Chemistry and Our Universe

How It All Works
Narrated by: Ron B. Davis
Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Our world is ruled by chemistry. It is the study of matter and energy at the scale of atoms and molecules. As the most all-embracing discipline there is, it should be at the top of everyone’s list of must-learn subjects. 

Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works is your in-depth introduction to this vital field, taught through 60 engaging half-hour lectures that are suitable for any background or none at all. Covering a year’s worth of introductory general chemistry at the college level, plus intriguing topics that are rarely discussed in the classroom, this amazingly comprehensive course requires nothing more advanced than high-school math. Your guide is Professor Ron B. Davis, Jr., a research chemist and award-winning teacher at Georgetown University. 

With passion and humor, Professor Davis guides you through the fascinating world of atoms, molecules, and their remarkable interactions, showing you how to think, analyze problems, and predict outcomes like a true expert in the field. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • Susan Harvey
  • 05-27-19

More like a filmed lecture than an audio book

This was irritating and frustrating as it was obviously taken from a filmed series of lectures and not made as an audiobook. Experiments were not described but we are told to see what is happening. I gave up.

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  • Rachel Wams
  • 11-01-19

Dissapointed customer

This is the second time I bought an audio of the great courses that was recorded as a video. It just does not work and we obviously miss out on the visuals. Secondly I don’t think we should be paying full price when we’re not getting the full experience. It would be even better if TGC should make the video content available to us. But in the meantime I will be returning this one too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-24-19

Consider the value!

This course was made as a video lecture, as were other Great Courses, but in this case there was no consideration given to the audio only version. It was hugely annoying to regularly hear "..so this interacts with that to produce this here..." having no idea what this or that is. The Don Lincoln lectures have a narative and supporting pdf that makes them great for audio only. Chemistry doesn't!
However the material is excellent and the presentation is good so, if you only pay 1 audible credit for this course, you are still getting good value, even though you won't be able to understand the whole course. Wikipedia helps fill in the gaps.

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  • Leanne Churchill
  • 06-04-19

Great Refresher

I'm studying teaching, with an Earth & environmental science major, and chemistry is part of my required course. It's also relevant to other science units and this audiobook and course guide is proving very useful in giving me a refresher in my long-ago-studied high school science classes. I do recommend following along with the guide, or using it as a reference guide or post-listen strategy to enhance your learning. Professor Davis is a pleasure to listen to; He obviously loves his subject!

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