The Joy of Science : The Great Courses: Physics

  • by The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
  • Narrated by Professor Robert M. Hazen
  • Series: The Great Courses: Physics
  • 30 hrs and 31 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Science is humanity's greatest achievement. It ranges from the study of the universe itself to the smallest particles of matter contained within it - and everything in between. It explores everything from the big bang to theories about the end of the universe.
If you want to better understand our physical world, as most of us do, gaining a basic understanding of science itself is profoundly important - yet many are intimidated by the breathtaking scope of such an endeavor.
Now an award-winning science teacher has taken out the intimidation, harnessing that breathtaking scope into a series of 60 exciting, comprehensive, and accessible lectures that let you explore and understand the wealth of ideas, discoveries, and principles in all of the physical and biological sciences. You learn that understanding science comes from understanding not only its component disciplines - each of which has its own theories, pioneers, problems, and fundamental questions - but of knowing how these disciplines work with one another to create an entire mosaic of human knowledge.
The lectures have been crafted to make those relationships crystal-clear, with an integrated approach that takes you through all of the major disciplines that fall under the umbrella of "science," including physics, chemistry, Earth science, geophysics, and biology.
Each lecture covers one of the 60 fundamental principles of the scientific world - offering you new knowledge and insight into topics such as the scientific method, gravitation, atoms, the big bang, plate tectonics, volcanoes, proteins, ecosystems, and electricity.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Fantastic Fundamentals

My younger self found great distraction at school and as such I seem to have walked away from the fundamentals of a good education with little to show for it!
As an adult I have a voracious appetite to know how things work, which is not supported by my missing education. These lectures help fill in some of those gaps!
I enjoyed learning all the topics and found the lecturer engaging. Although it can be heard that he is conducting some experiments during a lecture or two, and as an audio version those visuals are sadly lost. He also mentions hand outs that accompany the lectures, again this is left to imagination.
My one criticism is that during the lectures it becomes clear that the speaker is talking pre 2000, so with 15 years between the time of the talks until now, many new revelations may have been made in such a dynamic field.
Overall, very interesting and a great way to make one curious about the world's workings!
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- jj_reviewerextraordinaire

Science lecture series

Great set of science lectures that I enjoyed listening to and intend to listen to again.
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- PJaff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses