A new venture from Bill Gates melds history and science to tell the entire story of our universe.

The Big History Project, announced at this year's TED conference, takes on the history of the world — all 13.7 billion years of it — and makes it comprehensible to high school students with the goal of inspiring them to be curious and think critically.

Touted as “the introduction to everything,” Big History Project is based on a series of lectures given by Australian professor David Christian, and co-founded by Bill Gates. After listening to Professor Christian's lectures, Gates decided that their eloquence and all-encompassing direction would make them an essential resource for high school students because they were able to traverse the boundaries between science and history, making him view both disciplines in a new light.

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