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36 Big Ideas | [The Great Courses]

36 Big Ideas

The Great Courses has produced thousands of lectures that have introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest and most fascinating ideas that humans have ever thought. Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get an interesting learning experience across a wide range of disciplines.
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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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    "Way outdated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The first lecture talks about the latest advancements in Astro-observation coming down the pike....in 2002!


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have more material from this decade.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 36 Big Ideas?

    The first one for beginners


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I wasted a credit - living in a time of unprecedented change, ideas get outdated by the year, so having a book that says it is from 2014, but containing lectures looking forward to 2002 is a bit silly.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    sharad maheshwari 07-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Collection of random lectures"
    What disappointed you about 36 Big Ideas?

    This series has random set of lectures from other Great Course series. Most of the time professors/narrators make reference to other lecture in their original course. Description of the this Great Course series does not tell that this is set of lectures picked from different courses. To me, this is cheating.


    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Sudbury, MA, United States 07-25-14
    Richard Sudbury, MA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Should have been titled "36 Not So Big Ideas""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book would have been better if its contents had agreed with its title.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was actually an advertising avenue to expose people to 'The Great Courses' product line. It would have been enjoyable if it had actually been a book about 36 great ideas that had significant impact on the lives of all people. Instead it was a book mostly about a variety of things that are of great interest to a very small select audience.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This was a reproduction of a single lecture from 36 different individuals, all of whom did a credible job of speaking before an academic audience.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The contents of this book included very little that corresponding to the grand title or of interest to me at all but even then the subject matter was dumbed down to the point where it was useless and uninformative.


    Any additional comments?

    I regret having purchased the book and expended my time on it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 12-29-14
    Saud 12-29-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    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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