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The Great Courses: Physics
Books in series6
ORIGINAL
(4.4 based on 614 ratings)
  • 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.

    Joel says: "Enjoyable lecutre"
    Enjoyable lecutre

    To me this lecture was laid out very well. It help to give a nice introduction to modern physic without being too technical. While this is a good thin..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 15 2013 by Joel (Deltona, FL, United States)
  • 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.

    Michael says: "Get From Eternity to Here instead"
    Get From Eternity to Here instead

    These lectures were OK but they were almost completely a not as good rehash of the materials in the professors book From Eternity to Here. The book w..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 24 2013 by Michael (Walnut Creek, CA, United States)
  • 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.

    Mark says: "Back to school"
    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

    • 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.

    A reader of fact and fiction says: "Excellent introduction for a non-physicists"
    Excellent introduction for a non-physicists

    I would recommend this to anybody who is interested in fundamental parts of our universe. Very clear presentation, easy to follow, and seems at least ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 10 2014 by A reader of fact and fiction (Espoo, Finland)
  • 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.

    C. D. White says: "Enthusiastic Professor Captured My Interest"
    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

    • 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?

    Prescotttom says: "Wow! I never knew!"
    Wow! I never knew!

    A top notch expert explains the details of these mysteries in the most engaging fashion. He keeps your interest up and you wish he had another 3 hour..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 07 2014 by Prescotttom ()