The Great Courses: Astronomy
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  • The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know |  The Great Courses

    The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Joshua N. Winn
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    As recently as 1990, it seemed plausible that the solar system was a unique phenomenon in our galaxy. Thanks to advances in technology and clever new uses of existing data, now we know that planetary systems and possibly even a new Earth can be found throughout galaxies near and far.

    Fun across the universe

    This lecture series is interesting and fun. As a non-astronomer, with close to zero knowledge about stars and planets beyond our own solar system, I w..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 08 2016 by Mark (Raglan, New Zealand)
  • 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)
  • My Favorite Universe |  The Great Courses

    My Favorite Universe

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson
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    What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? Will humanity, and Earth itself, one day be gone? Are we alone? In an era when science journalism is perhaps more thorough and ambitious than ever before, fascinating explorations of questions like these seem available to us almost every day - provided we have a working understanding of the scientific theories on which they're based.

    thought provoking

    easy to understand, however if you get distracted for a few minutes and tune back in you may get a little lost. As information is consistantly built w..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 29 2016 by Ian ()