By Tom Vander Ark
"After Bill Gates saw a series of lectures by David Christian on big history Gates said, “He really blew me away. Here’s a guy who’s read across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences and brought it together in a single framework. It made me wish that I could have taken big history when I was young, because it would have given me a way to think about all of the school work and reading that followed. In particular, it really put the sciences in an interesting historical context and explained how they apply to a lot of contemporary concerns.”
"Gates and Christian met and launched the Big History Project, an effort “to get Big History taught to as many students around the world as possible.” The team then went out to recruit current high school teachers, university level educators and curriculum specialists to design the course – working together with software developers and designers."