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Great Lessons – Timelines

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Creation of the Universe – now

http://eps.berkeley.edu/~saekow/chronozoom/launch/index.html
http://chronozoom.cloudapp.net/firstgeneration.aspx

Big History Timeline, one version is spread over a year:
http://www.bighistoryproject.com/Big-History/Timelines#
http://www.bighistoryproject.com/The-Latest-Word/BHP-TED-photo-gallery#
has an engaging talk by David Christian on the Big History, intro a bit boring for kids, history starts at ~4.20minutes on:
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/david_christian_big_history.html
http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf
and the timelines can be downloaded here: http://www.bighistoryproject.com/The-Latest-Word/Download-Print-Big-History-Timelines
Here’s a nice simple timeline, with stargazer’s (astronomers) bio:
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/universe/itsawesome/cosmiccalendar/index.html

The creation of the Solar system/Earth – now

Interactive, chock packed with information:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/change/deeptime/index.html

Here’s a graphically excellent geologic timeline starting from the formation of Earth 4.5 billion years ago, except that it’s pro monkey to man evolution: http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/prehistoric-time-line/

Anyway, Montessori’s own presented was a story, translated into English here: God Has No Hands

I’ve yet to work out how to do a series post. Anyway, I intend to edit the above link to be in line with Islam. So InshaAllah in a later post.

I saw something great about spotting galaxies in a Khan academy presentation, but have yet to locate it. Maybe later:
http://www.khanacademy.org/#browse

So, ain’t it all overwhelming? I’m looking for everything above laid out nicely a story in a book with magical illustrations, am I asking for too much? Here’s a poem from an overwhelmed poet anyway:

When I Heard the Learned Astronomer

by Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

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