The Biggest Picture

From the Formation of Atoms to the Emergence of Societies

Non-Fiction - Historical
303 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2015
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Author Biography

Wendy Curtis is the founder of GeoBookStudio. An ambitious high school dropout, she set off to explore and understand the world in her own terms. After years of endeavor, she went on to pursue conventional higher education and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Geology. This serendipitous path gave her the insight and skills to present an overview of historic events and complex scientific ideas in a clear manner. She currently lives in the five-college area ofWestern Massachusetts with her husband Mike.

Wendy Curtis is the author of The Biggest Picture and founder of GeoBookStudio.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Biggest Picture: From the Big Bang to the Development of the Big Bang Theory by Wendy Curtis presents the scientific community’s best theories about major events, from the Big Bang until present times. Beginning with the Big Bang and the creation of the simplest of the elements, it discusses the formation of stars and other heavy elements. Scientific theories of the birth of the sun and the solar system, as well as the concepts of evolution of life on earth are the topics to follow next. The path life takes, from the early dinosaurs to mammals, from control of fire to hunting and agriculture, and from civilization to civilization with different social stratification methodology is addressed both historically and practically, appropriate for any information seeker. The model of the universe presented here, the one evolving through time from a singularity, is in line with the theories extant on the subject.

The Biggest Picture: From the Big Bang to the Development of the Big Bang Theory by Wendy Curtis acquaints the reader with all that has happened in the past that leads to the present, and in a format that retains one's interest. A well formed index and intuitive internal organization of the book make it good for reference. This book is therefore useful both as study material for the uninitiated and as a source of consultation for the well informed. With high quality illustrations and a crisp and lively write up, this book is a worthy addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in oneself or one's surroundings.