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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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.
"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.
"some already covered ground but more personal"
always a fun listen when the man himself does the talking.
Some of the material you may have read or watched already but there are some nice touches here that still make it a good listen.
Tyson's cadence is sometimes difficult to follow, but the story he has to tell is mesmerizing. A layman like myself can learn about our environment and it's place in our universe.
"good but basic"
NDT makes a wonderful narrator but the series is quite short. would listen to this more than once.
"More than I had hoped for"
Listening the Neil Degrass Tyson describe scientific facts and talk about our universe is a fantastic way to learn new understandings of our existence
"learning made fun"
love the way he makes things that are so complex much easier to understand.
"Good flow, difficult to hear at higher speeds"
The topics covered are fairly standard, but I did enjoy the way the lecturer covered the topics, flowing from one to the next so you can see how the ideas build on each other, but I found it difficult to hear Tyson when listening at faster speeds. He tends to talk lower as he adds additional points to his main sentence.
"I now have a favorite universe!"
And a favorite astrophysicist who is entertaining, brilliant and gifted at translating complex science into lay terms. I want to learn more!
"A fascinating overview "
Neil deGrasse Tyson is excited about the universe and so should you. He splits a plethora of topics into easily digestable chunks, and manages to talk about difficult matters with such ease, that it is a pleasure to listen.
Even if you think you already know a lot about the universe, Tyson might surprise you with new facts and figures.
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