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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes sense of multiple universes, extraterrestrial life, and other great cosmological headscratchers.
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 168.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Time / Money I had to stop after lecture 3. This is another product of Tyson's agenda against theism. He incorrectly portrays great theistic scientists of the past as attributing to God what they cannot explain and dismissing God in what they can explain. He claims that humans and chimps have only a 1% difference in their DNA, but this is very misleading. First of all, with more research, this number now stands at around 85%. Furthermore, this is only considering the portion of DNA which constitutes protein-generating genes (which is a very small portion of the entire DNA strand). His third lecture was nearly entirely speculative, culminating in the idea that aliens have visited us and concluded that we are not intelligent creatures. I was hoping to get some science from this lecture series, but instead got speculation and propaganda. I wish the Great Courses would allow for theists to share their views on scientific topics (such as cosmology, micro-biology, paleontology, etc.). If they allow teachers such as Tyson, they should give an equal voice to who hold to a philosophy different than his.
Date published: 2024-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing course! This is obviously must-take course in Wondrium for astronomy students, physics and astrophysics students and general science enthusiasts. I am of Dr. Tyson with his "Star Talk" podcast and the re-imagining Cosmos TV series; and this lecture series is a great compliment for his public education work - well articulated, easy-to-follow, presented with skill among other qualities. Thanks wondrium to produce this one!
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Inexplicable Explained I Have heard Professor Tyson speak some time ago and was eager to hear him again. This was a delicious, charming experience! Professor Tyson has a gift for connecting with his audience and explaining profound concepts in a totally satisfying manor.
Date published: 2024-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sampler This is the sort of class you might take in your first year at the university, an "Introduction to Astro-physics for Non-Math Majors." It's a sampler course, allowing you to nibble on various topics without getting too much of any particular item. This is not for advanced students, but it will give enough info to the novice to allow him or her to decide whether further research and study will be of interest. Personally, I appreciated the presenter's style. As a "celebrity scientist" he is at ease in front of the cameras. Too many Great Courses presenters are stiff, looking obviously to the proper camera, hitting their cues, making uncomfortable hand gestures in the attempt not to appear robotic. Neil is more relaxed and natural. So again, a good introduction to the topic for a novice, but not intended for advanced students.
Date published: 2023-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inexplicably good! I like the way the Dr. Tyson takes you through mysteries of the universe that have been solved and the way scientist have solved them. Sometimes it was pure luck! The Spooky Universe is at great chapter that really captures your attention. So much you can learn from Dr. Tyson and he explains in ways that make you fully understand how complicated the universe actually is. Purchase it, you will lover the Inexplicable Universe. This one is a must!
Date published: 2022-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries Great Courses are fabulous, value for money and extends my life of learning. I continue buying over many years. Just received in Australia ordered August 18 and awaiting my next order. However I was hoping this tltle would be an 2022 update on the latest discoveries in Cosmology and Astronomy and found it was produced in 2012, disappointing but I expect it will still be good. Hope you do some updates esp JWST and ITER (Fusion Tech).
Date published: 2022-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent speaker who can explain topics to all range of backgrounds. Captivating speaker covering a range of science disciplines and how they interrelate.
Date published: 2022-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mysteries of the Universe It's great just like all the other 40 courses I have bought from you...My interests vary widely and I wish I could afford many other titles...So I watch closely when you offer discounts or sales...I really only buy now from you when the course is available to watch by video so I can access it wherever and whenever I want.
Date published: 2022-03-15
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Overview

Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you into the heart of some of science's greatest mysteries, including string theory, multiple universes, extraterrestrial life, and much more!

About

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Of all the amazing things about the Universe, I think two stand above all the rest. One of them is that we know so much about the universe, but another is that there's even more that we don't know.

INSTITUTION

Hayden Planetarium

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He is also a research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the museum. Professor Tyson earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University. Dr. Tyson has written prolifically for the public, including a series of essays in Natural History magazine on which his previous Great Course, My Favorite Universe, is based. His books include Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier; a memoir, The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist; and One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (coauthored with Charles Liu and Robert Irion), winner of the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award to a Scientist. Dr. Tyson is host of The Cosmos, a science documentary series televised on the Fox network, and former host of the PBS television series NOVA scienceNOW. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid "13123 Tyson."

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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

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History's Mysteries

01: History's Mysteries

Science history is filled with puzzling mysteries that were only solved with modern science's focus on experimentation instead of thought. Here, take a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but, thanks to modern physics, are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to travel a...

35 min
The Spooky Universe

02: The Spooky Universe

Did you know that electrons, discovered in 1897, have never actually been observed by scientists? Or that quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster or find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more slowly for you? Delve into these and other mind-warping facts and insights about the fundamentals of matter in a lecture that covers everything from particle physics to quant...

32 min
Inexplicable Life

03: Inexplicable Life

Join Professor Tyson on a fascinating investigation of the possible origins of life in the universe. Why was Jupiter believed to be a good environment for life in the 17th century? Why is there only one single "tree of life" on Earth instead of multiple ones? How do extremophiles help scientists study life's genesis? Could life have come to Earth from another planet? And what do we mean when we ho...

30 min
Inexplicable Physics

04: Inexplicable Physics

Among the many topics you'll learn about in this lecture are the discovery of more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos, tao particles, and the three regimes of matter; the secrets of string theory (which offers the hope of unifying all the particles and forces of physics); and even the hypothetical experience of traveling through a black hole.

30 min
Inexplicable Space

05: Inexplicable Space

Scientists have made astounding progress in their grasp of the universe. But what remains to be understood? Investigate some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the longest-standing problems in astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. And e...

32 min
Inexplicable Cosmology

06: Inexplicable Cosmology

Take a fascinating trip through dimensions higher than our own. You'll discover how quantum physics and string theory have opened our eyes to the possibilities of quantum foam, the multiverse, antimatter, and tachyons. Also, join Dr. Tyson for a preview of the long-term fate of the universe (including the collision of galaxies, the burning out of stars, and the decay of orbits into black holes).

35 min