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The Modern Scholar: Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe | [James Kaler]

The Modern Scholar: Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

As far as we can see there are countless other galaxies of all shapes and sizes set within an ever-expanding space that was created in a "Big Bang" nearly 14 billion years ago. Along with solutions to old puzzles, however, come new riddles, as most of our Universe appears to be in the form of some kind of unseen "dark matter" and incomprehensible "dark energy" whose natures and origins remain unfathomable.
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Publisher's Summary

"Over the past century, our vision has taken us far beyond the home Galaxy into the vastness of the Universe, where we find we are hardly alone. As far as we can see there are countless other galaxies of all shapes and sizes set within an ever-expanding space that was created in a "Big Bang" nearly 14 billion years ago. Along with solutions to old puzzles, however, come new riddles, as most of our Universe appears to be in the form of some kind of unseen "dark matter" and incomprehensible "dark energy" whose natures and origins remain unfathomable. Yet with all our questions - and knowing that there are questions still to be asked - we have learned the most important lesson: that all of this Universe is our home, that it took all of it to make us, that it is ours to behold and enjoy.While this course stands on its own, it is also an ideal complement to the first course of the set (Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets), which covers celestial motions, constellations, telescopes, and planetary astronomy, all of it then integrated into a full picture of space and time.

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©2004 James Kaler; (P)2004 Recorded Books

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    R. David Mintz Cary, NC USA 03-04-10
    R. David Mintz Cary, NC USA 03-04-10 Listener Since 2001

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    "Absolutely awesome!"

    A can't say enough about how good this James Kaler is. His descriptions are so clear, so vivid, that listening to his "lectures" is more like watching a superbly narrated and vividly illustrated movie or video. As simply a demonstration of how interesting and enthusiastic a lecturer can be, this book/lecture is worth a listen. If you have any interest in astronomy, and the "wonders of the universe", this is it. It don't get 'no better!
    I've gone on to research his books at Amazon, and they are uniformly highly reviewed. I just purchased his "Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Stars". He is better than the much more expensive lecture series I have watched from The Teaching Company on astronomy, which is given by Alex Filipenko of UC Berkeley, and that is excellent as well.

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    Andrew SydneyAustralia 04-25-09
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    This is the perfect audiobook for the layperson who wants to learn about the universe we live in. It is both fascinating and entertaining.

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    "By far my best science AudioBook ever..."
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Hugely Passionately Informative


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    richard panek's 4% universe for the voice, but actually better since we hear the professor himself


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his infectuous enthusiam for the subject


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no,...I just paid attention like a madman because the delivery is fast, admiring the enormous command of the subject, and knowing that at any rate I would have to and want to go for second listen the next time i walk the dogs to the beach, a long one.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it...it is the most pleasant way I found to be awe-inspired this month.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Troy PLATTSMOUTH, NE, United States 12-05-12
    Troy PLATTSMOUTH, NE, United States 12-05-12
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    "Great Instruction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great for those that have common high school education background to build on.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are any Astronomy enthusiast that wants to build on his or her understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John St. Simons Island, GA, United States 05-03-13
    John St. Simons Island, GA, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Challenging Subject Made Enjoyably Comprehendible"
    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    Two Things: 1) Each lesson logically flowed to the next and steadily built a base of knowledge that prepared me to understand the next topic. 2) Kaler is committed to clearly focusing on key concepts and facts and is careful not to overwhelm the listener. His measured progression was brilliant.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kaler is an expert astronomer and passionate teacher. I would enjoy spending time with him in the class room or over a cup of coffee.


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

    I never got tired of listening to Kaler but I preferred listening to one lecture at the time.


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    Mike 09-01-14
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    "Prof. Kaler's lectures set the standard."
    Would you listen to The Modern Scholar again? Why?

    I've listened to it 3 times in the 5 or so years I've owned it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    His description of type 2 supernovas. I listed to twice while falling asleep on a business trip.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    The chapters featuring Prof. Kaler's explanations of star formation and destruction, and discussing the different types and "populations" of stars, are


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A tour de force of a lecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 02-10-14
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome course!"

    The universe is strange and endlessly fascinating. There is so much we don't yet understand yet what we have learned so far is mindblowing. This course is a fast paced review of our current knowledge of the cosmos. If you like astronomy you will like this course. Prof Kaler does a great job here. Some of this stuff is pretty complex and just plain weird and he does a great job making it as understandable as possible. Not only does he explain what we think is out there he explains how we figured out what we know, which is very interesting in itself.

    Excellent course. I really enjoyed it.

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