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The Great Courses: History of Science
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  • The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Edward J. Larson
    • Narrated By Professor Edward J. Larson
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    Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution-the idea that life on earth is the product of purely natural causes, not the hand of God-set off shock waves that continue to reverberate through Western society, and especially the United States. What makes evolution such a profoundly provocative concept, so convincing to most scientists, yet so socially and politically divisive? These 12 eye-opening lectures are an examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate.

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  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman
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    What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

    Joey says: "Plenty for both lobes here"
    Plenty for both lobes here

    Great interplay of abstract and practical, and of philosophy and technology. Professor conveyed tremendous excitement and mastery of the material.

    Reviewed on March 05 2014 by Joey (Avondale Estates, GA, United States)
  • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence M. Principe
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    For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed. In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery.

    Fara says: "Good, but spotty."
    Good, but spotty.

    This book is part history of science and part apologia for misguided religious intrusion into same. The parts regarding the actions of the Catholic C..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2013 by Fara (Longmont, CO, United States)
  • The History of Science: 1700-1900

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
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    The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others.

    Juha says: "My dream school would use these"
    My dream school would use these

    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 »

    Reviewed on June 22 2014 by Juha (Hyvinkaa, Finland)
  • Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman
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    In this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You'll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past.

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  • Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman
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    Choose one: (A) Science gives us objective knowledge of an independently existing reality.... or (B) Scientific knowledge is always provisional and tells us nothing that is universal, necessary, or certain about the world.Made your choice? Welcome to the science wars. This long-running battle over the status of scientific knowledge began in ancient Greece, raged furiously among scientists, social scientists, and humanists during the 1990s, and has reemerged in today's conflict between science and religion over issues like evolution.

    Larry says: "Emancipation from what you think you don't know"
    Emancipation from what you think you don't know

    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 »

    Reviewed on August 08 2013 by Larry (ANN ARBOR, MI, United States)
  • Philosophy of Science

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey L. Kasser
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    What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

    CHESTER says: "PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE"
    PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE

    This is a tough audio book to adequately summarize. Dr. Jeffrey Kasser offers evidence for the value and advance of human knowledge through philosophy..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 28 2014 by CHESTER (LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States)
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
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    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
    Excellent overview of major science concepts

    Yes

    Reviewed on March 24 2014 by Tanglebones (New York, NY)
  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

    Blokoe_Geo says: "Utterly Fantastic"
    Utterly Fantastic

    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 »

    Reviewed on May 01 2014 by Blokoe_Geo ()
  • 36 Big Ideas

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Professor David Sadava, and others
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Way outdated"
    Way outdated

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

    Reviewed on July 04 2014 by Amazon Customer ()