David Christian

Professor of Modern History
Sydney, Australia

About David

Languages

English, French, Russian

TED Conference

TED2011

Areas of Expertise

Russian History, World History, Big History

An idea worth spreading

Those at school today will face huge challenges at a threshold moment in human history. Understanding the story of big history, and how it can help us see our place in the history of the earth and the Universe, will be a vital intellectual tool for them as they face a complex and exciting future.

I'm passionate about

Big History! The idea of a modern creation story that embraces the whole of time, helps us see our place in the universe, and is based on the best of modern scientific knowledge.

Talk to me about

Big history, complexity and the Universe, what makes us human

People don't know I'm good at

People don't know that I am a Russian historian and a specialist in the history of vodka