Great erudition, rapidly presented. Will need several revisits to fully absorb its wide ranging content. Would love access to the written transcript f..Show More »or more detailed study. Neil Brightwell
How is this history of science from Antiquity to 1700s! Three major cultures and their contributions are totally ignored namely Egyptians, In..Show More »dians and Chinese. If Roman engineers get coverage I think Egyptians engineers should get some coverage as well. As far as we know, ancient Greeks respected them for their achievements. Chinese and Indian contributions to science are well documented but never even mentioned in 36 lectures—let’s see a few—compass, paper making, printing, gun power, Indo-Arabic numerals, material sciences, astronomy, etc. And list goes on. Are these contributions not in science but Roman bridges and European clocks are? This is really a very poor attempt to paint Western History of Science as the history of science of the entire World. Islamic contributions could not be ignored as many started with old Greek text and Babylonia was included as a starting point—alas could claim that civilization started in Europe!
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.
This series has random set of lectures from other Great Course series. Most of the time professors/narrators make reference to other lecture in their..Show More » original course. Description of the this Great Course series does not tell that this is set of lectures picked from different courses. To me, this is cheating.