“From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web™”
educational project

The Stone Age Institute has initiated a long-term, multi-facetted educational project called “Origins: FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™”.

From the Big Bang to the World 

Wide Web

Copyright 2011, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®. All rights reserved. Painting by artist John Agnew, commissioned by The Stone Age Institute.


We have selected the top 100 events in the evolution of the universe, the earth, life, and the human species, organized in ten nested time scales, each time scale diminishing by a power of ten (see below). In each time scale, we have selected a “Top Ten” list of events.

These time scales are:

Time Scale One

10+ billion
to one billion years ago

“From Nothing to Everything: The Origins of the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, and Life”

Time Scale Two

One billion to 100 million years ago

“All Creatures Great and Small: The Cambrian Explosion of Animal Life and Its Aftershocks”

Time Scale Three

100 million to 10 million years ago

“One Extraterrestrial Impact Can Ruin Your Whole Day: The Dinosaur Extinction and the Rise of Mammals”

Time Scale Four

10 million to one million years ago

“Upstanding Apes: The Rise of Hominins, the Role of Rock, and Food for Thought”

Time Scale Five

One million
to 100,000
years ago

“Becoming Human (or Just About): The Rise of Homo sapiens and our Neandertal cousins”

Time Scale Six

100,000 to 10,000 years ago

“The Creative Explosion: The Rise of Language, Symbolism, Religion, Art, and Music”

Time Scale Seven

to 1,000 years ago

“From Farm to City: The Neolithic and Urban Revolutions and Their Consequences”

Time Scale Eight

1,000 to 100 years ago

“Ages of Enlightenment: From the Dark Ages of Superstition to the Scientific Revolution”

Time Scale Nine

100 to 10 years ago

“Modern Times: The Last Century, Laying the Foundations to the World We Live In”

Time Scale Ten

The last ten years

“The Age of Connections: The Past Decade of Innovations and Their Implications”


The future

“Brave New Worlds: Predictions for the Future”


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This project will include an interactive web site, a book, a pocket brochure, several songs, and a museum exhibit (currently at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington, and later as a nationally touring exhibit).


To celebrate the project, an original song was written by co-Directors Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick. The song recording features singer/songwriter and national recording artist Carrie Newcomer, and the Stone Age Institute Band.


Listen to the song,
Click on the white > to play the song.

To download the song to your computer, click here and select "Save File" if prompted.

"From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web" © 2009 Nicholas Toth and Kathy Schick, THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®. All rights reserved. space