• The Modern Scholar

  • Astronomy II: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • By: Prof. James Kaler
  • Narrated by: Prof. James Kaler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Lecture
  • Release date: 01-15-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (256 ratings)

Regular price: $49.95

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Publisher's Summary

"Over the past century, our vision has taken us far beyond the home Galaxy into the vastness of the Universe, where we find we are hardly alone. As far as we can see there are countless other galaxies of all shapes and sizes set within an ever-expanding space that was created in a "Big Bang" nearly 14 billion years ago. Along with solutions to old puzzles, however, come new riddles, as most of our Universe appears to be in the form of some kind of unseen "dark matter" and incomprehensible "dark energy" whose natures and origins remain unfathomable. Yet with all our questions - and knowing that there are questions still to be asked - we have learned the most important lesson: that all of this Universe is our home, that it took all of it to make us, that it is ours to behold and enjoy.While this course stands on its own, it is also an ideal complement to the first course of the set (Astronomy: Earth, Sky, and Planets), which covers celestial motions, constellations, telescopes, and planetary astronomy, all of it then integrated into a full picture of space and time.
©2004 James Kaler (P)2004 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. David Mintz on 03-04-10

Absolutely awesome!

A can't say enough about how good this James Kaler is. His descriptions are so clear, so vivid, that listening to his "lectures" is more like watching a superbly narrated and vividly illustrated movie or video. As simply a demonstration of how interesting and enthusiastic a lecturer can be, this book/lecture is worth a listen. If you have any interest in astronomy, and the "wonders of the universe", this is it. It don't get 'no better!
I've gone on to research his books at Amazon, and they are uniformly highly reviewed. I just purchased his "Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Stars". He is better than the much more expensive lecture series I have watched from The Teaching Company on astronomy, which is given by Alex Filipenko of UC Berkeley, and that is excellent as well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 04-25-09


This is the perfect audiobook for the layperson who wants to learn about the universe we live in. It is both fascinating and entertaining.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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