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Understanding the Brain

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The Great Courses #ad - While parts of the brain are still a mystery, there have been unparalleled advances in neuroscience in the last 50 years thanks to technologies like MRIs and PET scanning. How does one small mass of tissue move our bodies to achieve athletic feats, inspire creativity to produce artistic masterworks, and make each of our personalities unique? In this 36-lecture course, you'll delve inside the complex organ that is the human brain and see how it works, from the macro view of its organization down to the microscopic level of intercellular communication.

Understanding the Brain #ad - . Join us for a fascinating journey into the most important organ in your body and gain a new appreciation of everything it does for you every day. Begin with the development of the brain from the womb through adulthood, taste, smell, then analyze the way the brain processes the world around you through sight, hearing, and touch.

Delve deeply into the inner workings of the brain with an acclaimed neurologist by your side. Look at the neurological mechanisms behind emotions, musical abilities, and depression, addiction, and unlock the mysteries of sleep and dreaming.36 30-minute lectures on 6 DVDs.

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Understanding the Human Body : An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

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The Great Courses #ad - Understanding the Human Body : An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology #ad - But how well do you really know it? These 32 lectures are your owner's manual to a remarkably complex, resilient, and endlessly fascinating structure: the human body. Your guide is Dr. Goodman-surgeon, professor, and writer-who takes you step by step through the major systems of the body, explaining exactly how things work and why they sometimes don't.

Using detailed color illustrations, and, in one lecture, life-sized models, a video shot during surgery, Dr. Goodman gives clear descriptions of structure anatomy and function physiology aimed at the level of the interested layperson. Anthony A. You live with it 24 hours a day.

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Biology: The Science of Life

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The Teaching Company #ad - The 72 lectures in this comprehensive exploration of living systems at all levels-from biological molecules to global ecosystems-will give you all the information you need to grasp this fascinating field and its impact on both our own lives and our understanding of the life that surrounds us. Professor nowicki presents his subject in a conceptual format, emphasizing the importance of broad principles.

As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world. Though facts and details are offered in abundance, it is always in the context of developing a context listeners can readily absorb.

Biology: The Science of Life #ad - . Manufacturer warranty included if purchased from the great Courses-- One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most. Your newfound mastery of the fundamentals of biology will serve you in many ways-whether you want to read the headlines with greater insight, update a subject you studied long ago, become a better-informed voter and consumer, view the natural world with new appreciation, or gain the intellectual stimulation of understanding the basic principles that unite all living things.

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Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

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The Great Courses #ad - No comparable presentation of this subject is so deep and so challenging, yet still eminently accessible. Quantum mechanics gives us a picture of the world that is so radically counterintuitive that it has changed our perspective on reality itself, raising profound questions about concepts such as cause and effect, measurement, and information.

. This course gives you the logical tools to grasp the paradoxes and astonishing insights of quantum mechanics in 24 half-hour lectures designed specifically for nonscientists. Quantum mechanics: the physics of the microscopic World is generously illustrated with diagrams, demonstrations, and experiments and is taught by a professor who is both a riveting lecturer and a pioneer in the field.

Lucid, and intensely interesting, witty, Professor Schumacher's lessons will resonate with you long after you have finished watching them. It also plays an important role in the development and innovation of some of today's most amazing - and important - technologies, semiconductors, including lasers, microscopes, transistors, and computer chips.

Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World #ad - Working on the principle that any discovery made by the human mind can be explained in its essentials to the curious learner, award-winning Professor Benjamin Schumacher teaches you how to reason like a physicist in working out the features of the quantum world. Despite its seemingly mysterious nature, computer science, quantum mechanics is already broadly applied in fields such as chemistry, and cryptography.

You will gain a deeper understanding of things like a "quantum leap" and the "uncertainty principle, " both of which have been used - and misused - in popular culture.

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Understanding the Universe: Introduction to Astronomy

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The Teaching Company #ad - Many of these discoveries are scientifically sophisticated, but the comprehensive scope of this course allows you to absorb the background you need to grasp such exciting recent developments. Astronomers everywhere are watching the skies with high-tech instruments, searching for clues that will extend our knowledge of the universe.

At this moment, experiments are underway to test bold ideas about the cosmos, space probes are flying to staggeringly distant destinations, and powerful new tools are probing the nature of matter. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Much has happened in astronomy in a few short years.

But how large is it? where do we fit in? and how did it all begin? These questions have puzzled stargazers for thousands of years, and the search for answers helped spark the great advances of the Scientific Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries. In 96 fascinating lessons, and discoveries in astronomy, methods, you'll survey the main concepts, from the constellations drawn by the ancients to the latest reports from planetary probes in our solar system.

Understanding the Universe: Introduction to Astronomy #ad - Understanding the universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition is a nontechnical description of where that picture stands today. Who has not gazed with wonder at the night sky? The great canopy of stars stretching overhead suggests that our world is part of a vastly larger cosmos. But only in our own time has the full picture of the true immensity, variety, and surpassing strangeness of the universe come into focus.

There is no doubt that we live in a golden age of astronomy.

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Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

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The Great Courses #ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. Professor sadava draws on examples from his own research to show how understanding genetics allows us to improve medical treatment and nutrition, vastly improving our health and quality of life.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll also learn how understanding genetics is a critical step toward understanding human identity, itself. But what, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms? You'll learn the answer - and much more - in this briskly paced series of 24 easily understood lectures from an award-winning teacher, is DNA, author, exactly, and scientist.

