Understanding the Universe

Understanding the Universe

An Introduction to Astronomy

DVD - 1998 | Library edition.
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This course begins and ends in wonder and awe. Whether you are a seasoned student of astronomy or a newcomer to its marvels, this course can give you fresh insight into the astounding comprehensibility of the universe, and the mind-boggling mysteries that still remain. Why Now? This course-taught at this time, by this professor-is scientific adventure at its best. We are living in a "golden age" of astronomical research and discovery. Ten years ago, black holes and planets around other stars had not yet been observed. Now, they are discovered every month. Ten years ago, the universe was thought to be a very different size and age than we now think it is. Ten years ago, scientists could not find the 90% of the universe that was "missing" if the Big Bang theory was true-and they still haven't found it. These lectures will increase your understanding at every turn. You'll range over the history of astronomy from the ingenious calculations of the ancient Greeks to the latest theoretical speculations and technological breakthroughs, including the vast change in our understanding made possible by a handful of special telescopes. You'll explore, in depth, everything from our own solar system to the farthest detectable galaxies, and learn about the actual scientific evidence surrounding widely discussed-and frequently misunderstood-topics like the Big Bang theory and the prospects of extraterrestrial intelligence and interstellar travel.
Publisher: Chantilly, Va. : Teaching Co., [1998]
Edition: Library edition.
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781565855670
1565855671
Branch Call Number: DVD 520 FIL
Characteristics: 10 videodiscs :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,5 books.
Additional Contributors: Teaching Company

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beckybunck
Aug 26, 2019

Completed Lecture 30

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lindy919
Oct 09, 2017

This is a really good and comprehensive set. I was a bit worried because the 1st section was really shaky (confusing, poor simulations, models that were hard to see or even fell apart) and seemed very basic. So after 3 of these, I skipped to lecture 12 and the program got much, much better. If you've seen any programs on astronomy, odds are you've seen the great Alex Fillipenko, who loves this subject so much that he makes the viewer enjoy learning about it. Great stuff!

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lindy919
Oct 09, 2017

This is a really good and comprehensive set. I was a bit worried because the 1st section was really shaky (confusing, poor simulations, models that were hard to see or even fell apart) and seemed very basic. So after 3 of these, I skipped to lecture 12 and the program got much, much better. If you've seen any programs on astronomy, odds are you've seen the great Alex Fillipenko, who loves this subject so much that he makes the viewer enjoy learning about it. Great stuff!

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marx_bro
Dec 11, 2014

Pull up those argyle socks and secure that pocket protector because you're in for a very long and detailed explanation of the universe. The lecturer covers pretty-much the entire history of astronomy, space technology and newest theories. I could only take-in the 1st four disks then had to skip to the last two disk (16 disk total!!!). I kinda wish Neil DeGrasse Tyson had been the presenter but we all that he's too good to spend this much time on mere mortals.

brendancarlson Apr 06, 2014

AMAZING! There is some deep math that I wish he didn't focus so deeply on (you can FF>> those parts), but considering his U.C. Berkeley course would cost a fortune to get into, this is a great way to garner a greater appreciation for the Universe in your living room.

jstecko Feb 28, 2012

On 02/28/12, NYPL informed me -

Unfortunately it looks like Understanding the Universe volume 7 is no longer in the system.

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georgehammond
May 04, 2010

Volume 6 of 8 March 2010

Dr. Fillppenko is excellent

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