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The Great Courses: Science & Mathematics


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  • The Darwinian Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
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    Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - the text that introduced the world to natural selection - is among a handful of books that have changed the world. But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Now, in 24 absorbing lectures by an award-winning teacher, you'll learn the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea change in human thought that resulted.

    Christopher says: "Awesome!"
  • Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Narrated By Professor Sherwin B. Nuland
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    Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine.

    Mark E Faith says: "Great Review of Medicine's history"
  • The History of Science: 1700-1900

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
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    The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others.

    Juha says: "My dream school would use these"
  • Philosophy of Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser
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    What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

    Claire C McLauchin says: "Wonderful series"
  • Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson
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    In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

    Mark says: "Great CLEP review"
  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
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    If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

    Gare&Sophia says: "The Oxford level of examination of psychology"
  • The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Edward J. Larson
    • Narrated By Professor Edward J. Larson
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    Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution-the idea that life on earth is the product of purely natural causes, not the hand of God-set off shock waves that continue to reverberate through Western society, and especially the United States. What makes evolution such a profoundly provocative concept, so convincing to most scientists, yet so socially and politically divisive? These 12 eye-opening lectures are an examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate.

    William H. says: "Emphasis on history based account of evolution"
  • Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Francis B. Colavita
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    In this series of 24 fascinating lectures, an acclaimed teacher and psychologist gives you a bio-psychological perspective on both the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us and an understanding of the ways in which that process is ever-changing.

    Douglas says: "Another Excellent Selection..."
  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence M. Principe
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    For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

    Martin Yamane says: "Heavy on Theology"
  • The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Hawks
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    Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins.

    marcus says: "Current to spring 2014. Good science up to date."
  • How We Learn

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Monisha Pasupathi
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    Learning is a lifelong adventure.It starts in your mother's womb, accelerates to high speed in infancy and childhood, and continues through every age. Whether you're actively engaged in mastering a new skill, intuitively discovering an unfamiliar place, or even sleeping-which is fundamental to helping you consolidate and hold on to what you've learned-you are truly born to learn around the clock.But few of us know how we learn, which is the key to learning and studying more effectively.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not very useful"
  • Origins of Life

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    Four billion years ago, the infant Earth was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors, and hot noxious gases, totally devoid of life. But a relatively short time later-only 100 million to 200 million years-the planet was teeming with primitive organisms.What happened? Now you can find out-in a series of 24 vibrant lectures from a leader of the NASA-supported team studying the origins of life in the universe and also one of the nation's foremost science educators.

    Terry Groff says: "Excellent course"
  • Great Ideas of Classical Physics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
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    Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe.

    C. D. White says: "Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest"
  • Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Paul Rosenzweig
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    Cyberspace is the 21st century’s greatest engine of change. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production - virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more.

    Todd Algren says: "A well-packaged set of zero surprises."
  • Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Your senses aren't just a part of you-they define you. Nothing you experience would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know? Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous.

    Douglas says: "Another Absolutely Marvelous..."
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Pollock
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    Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

    Greg says: "Fantastic but Dated"
  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman
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    What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

    Neil Brightwell says: "Absorbing"
  • Earth's Changing Climate

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
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    Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus on global warming evolved out of basic physical principles and a broad range of observations. This lucid series of 12 lectures is designed to do exactly that-reviewing the most up-to-date research and explaining the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is indeed warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.

    Kristi Richardson says: "Weather is day to day, climate is long term."
  • Psychology of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David W. Martin
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    Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great listen"
  • Biology: The Science of Life

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stephen Nowicki
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    One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most.As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world.

    Eran says: "Great for starters to biology"
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