The Modern Scholar

  • by James Kaler
  • Narrated by James Kaler
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever gone outside at night to admire the stars? And wonder what they all are, and what stories they have to tell? Have you ever thought you'd like to know and understand the constellations or know the names of the stars? Here you can learn to find your way across the celestial landscape and begin to understand these patterns of the ages. Learn why the Big Dipper, not a true "constellation," might be seen all night, or why the Southern Cross is invisible from New York. Find out the meanings of the celestial figures, where they came from, and why we still use them today thousands of years after the first ones were invented.This course guides listeners through the sights of the naked- eye sky, wherein we directly witness the effects of the turning and revolving of the Earth, the artistry painted by the human mind using the sky and stars, and how the view changes with time and with our place on the planet.


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Customer Reviews

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Not as Good as Professors Kaler's Other Lectures

I listened to Professor Kaler's other two excellent lectures which, were more science based than this one (which by its nature is more historical and visual). While I finished the lectures I did run through quickly some of his survey of the sky as it was difficult to follow and a little boring---this type of description is difficult to make interesting without visuals. While the lecture was OK, not nearly as good as the previous two, both of which I highly recommend.
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- Patrick


Very informative. I have listened through once and now listening again while taking notes. This is an excellent source for learning about stars, constellations, and much more. I recommend this to any person interested in Astronomy.
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- Cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books