And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our society, our nutrition, and our future. Enjoy this rare opportunity to peer over the shoulder of a working scientist, learning how he puzzles through the problems of genetics to find meaningful, real-world solutions that can not only save an individual life but also enhance the quality of life for everyone.

Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications #ad - . For examining our dna - how it works and what happens when something goes wrong - enables us to see the roots of how our bodies work, why we get sick, and how traits are passed through families. Professor sadava unlocks dna's mysteries as he explains what the science of genetics is and guides you through decades of cutting-edge research, scientific discovery, and genetics' weighty implications for us as individuals and as a society.

We use dna routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families.

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Foundations of Organic Chemistry

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The Great Courses #ad - Even today, centuries after the basic principles of this subject were discovered, many students struggle to make sense of organic chemistry. Next, molecular systems, such as starches, proteins, you'll apply that understanding of organic fundamentals to more complex, but often misunderstood, and DNA. These 36 lectures endeavor to solve this problem, taking you on a tour of the development and application of the discipline of organic chemistry.

You'll investigate the structure of the atom, the energetic rationale for chemical bonding between atoms to create compounds, how specific collections of atoms bonded in specific ways create motifs called functional groups, and ultimately the ways in which the bonds in these functional groups form and break in chemical reactions that can be used to convert one compound into another.

Foundations of Organic Chemistry #ad - And finally, you'll turn your attention to how organic chemists purify and characterize their new creations in the laboratory, investigating techniques as ancient as distillation and as modern as nuclear magnetic studies. After completing these lectures, the interpretation of the results that he or she obtains in the lab, the successful student will have all of the tools needed to have a meaningful dialogue with a practicing organic chemist about the theory behind his or her work, and - most of all - the impact that modern experimentation in organic chemistry might have on the future of humanity.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Approximately the first half of this presentation is dedicated to building the foundations of understanding modern organic chemistry. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

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The Teaching Company #ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Both have reputations for complexity. It doesn't take an einstein to understand modern physics, " says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics.

From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition #ad - After that, you'll follow along as professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.

These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

. By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, and possible futures of the entire universe, development, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world.

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Thermodynamics: Four Laws that Move the Universe

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The Great Courses #ad - At the end of these lectures, you'll truly appreciate the elegance and importance of thermodynamic principles. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. In nearly every lecture, or otherwise converts energy from one form into another - showing thermodynamics in action in demonstrations involving simple objects like a piece of cotton, Professor Grossman puts on his lab coat and goggles and smashes, ignites, 50 milliliters of water, breaks, and a potato.

Nothing has had a more profound impact on the development of modern civilization than thermodynamics. If you have any concerns with your product, or want to request a replacement, please contact The Great Courses through our Amazon storefront for more information. These and other ideas shed light on many phenomena in the natural world, and they are the analytical tools that engineers use to create new devices and technologies.

Professor jeffrey grossman of mit uses the four laws of thermodynamics as a launching point to discuss foundational concepts that are critical pillars of science and engineering - ideas such as entropy, eutectic melting, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, heat capacity, chemical potential, osmotic pressure, and the Carnot cycle.

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Thermodynamic processes are at the heart of everything that involves heat, making an understanding of the subject indispensable for careers in engineering, physical science, meteorology, energy, biology, and work, and even nutrition and culinary arts. Also, you'll have unlocked the secrets to a fascinating aspect of our universe.

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Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

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The Teaching Company #ad - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. When are we responsible for our own actions, and when are we in the grip of biological forces beyond our control? How do our brains make us the individuals that we are? In these 24 lectures, you'll investigate how the human brain is sculpted by evolution, shaped by early experience, constrained or freed by genes, modulated by hormones, and otherwise influenced to produce a wide range of behaviors - some of them abnormal.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll discover how the brain and behavior are regulated; what genes at the molecular level have to do with brain function and how those genes have evolved; how neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, gratification postponement, with a particular focus on aggression; the role of the frontal cortex in decision-making, and ethology help explain an actual set of behaviors, genetics, evolution, and other important functions; and more.

Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition #ad - As you work through this thought-provoking and engaging material, you'll learn much about your own behavior, not to mention that of others. And you'll see that little can be explained by thinking about any one of these factors alone because some combination of influences is almost always at work. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. How much do these insights threaten our own sense of self and individuality? It's a provocative question, and it's one you'll find some answers to in Professor Sapolsky's masterful lectures on our neurological origins. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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The Joy of Mathematics

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The Great Courses #ad - You'll investigate the powerful techniques for manipulating numbers using algebra, calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and probability in lectures that may hark back to subjects you studied in high school and college. And you'll find these lectures both a useful refresher and a bird's-eye view of the most important areas of mathematics.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Be prepared to encounter strange equations, novel ways of thinking, and symbols and computational methods that may be new to you. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

The Joy of Mathematics #ad - Combining entertaining number tricks with the deeper properties of mathematics, Fibonacci numbers, Professor Benjamin introduces you to prime numbers, and infinite series. If you have any concerns with your product, or want to request a replacement, please contact The Great Courses through our Amazon storefront for more information.

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These lectures are especially well suited for: anyone attracted by the promise of a joyful attitude to an often-imposing subject; anyone for whom high school and college math courses are a distant memory; anyone now taking math who would like a big-picture perspective on the major areas of the field; and budding math mavens who love numbers and the magic that can be done with them.

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