My Favorite Universe : The Great Courses: Astronomy

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Astronomy
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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 within each lecture. This course is nice on a long boring drive through farmlands.
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- Ian

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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- dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses