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History & Philosophy of Science

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  1. Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Steven Gimbel
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (73)
    Starting at £54.99 Starting at £54.99 £79.99 £54.99£79.99
    No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what’s real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality , presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual...
  2. The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

    The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

    Bradley E. Schaefer
    4.1 out of 5
    76% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (47)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Taught by Professor Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University, this course shows how ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Chinese, and other cultures saw the sky. You learn how the Sun, Moon, and stars were their clock, calendar, and compass; constellations encoded their mythologies; and the perfection of the heavens inspired religious and philosophical ideas, ultimately laying the foundation for modern science.
  3. Mysteries of the Microscopic World

    Mysteries of the Microscopic World

    Bruce E. Fleury
    4.5 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (82)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    Travel to the microscopic world and encounter the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other organisms known as microbes in the 24 lectures of Mysteries of the Microscopic World. In undertaking this journey, guided by award-winning Professor Bruce E. Fleury, you'll learn the powerful role these microbes play in your life, from the bacteria in your stomach that helps you digest, to the pathogens responsible for...
  4. Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

    Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

    Don Lincoln
    4.2 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (49)
    Starting at £39.99 Starting at £39.99 £54.99 £39.99£54.99
    In Understanding the Misconceptions of Science, join Professor Don Lincoln, a Senior Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, on a 24-lecture exploration of shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often controversial—concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, quantum mechanics, evolution, and even the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
  5. Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It

    Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It

    Steven L. Goldman
    4.4 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (110)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    Explore the history of competing conceptions of scientific knowledge over issues such as evolution from the onset of the Scientific Revolution in the 1600s to the present.
  6. Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

    Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey

    Steven L. Goldman
    4.8 out of 5
    79% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (74)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £79.99 £34.99£79.99
    Follow the fascinating story of science as it unfolds in the 20th century. Learn the distinctive ideas that characterize 20th-century science, organized into five major themes: matter and energy, the universe, Earth, life, and humanity. Discover the most significant developments in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and cognitive science—alongside...
  7. Great Ideas of Classical Physics

    Great Ideas of Classical Physics

    Steven Pollock
    3.9 out of 5
    53% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (75)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    Classical physics is about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, sound, electricity, and magnetism, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. You already know more physics than you think, says award-winning science educator Steven Pollock. He discusses brilliant thinkers Galileo, Newton, Faraday, and Maxwell to show you that classical physics is an elegant...
  8. Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    Sherwin B. Nuland
    4.6 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (127)
    Starting at £14.99 Starting at £14.99 £29.99 £14.99£29.99
    What major discoveries made modern medicine possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for these discoveries? What qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? Discover the answers in Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed. Here, Professor Sherwin B. Nuland draws on the lives of 12 of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the...
  9. What Einstein Got Wrong

    What Einstein Got Wrong

    Dan Hooper
    4.8 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (76)
    Starting at £14.99 Starting at £14.99 £29.99 £14.99£29.99
    Taught by physicist Dan Hooper of Fermilab and the University of Chicago, this course focuses on Einstein’s mistakes as a window into his theory-building technique. He was spectacularly effective with relativity and early quantum mechanics, but he also made some missteps by doubting some of the staple concepts of today’s physics, including black holes, the big bang, and the uncertainty principle.
  10. Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

    Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

    Edward J. Larson
    4.2 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (91)
    Starting at £14.99 Starting at £14.99 £29.99 £14.99£29.99
    What makes evolution such a profoundly provocative concept, so convincing to most scientists, yet so socially and politically divisive? The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy is an examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate. Professor Edward J. Larson leads you through the "evolution" of evolution, with an eye toward enhancing your...
  11. Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    Steven L. Goldman
    4.1 out of 5
    67% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (96)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £79.99 £34.99£79.99
    In this course you will explore ideas that-when society has been willing to pursue them-have helped form the foundation of modern life. You'll discover there is no sharp distinction between ideas that are classified as scientific and those that are classified as philosophical or mathematical, or even between scientific ideas and political, religious, or aesthetic ideas. In each lecture, you also will examine the...
  12. History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

    Lawrence M. Principe
    4.3 out of 5
    60% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (43)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    Understand what science really is, how it developed, and how it works. Learn who pursued science, and why. From the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, to Roman and Islamic contributions, through the Renaissance to the laws of Isaac Newton, you will share a fascinating journey with Professor Principe, whose ability to synthesize material covering thousands of years into an enjoyable and succinct format is invaluable.
  13. History of Science: 1700-1900

    History of Science: 1700-1900

    Frederick Gregory
    4.5 out of 5
    54% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    Blending history with science, this series cuts across scientific disciplines to show you the spirit of excitement and exploration that accompanied the development of science from the Enlightenment through the 19th century. Great thinkers considered issues ranging from weightless matter to the existence of an unsuspected prehistoric world—while contending with demanding pressures from state, church, and culture.
  14. Philosophy of Science

    Philosophy of Science

    Jeffrey L. Kasser
    4.3 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (91)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £79.99 £34.99£79.99
    Philosopher Jeffrey Kasser launches an ambitious inquiry into what makes science science. The route to the answers is a challenging, thought-provoking quest, requiring logic, persistence, intellectual rigor, and imagination.
  15. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    2.8 out of 5
    28% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Starting at £34.99 Starting at £34.99 £34.99 £34.99£34.99
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  16. Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian

    Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian

    Don Howard
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (56)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    Get an in-depth look at the life and work of Albert Einstein, undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. Taught by Professor Don Howard of the University of Notre Dame, Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian examines Einstein's revolutionary innovations in physics, his philosophical reflections on the methods and foundations of science, and his public efforts championing a...
  17. Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    Skepticism 101: How to Think like a Scientist

    Michael Shermer
    3.8 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (60)
    Starting at £19.99 Starting at £19.99 £19.99 £19.99£19.99
    Despite our best efforts, we are all vulnerable to believing things without using logic or having proper evidence—and it doesn’t matter how educated or well read we are. Our brains seem to be hardwired to have our beliefs come first and explanations for our beliefs second. But there’s a method for avoiding this pitfall of human nature, and it’s called skepticism. In Skepticism 101: How to Think like a...