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    • Anthropology and the Study of Humanity

    • By: Scott M. Lacey, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Scott M. Lacey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    These 24 wide-ranging lectures are the ideal guide through the world of anthropology, or the study of humanity across time and space....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect for the Anthropology Student

    • By kenneth c dunbar on 04-07-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263

    To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly informative - thought provoking insights

    • By Dan on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Food, Science, and the Human Body

    • By: Alyssa Crittenden, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Crittenden
    • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    In these 36 lectures, get eye-opening answers to these and other perplexing questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Misleading Title

    • By Zach on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • What Einstein Got Wrong

    • By: Dan Hooper, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dan Hooper
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    These 12 half-hour lectures are about what Einstein got wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • About More Than Just His Mistakes

    • By Timothy D. Sowell on 12-22-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • My Favorite Universe

    • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044

    Explore how black holes are formed, how asteroids move through space, why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life, and much more....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wish there was more

    • By dan on 08-21-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Science of Energy

    • Resources and Power Explained
    • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

    Energy is, without a doubt, the very foundation of the universe. It's the engine that powers life and fuels the evolution of human civilization....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Overview

    • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know

    • By: The Great Courses, Joshua N. Winn
    • Narrated by: Professor Joshua N. Winn
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 548
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 539

    As recently as 1990, it seemed plausible that the solar system was a unique phenomenon in our galaxy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun across the universe

    • By Mark on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Music and the Brain

    • By: Aniruddh D. Patel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Aniruddh D. Patel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271

    Music is an integral part of humanity. Every culture has music, from the largest society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes, and rhythms taps in to something universal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New Interesting Science

    • By Steven on 01-03-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World

    • By: David W. Ball, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David W. Ball
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    In the 24 engaging lectures of The Nature of Matter, no scientific background is needed to appreciate such miracles of everyday life as a bouncing rubber ball....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 95% Chemistry, 5% Physics

    • By Matt on 09-06-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    • By: Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very well done

    • By Jon Dahl on 03-12-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

    • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,048

    Having participated in hundreds of investigations in America and abroad, Professor Murray intersperses these historical examinations with some of her own....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

    • By Jouko on 05-29-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John Medina
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036

    In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

    • By Charles on 07-22-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • "The Universe is in us!"

    • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Medical School for Everyone

    • Grand Rounds Cases
    • By: Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Roy Benaroch
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralled!

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-09-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • 36 Big Ideas

    • By: The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, and others
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman, Daniel W. Drezner, David Sadava, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Now, enjoy 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 36 Random Ideas

    • By David on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • By: The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
    • Narrated by: Indre Viskontas
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 503
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 433
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 430

    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent overview of major science concepts

    • By Tanglebones on 03-24-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

    • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
    • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
    • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 741
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 659

    This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Utterly Fantastic

    • By Blokoe_Geo on 05-01-14

    Regular price: $52.95

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

    • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would

    • By Brady on 09-22-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • By: Andrew Newberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Andrew Newberg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 263

    Are our brains wired to worship? Professor Newberg explores this provocative question in these 24 captivating lectures....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-14

    Regular price: $34.95

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

    • By: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225

    This series of 24 lectures explores the history of competing conceptions of scientific knowledge and their implications for science and society....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Emancipation from what you think you don't know

    • By Larry on 08-08-13

    Regular price: $34.95

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