The Great Courses: Physics
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  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition | The Great Courses

    Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Richard Wolfson
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    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

    I was a little ambivalent about trying one of these "Great Courses" on audio, especially with references to diagrams and such, but the instructor prom..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 05 2015 by David (Halethorpe, MD, United States)
  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time | The Great Courses, Sean Carroll

    Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Professor Sean Carroll
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    Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

    Familiar Ground, But Well Told

    Having read / listened to a number of "popular science" books (Greene, Hawking) that address the origin and fate of the universe, the concept of time ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 30 2013 by Robert (Encino, CA, United States)
  • The Joy of Science | The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen

    The Joy of Science

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    Science is humanity's greatest achievement. It ranges from the study of the universe itself to the smallest particles of matter contained within it - and everything in between. If you want to better understand our physical world, as most of us do, gaining a basic understanding of science itself is profoundly important - yet many are intimidated by the breathtaking scope of such an endeavor. Now an award-winning science teacher has taken out the intimidation, harnessing that breathtaking scope into a series of 60 exciting, comprehensive, and accessible lectures.

    Back to school

    I knew when I downloaded this book that I was being a bit of a nerd, using up time that could have been spent listening to riveting fiction swotting u..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 30 2013 by Mark (Raglan, New Zealand)
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos | The Great Courses

    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.

    Fantastic but Dated

    This is a wonderful lesson to the time it was recorded. At this point, eight or more years have passed and you need to listen to more recent works to ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 07 2015 by Greg Aldrich (Las Vegas, NV USA)
  • Great Ideas of Classical Physics | The Great Courses

    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.

    Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest

    This series of lectures is not available in print.

    Reviewed on March 29 2014 by C. D. White (Salem, OR USA)
  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries | The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson

    The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson
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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?

    "The Universe is in us!"

    This is a short course on the Universe by Neil de Grasse Tyson which I enjoyed but in some ways it wasn't as good as his television show on the same s..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 05 2015 by Kristi Richardson (Milwaukie, OR, United States)
  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond | The Great Courses

    The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Sean Carroll
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    In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics.

    Masterfully done

    This lecturer provides sufficient background to make comprehensible a very arcane body of knowledge based on.complex mathematics while only alluding t..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 25 2015 by Jerome Robbins ()