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The Joy of Science
Lectures by Professor Robert M. Hazen

The Joy of Science (2001) - 60 lectures, 30 hours
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English novelist and scientist C. P. Snow classed certain scientific ideas with the works of Shakespeare as something every educated person should know. One such idea, according to Snow, was the second law of thermodynamics, which deals with the diffusion of heat and has many profound consequences. He might well have added Newton's laws, the periodic table of elements, the double-helix structure of DNA, and scores of other masterpieces of scientific discovery.

Now, Professor Robert M. Hazen introduces these and other great ideas in 60 lectures that explore the fundamental discoveries and principles of all of the physical and biological sciences - physics, genetics, biology, astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, thermodynamics, and more.

A Passion for Teaching and Science

Professor Hazen is an apostle of science education for non-scientists, and he has few peers at rendering the most complex ideas simple, without being simplistic.

"I have a passion as a teacher," he says, "and that passion is to share with you the joy of science, the astonishing discoveries, the mind-bending insights, and the transforming applications of science as well."

A research scientist, professor, and advisor to public television's NOVA science series, Dr. Hazen helped draft the National Science Education Standards (National Academy of Sciences, 1997). These Standards represent a consensus among thousands of scientists and educators regarding the most effective approaches for teaching and learning about science.

These lectures have been specifically designed to introduce and review all of the scientific principles that are included in the Content Standards portion of the National Science Education Standards.

The result is a comprehensive and integrated introduction to all of science. By devoting just 30 minutes a day, you can complete this entire course in two months and discover an enhanced understanding of the physical world that will be a source of endless wonder and intellectual joy.

Professor Robert M. Hazen is George Mason University's Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences and a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's geophysical laboratory. His insightful works include the bestseller Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy and articles for Newsweek and Scientific American. Professor Hazen also serves on the advisory board of the National Committee on Science Education.

60 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Nature of Science 31: Edwin Hubble and the Discovery of Galaxies
2: The Scientific Method 32: The Big Bang
3: The Ordered Universe 33: The Ultimate Structure of Matter
4: Celestial and Terrestrial Mechanics 34: The Nebular Hypothesis
5: Newton's Laws of Motion 35: The Solar System
6: Universal Gravitation 36: The Earth as a Planet
7: The Nature of Energy 37: The Dynamic Earth
8: The First Law of Thermodynamics 38: The Plate Tectonics Revolution
9: The Second Law of Thermodynamics 39: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Motions Today
10: Entropy 40: Earth Cycles - Water
11: Magnetism and Static Electricity 41: The Atmospheric Cycle
12: Electricity 42: The Rock Cycle
13: Electromagnetism 43: What Is Life?
14: The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Part I 44: Strategies of Life
15: The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Part II 45: Life's Molecular Building Blocks
16: Relativity 46: Proteins
17: Atoms 47: Cells - The Chemical Factories of Life
18: The Bohr Atom 48: Gregor Mendel, Founder of Genetics
19: The Quantum World 49: The Discovery of DNA
20: The Periodic Table of the Elements 50: The Genetic Code
21: Introduction to Chemistry 51: Reading the Genetic Code
22: The Chemistry of Carbon 52: Genetic Engineering
23: States of Matter and Changes of State 53: Cancer and Other Genetic Diseases
24: Phase Transformations and Chemical Reactions 54: The Chemical Evolution of Life
25: Properties of Materials 55: Biological Evolution - A Unifying Theme of Biology
26: Semiconductors and Modern Microelectronics 56: The Fact of Evolution - The Fossil Record
27: Isotopes and Radioactivity 57: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection
28: Nuclear Fission and Fusion Reactions 58: Ecosystems and the Law of Unintended Consequences
29: Astronomy 59: The Ozone Hole, Acid Rain, and the Greenhouse Effect
30: The Life Cycle of Stars 60: Science, the Endless Frontier


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The Joy of Science
Lectures by Professor Robert M. Hazen

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse The Joy of Science for a complete
overview of all of science and how its discoveries and laws
work together to define our universe and world.