16 April 2014
I have mentioned the lectures you can buy from the Teaching Company before here, and one of those lecture sets is a six lecture series called The Inexplicable Universe, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s worth the money IMHO, but before you buy it, Netflix has made available this entire series for its customers. That’s a pretty good deal. Now, this series does not have all the flash bang the COSMOS series has, it’s designed for a different crowd.
If you want something more in-depth (but still without a requirement for advanced maths!) then you really should get the fabulous series of lectures by Astronomer Alex Filippenko. This set of lectures will leave you with a lifelong love of science and astronomy, and you’ll know what astronomers are researching answers to right now, and why. The Teaching Company puts this course on deep discount a couple of times per year (otherwise it’s over $600), and when they do, grab it! These lectures are based on a course at U.C.Berkely that Fillipenko teaches to non-science majors. I’ve seen that entire course, and after the last lecture he gets a standing ovation from the students.
Trust me, he deserves it.
If you’re a parent, it is a wonderful thing to share with your son or daughter, and after you finish it, you’ll share knowledge of the Universe that few have. Click the image on the left. (Hint: If you buy another less expensive lecture set, you will get on their mailing list and get alerted to their sales.)
Note: I GET NOTHING FROM THE TEACHING COMPANY FOR THIS. I already own the lectures anyhow 😉