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Cosmology and Physics
Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
ContinentsThe Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
The Grand Design

Earth history
The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth
Annals of the Former World

Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolutionevolution fish
Why Evolution Is True

Teaching Big History
The Ancestor’s Tale
Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter
Journey of the Universe
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Social Conquest of Earth
Why Evolution is True

Multicellular development
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo
Your Inner Fish
The Regulatory Genome: Gene Regulatory Networks In Development And Evolution

A Sand County Almanac
Silent Spring
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
sunlight-through-treesThe Future of Life
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
Ecology and Religion
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau


Journey of the Universe
Journey of the Universe (Mary Evelyn Tucker, Chautauqua)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Connecting Kids to the Cosmos (TEDx, Bob Blain)
DNA StrandsLife (Discovery Channel online video series)
Emergence (NOVA video)
First Life (video – David Attenborough)Exploring Life’s Origins (Boston Museum of Science)
Life’s Greatest Miracle (NOVA video)
Earth on Edge


Big History Project
13.7 Cosmos and Culture
Environment 360
Deep Time Journey Network
Astronomy Picture of the Day
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