Recommendations by students
A few excerpts:
- It has been a pleasure, thank you for the great course.
- A very inspiring course.
I appreciated the discussions and Dr Spierís vast expertise and capabilities for explanation. He is a fantastic teacher.
really liked the overview of the big history of the universe, and although I already knew a lot thanks to my study, I still learned
new things. Now, I look at the world in a different perspective, often in a big history perspective.
- I really enjoyed Big History,
and I appreciate all the work that you put into the class. I learned a lot, and the entropy-energy-Goldilocks conditions theory that
you outlined has changed my view on the world. Of all the classes I've ever taken, this was the most impactful one.
- I have
taken lots of courses now at Amsterdam University College, but your course is the best.
- Big History is very different
to any other course I have taken at university or any other class at school. I am not used to questioning or looking in depth at specific
components of a topic, as I have never been asked to so. However, I believe that these skills will carry with me for the rest my career
as I would like to work in the public health industry looking at different perspectives, and the different components of these perspectives
will be very helpful when coming up will public health intervention.
I also believe that the skills that I have
acquired are ones that are not usually taught at universities, as university courses do not usually ask you to come up with questions
that you will not be able to answer. But, from this course I have learned the importance of asking these questions with no answers,
as these questions may lead one to a more interesting or important question that one would not have been able to come up with without
asking these questions with no answers.
I think that these skills, this manner of thinking, and observing what is
happening around you is what makes one stand out in the workforce and I will make sure to employ these skills whenever possible as
I am sure that they will be of great use to me.
- Extraordinarily interesting. Fred Spierís book is very good,
and reads very easily.
- The Big History book is great.
- Big History (the book) is fantastic!
- Very good book by
- The book and ideas were quite an eye-opener.
- The textbook was easy to read, and made several concepts like
physics for example, clear to understand, which I did not expect.
- I found this a most inspiring course that taught me insights
that I would probably not have received in the rest of my university education.
- I can truly say that after taking this course,
I've received a new way of looking at history that is much broader and well-rounded than I've experienced before.
- I think this
course is unusual in its creativity and zoomed-out perspective, which taught me skills that I would not so easily acquire in other
courses. I value the theoretical concept of the book as particularly useful. This has perhaps been the course with the most impact
in my semester.
- I really enjoyed the course. The discussions added a lot to the course and made the course material easier
to understand. The book was clear and interesting.
- Dr Fred Spier is an approachable, kind and dedicated teacher who is very
passionate about his works in the field of Big History. He really has interesting ideas which are very inspiring. Also taking us outside
and do 'experiments' with e.g. the compass was nice.
- Learned super interesting theories and ideas. Honestly the most interesting
course I have ever taken.
-The most enjoyable and most instructive course I have ever taken!
- We would like to sincerely
thank mister Spier for teaching us this course and for broadening our view on history. We urge you to keep on teaching Big History;
it has showed us an unique view on the world and its history.