on our nearest star.
The human need for beef has driven history across the hemispheres, but how did we turn an ancient mega-beast into the cow we have today? Trace all the beef on earth back to a single prehistoric herd.
Water is the miracle molecule, and mankind has used its perfect properties to revolutionize our lives. Explore how the science behind water is the driving force of our history.
At critical moments in history, our second-place metal was the most important on Earth. How did this one metal save democracy and connect the world?