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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Rich and expansive

An absolutely amazing breadth covering all manner of topics. Because it is a lecture series, the performance isn't as polished as an audio book, but solid, clear and engaging. Only weakness is that it is really starting to show its age, there have been many advancea in science since this series was recorded. Bear in mind too that it is done by Americans for Americans, so it uses a lot of imperial units (Fahrenheit, pounds, miles, etc) when, strictly speaking, it should be using metric or SI units for a global audience or even a true scientific audience.
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- Adam

Great coverage of a huge topic just a little dated

Where does The Joy of Science rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Joy of Science is a great way to cover a lot of territory without getting too bogged down in any one area. The fact that the course is nearly 20 years old however does show up in several areas, astronomy in particularly the search for other habitable planets, genetics and particle physics (the LHC was nearly a decade from being built when this course was recorded). This does detract from an otherwise excellent course.


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- Mr

Book Details

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