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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries | [The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson]

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?
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Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas.

So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

"We know a lot about the universe. But there's even more that we don't know," says astrophysicist and professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, an award-winning lecturer, and one of the world's foremost experts on the secrets of the universe. This course, which has been honored with a 2013 Telly Award for Outstanding Educational Program, features six self-contained lectures that transport you on a marvelous journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and introduce you to tantalizing questions being addressed by the world's top scientists. Engaging and fascinating, this lecture series is a wonderful entrée to scientific pursuits that lie at the very heart of the history and nature of our universe.

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.

©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Christopher Anderson 08-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Learning Experience"
    What did you love best about The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries?

    I love to learn, and this set of lectures contains a lot of valuable, thought provoking material.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not. Although I have watched Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Just as good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not sure it really applies. Although there is a video version of this already on Netflix.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    ANELLO Mount Pocono, PA, United States 09-05-14
    ANELLO Mount Pocono, PA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An enjoyable short course"

    In contrast to the expansive delivery style he used in Cosmos, Dr. Tyson's easy-going lectures seem much more intimate, as if he's talking directly to you. It was a joy to listen to him on my long commutes. The six lectures ended far too soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Prescotttom 08-07-14
    Prescotttom 08-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow! I never knew!"
    What did you love best about The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries?

    A top notch expert explains the details of these mysteries in the most engaging fashion. He keeps your interest up and you wish he had another 3 hours to tell more of the mysteries.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The prof. He explains very intricate details in a way that is easy to understand. I'd like to hear mote.


    What about Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson’s performance did you like?

    He was clear, detailed and spoke at a level that I could understand and found very interesting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done and very entertaining.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 12-30-14
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 12-30-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "The Inexplicable Explained"

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of best known physicists working today because of his ability to explain mind-blowingly complex science to civilians. In this short lecture series, he attempts to apply his unique ability to explain things to things he himself calls inexplicable -- atomic and sub-atomic particles, black holes, dark matter and dark energy, the multiverse, genesis, the origin of the universe, et. al.

    And he largely succeeds. In such a short course, he does not have the luxury of giving us background on every building block of science, so it certainly helps to come into this already knowing something about the periodic table, for example, or the general theory of relativity -- not at the Ph.D. level, just at the high school level. Even so, there is something here for everyone who has ever been curious about our origins and how we've come to know what we do know about it and how we are attempting to expand our knowledge into areas that remain mysterious and seem unsolvable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Tucker 12-22-14
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    "Excellent lectures but not new material"

    I was exceited to listen to courses taught by Neil deGrasse Tyson as he is one of my favorite lectures however I was disappointed by this audiobook as it does not cover any new material.
    I would not recommend this series to those who have listened to other lectures from Neil deGrasse Tyson or who have studied in this area. However, it is a great short series for those new to the subject.

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    Guilherme 12-22-14
    Guilherme 12-22-14 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Too short for such important subject"

    The most profound part of the book is the author's comparison of human and chimps. If we are genetically only one percent distant from chimps and can do some much more than them, what if we are to meet a species that is genetically one percent smarter than us?

    Overall is a good book, but as it's shortness suggest contains only questions, not answers. Good insights as the one mentioned above though.

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    pauline wakefield, Quebec, Canada 01-02-15
    pauline wakefield, Quebec, Canada 01-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love it"

    Very pleasing to listen to... Very understandable even if you know the science its good to have a revision...

    I love all the books in this series

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    Carsten Bryant 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Very informative. NDT is an excellent lecturer. I would definitely listen to another lecture series from him. He's a fantastic teacher.

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    Saud 12-31-14
    Saud 12-31-14

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

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    "A journey with a genius"

    Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson is known to stand out because of his staying in touch with the world around him, and knows how to break down and explain sophisticated models and theories to the layman.

    In this course, he explains the greatest mysteries of modern science. Definitely worth listening to, probably more than once.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rodrigo Madrid 09-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Science is exciting and enjoyable. Mr. DeGrasse is an excelent communicator and he is highly qualified to reveal the topics in a simple and understandable way.


    What other book might you compare The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries to and why?

    Books similar to Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson – was your favorite?

    Neil himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several passages but I remember the fact that chimps are humans had less than 1% of DNA difference that represents poetry, math, accumulative knowledge, etc.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Simply astounding! Neil's has such a way with his words. He speaks with such clarity that complex matters seem simple.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Only useful for those with little science knowledge
    Only good thing is it is quite short and cheap. Don't buy

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