Publisher's Summary

As the home to big ideas, The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines.
How does electromagnetic radiation traveling at 186,000 miles per second tell us everything we need to know about the distant stars? Why do we prefer random rejection over always getting what we want? How does science explain our subjective experience - if it even can? These are just a few of the many scintillating questions whose answers you'll get in this lecture series. Scientists, historians, linguists, psychologists, archaeologists, and other experts guide you through topics, concepts, and events that are sure to amaze you.
You'll learn how the world's largest untranslated written language was made with strings and knots. You'll explore the idea of time's arrow, which offers stirring insights into the one-way direction of time. You'll focus on a strange (but true) sensory phenomenon in which people associate letters with colors. You'll investigate the fascinating cultural universality hidden inside heroic journeys by characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Arjuna in the Mahabharata. And much more.
Profound topics, deep insights, great professors - this lecture series is the perfect introduction to some of our most popular courses, and to some of the many ways in which our courses explain the seemingly unexplainable.
The complete list of contributors includes Professors Edwin Barnhart, Grant L. Voth, H. Craig Heller, Indre Viskontas, John McWhorter, and John R. Hale.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.
©2014 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2014 The Great Courses
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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 19-05-2015

36 Random Ideas

These lectures are good. They are not the 36 most important ideas ever- but they are great ideas. I would compare the lectures, each chapter, to randomly opening an encyclopedia to a page, & then getting a pretty good overview of the topic found. If you're into knowledge for the sake of just knowing things and how they work, this is a good listen.

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1 out of 5 stars
By SAMA on 29-12-2014

Inconsistent, awkward

This collection provides a series of lectures picked out from several great courses series, with no clear connection between one and the others. They might be interesting in the context of their own courses, but here they just feel jumbled and unnecessary.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By David Futerman on 24-03-2018

not yhe best

not well read and did not hold the attention. would not recommend it there are plenty better

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1 out of 5 stars
By James on 12-03-2015

A random pick humbled together

Absolutely no link between each one completely jumbled together , always been a fan of the great courses this however was a bad buy
Do not buy it

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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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