I quite enjoyed listening to this lecture. It helped me construct a big picture of the evolution of evolutionary idea (the sentence writes itself!). P..Show More »rof Larson gives a concise account of the controversy and to some extent, investigates its roots, without ever assuming a judgemental tone which I appreciated very much. I study evolution for a living and it just boggles my mind that there are a number of people in the world who would dispute evolution. However the name calling that passes for discussion on the web on this or any other topic, gets on my nerves. I found it very useful to understand the roots of this controversy from a non-passionate viewpoint.
I did not realise until after listening to the course that I have also read a book by Prof Larson on the same theme. I can recommend the book as a complement to this course for interested readers.
I would love it TGC could arrange for someone to extend this theme to a worldwide context, that is if evolution is controversial outside of the US.
Professor Goldman made me want to go back to the study of Science. His presentation, his knowledge and the love for his subject were obvious in every..Show More » lecture. This is one lecture series that you cannot put down. I was lost with some of the complex scientific content, but, that just made me want to listen again and go and buy the notes that go with the series.
Really great commentary, interesting perspective even if overtly biased (somewhat revisionist).
Even though some of the back stories were go..Show More »od, there were a lot of ones about cathedral imagery and far fewer about the interesting lives that the "scientists" (natural philosophers) led. If you enjoy hearing slightly more drawn out biographies about the scientists, then I highly recommend the very enjoyable Concise History of Everything, which is also on Audible.
I can't critique the professor too harshly though because it was informative to have a theologian scholar reflect on this time period when religion and natural philosophy were so often intertwined. Sometimes I was left wishing the professor understood the actual science behind the history as well as he knew to draw on obscure biblical references when discussing the divinity of natural philosophy. The Arabic scientific knowledge chapters were presented well but were way too brief. Eastern learning was entirely left out.
It is just a small minority who are interested (or who have to study) history of physics. So this is not an audiobook for great audiences. But for peo..Show More »ple like me this is A DREAM COME TRUE. I really enjoyed this clear history in an audible form, which allowed me to listen to it where ever. I only wish I could be examined on these instead of cumbersome paper books.
Great way to put in perspective the evolution of scientific works, and assist in acquiring an organized grasp of the most important achievements in sc..Show More »ientific history. Professors Goldman is a serious narrator.
It's literally a page turner. Each lecture leads into the next, touching on aspects of human history that one has learned about but never really analy..Show More »zed in this context. Professor Goldman brings his arguments to life - well reasoned, crystal clear and intellectually challenging. For the most part objective too
I'm a physics grad student and never had the time to formally take any philosophy classes, let alone specifically on the philosophy of science, but ge..Show More »tting into my work made me want to have a philosophical framework through which I could see everything I was doing. I wanted to understand what made science, science, so I could put my research in a broader context. This class, which was brilliantly written and spoken, helped me get glimpses of many different bodies of thought and gave me enough of a framework to develop a personal philosophy. Everything is very well explained with an well thought out historical narrative throughout.
All in all, I cannot recommend this series enough. I loved it and I'm sure you will too if you're anywhere near my shoes.
By far the best. As a professional geologist I was amazed at how accessible he made some of the more difficult concepts of geology. He also demonstrat..Show More »ed very clearly the two-way relationship that the geosphere and biosphere have with each other. Make no mistake, this is a long book, but definitely worth it.