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Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey Lecture

Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

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As the 19th century drew to a close, the age-old quest to understand the physical world appeared to be complete, except for a few minor details. In fact, Albert Michelson, the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences, noted that, "It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles have been firmly established." And he was far from alone among his peers. Scientists in 1900 had no inkling of the other mind-boggling developments that lay in wait: plate tectonics, genetic engineering, space probes, nanotechnology, big bang theory, electronic computers, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and many other astounding products of the human mind. Indeed, by the end of the 20th century, nearly every 19th-century theory of natural and social phenomena would be overthrown or superseded.

This dynamic transformation has not been a matter of revolution, but of evolution, as you'll learn in this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You'll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past.

You'll come away with a new appreciation of how scientific knowledge expands, as Professor Goldman addresses a tremendous range of scientific and technological topics, including science and society, physics, mathematics, psychology, cosmology, telecommunications, meteorology, and archaeology.

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

©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses

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    Armando 03-12-15
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    Great way to put in perspective the evolution of scientific works, and assist in acquiring an organized grasp of the most important achievements in scientific history. Professors Goldman is a serious narrator.

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    Christian Zagarskas NC7764, Milky Way, Earth, USA, PA, Pittsburgh 03-30-16
    Christian Zagarskas NC7764, Milky Way, Earth, USA, PA, Pittsburgh 03-30-16
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    "Another great course from Goldman"

    Everything I expected and more, an excellent adventure into science with the reward of wisdom given to anyone who endures ans listens to the end.

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    Akount 06-23-15
    Akount 06-23-15

    my name isnt steadymerkin

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    "why did I go to school? this book covers everythin"

    this book covers what's seems to be everything related to science and humanity that is interesting and made me feel like if I could just relisten and pay perfect attention I would be the smartest guy I know

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    Sanjiv 05-10-15
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    A fascinating journey across the entire spectrum of sciences covering physical, biological and social discoveries, evolution and innovations. Narration is top notch and content is well presented. Thank you Professor Goldman.

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    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 05-28-17
    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 05-28-17 Member Since 2017

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    If you could sum up Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey in three words, what would they be?

    looking back to look forward.


    What other book might you compare Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey to and why?

    i need to claim ignorance here. while i have read parts of other books on the history of science - i have not read one completely,.so i do not feel qualified to compare. however reading this book HAS wetted my appetite to read more on this subject.


    What does Professor Steven L. Goldman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a loving and keen interest in the subject matter ! i am a ' self starter ' when it comes to ideas that interest me. reading on my own will stimulate me to ' mentally ' dig into a subject <br/>deeper. with that said it is always so wonderful to listen to or even talk to somebody who has a love affair with a particular aspect of our lives!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the best is yet to come.


    Any additional comments?

    what a wonderful read. i plan on reading more on this subject and hope to come accross the good professor again.

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    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 03-01-16
    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 03-01-16 Member Since 2014

    Retired earlyer then expected & remain an involved intelectual activeist who finally has time to catch-up & stay current with my readings.

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    "Unquestionably the finest lectures ever listened to from start to completion"

    Never has a presenter existed to identical mosaic of knowledge, thoughts, & meaningful associations as this superbly informed and impassioned lecturer. To my surprise much new was gained, which included personal aspects found back stories that enhance his given topics. A lecturer for the veraciously interested people who naturally ponder the life they live.

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    Where does Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to many Great Courses ... this is my favorite to date. Every topic is both interesting and delivered well with a little humour and in a way that is easy to understand.


    What other book might you compare Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey to and why?

    Cosmos. Inexplicable Universe. Most science Great Courses.


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    nick paslow 07-07-17
    nick paslow 07-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, balanced and informative"

    Very much enjoyed this lecture series. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topics noted in the description. A couple things of note. First I was initially concerned about the narrator's voice, which is very distinct but you get used to after a few lectures. Second, the lecture was added recent to audible but the lecture are from around 2003 so the most recent developments are going to be included. That being said it is a lecture about the 20th century.

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    R. Williams Los Angeles, CA United States 06-19-17
    R. Williams Los Angeles, CA United States 06-19-17 Member Since 2016

    code slubber

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    Pace is great narration is really impressive: great command and passion for the subject. Some explanations are a tad pat but overall excellent.

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    "Excellent. Amazing range. Recommend most highly"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Science in the Twentieth Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey to be better than the print version?

    A fascinating comprehensive overview of modern science.


    What does Professor Steven L. Goldman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His intelligent lecturing style. He loves his subject. His ability toi interpret is outstanding


    Any additional comments?

    I listend 3/4 times. the notes were very good and close to the lectures

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