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The Joy of Science (The Great Courses) Multimedia DVD – 2008

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Product Details

  • DVD-ROM: 333 pages
  • Publisher: The Teaching Company (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OUMKU8
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,386,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irfan A. Alvi TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2013
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This is essentially a sort of "science for poets" survey course which aims for a relatively broad scope. A course like this has the potential to be an excellent resource for people who have moderate or less prior knowledge of science, and want to learn more. In that regard, Hazen scores points for being enthusiastic, and also fairly clear most of the time.

But, alas, there's a problem: there are a number of errors in the scientific content of the course. If the errors were just one or two, or if the errors were very minor, I could let this go. But there are actually several errors, and some of them are fairly significant, which I find to be inexcusable in a course like this. It's as though Hazen's real scientific knowledge is in his field of geology, but he just hasn't spent enough time outside his specialty learning other areas of science thoroughly enough to teach them.

The result is that I can't really recommend the course to anyone. People who are already well versed in science will probably find the course to be a boring review, and those who are very well versed will spot the errors. People who aren't well versed in science will be taught science with significant errors, which I find unacceptable.

The bottom line is that this course is a good idea with a flawed execution. The solution is a different lecturer, one who really knows the material.
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