Part 1: A Brief State of the World Address
Basic Earth Science
- The earth in the solar system.
- The size and composition of the earth.
- The sun, as our principal source of energy.
- The atmosphere, its composition, structure, and thermodynamics.
- Water, its states as vapor, liquid and ice, its chemistry.
- The origin of life and its effects on carbon and oxygen cycles.
- The tilt of the earth and the oscillation of seasons.
- The earth's structure and magnetic field.
- Plate tectonics: oceanic and continental crust, plates, trenches.
- Radioactivity, geothermal energy, convection currents, hot spots.
- Erosion and the building of sedimentary rocks.
- Solar energy storage as coal, oil and natural gas.
- A climate map: continents, oceans, thermal currents.
- The evolution of life, colonization of the continents.
- Catastrophes and mass extinctions.
- Origins and early human migrations.
- Hunter-gatherer tribal structure.
- Ice ages and impact of current interglacial period.
- Early development of agriculture.
- Domestication of animals and the harnessing of animal power.
- Use of tools, development of metallurgy.
- Organized warfare and empire building.
- Development of writing.
- Development of axial age religions.
- Development of intercontinental trade.
- Urbanism and the impact of plagues and famines.
- Islam and the Crusades.
- The age of European exploration, expansion, and imperialism.
- The slave trade and the development of racism in the Americas.