“FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™” Copyright 2011, The Stone Age Institute®. All rights reserved. Painting by John Agnew, commissioned by The Stone Age Institute.
Our “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web” poster traces some of the major events in cosmological and biological evolution. Starting with the Big Bang in the center, and following a roughly spiral path, we see the evolution of matter to the first elements, then star formation, primitive galaxies, and the galaxies as we see them today. The Milky Way occupies the upper left, and the sun is located approximately where it should be in our galaxy. The moon and Earth are in the upper right, with a spiral path of the DNA double helix emerging from the earth. Along that path are a few of the major stages leading to hominids, and paralleling this are other paths leading to different animal groups. The Australopithecus holds a stone tool in his right hand and a modern smart phone in his left. Digital information is now intertwined with the double helix and a satellite looks for traces of the Big Bang.
Rough sketch of the “FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™” Copyright 2011, The Stone Age Institute®. All rights reserved. Artwork by John Agnew, commissioned by The Stone Age Institute.