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History’s Mysteries

Lecture no. 1 from the course: The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

History’s Mysteries

Taught by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson | 34 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

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 and the orbit of Mercury, which seemed (to earlier scientists) to violate Newton’s fundamental laws of motion.

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