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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. Discover the answers to these and other startling questions about the cosmos with My Favorite Universe, a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth, and perhaps the entire universe, might end.
In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation's most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. Explore how black holes are formed, how asteroids move through space, why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life, and much more. With the foundation provided by this magnificent course, the realities of the universe will be revealed in stark - and often violent - beauty.
©2003 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2003 The Great Courses
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By Kathy on 11-21-17

It's Your Universe, Too!

It's mainly for those of us who haven't done extensive reading on the subject but want to learn the basics of Cosmology (not Cosmetology), the origin and evolution of our universe. 'My Favorite Universe' is a short, easy listen with which I was never bored for even a moment. Neil explains his subject material in a simple and easily understandable manner with plenty of humor dispersed into it. As a previous reviewer stated, he has an unusual voice cadence that takes a bit to get used to, but I like it, as his excitement and enthusiasm clearly shines through.

If you ever wondered what the Big Bang theory was (not the tv show), what exactly are black holes, are we going to be destroyed by a meteor or asteroid, is there likely to be other life in our universe, are there other universes, and just how do we know all this stuff--this is surely the book for you.

So, step away from that fiction for just a moment (only 6 hours), and get yerself educated! You can even use this information as a conversation starter. Neil makes learning fun.

(Is it un-PC to call an Astrophysicist by his first name?)

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By dan on 08-21-16

Wish there was more

Neil is a great story teller, and really paints an intriguing picture of the subjects covered. The depth of topics covered is probably more at the high school level not at the University level. However, the range is great enough that unless you're really in to astrophysics you'll probably find a lot that you didn't know.

I really appreciate how Neil discussed the topics, and so I really wish that the lectures went more in depth on each subject. As they are, it's more a sampling of a lot of topics related to astrophysics and space in general.

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By a addison on 11-23-16


Well put together very interesting would love to see movie following advice from course

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By Amazon Customer on 05-11-17


Neil deGrasse Tyson is the man about town.

he is the embodiment of truth and realness

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By luke on 08-03-16


Neil packs so much information into these lectures and manages to keep it simple for the laman. Loved this.

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