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My Favorite Universe

Let Neil deGrasse Tyson take you on a journey around the Universe and explore mind-bending concepts such as black holes, extraterrestrials, and the Big Bang.
My Favorite Universe is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 125.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Professor Neild DeGrasse Tyson's presentation was wonderful, simple, and easy to understand.
Date published: 2022-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil deGrasse Tyson is da man! I bought this course specifically because of the teacher. I love this man! (Just between you and me, don't tell my hubby, okay!?) He delivered as expected. Astronomy is a topic I am trying to learn more about, and this guy is brilliant and funny and entertaining. Have I mentioned that I love him?!
Date published: 2021-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crisp and clear explanations I really enjoyed this class.My only negative comment is that it must be around 15 yr old.I think date of class should be clear,especially science classes.
Date published: 2021-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Universe Very insightful and interesting. Well presented. Enjoyable.
Date published: 2021-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Neil deGrasse Tyson! But... I'm a big Neil deGrasse Tyson fan. Let's just start with that. Science - good science - is hard to communicate to a broad audience, and Dr. Tyson is probably the best science communicator since Isaac Asimov. I can't recommend his course "The Inexplicable Universe" highly enough. This one... not so much. Oh, there's nothing wrong with it per se. No inaccuracies, no lackluster presentation, no hopelessly outdated material. If you are completely new to astronomy, you could do worse. But if you have a basic grasp of astronomy and physics -- as in, high school basic -- this course probably won't cover any territory you don't already know. As Dr. Tyson explains up front, there's no real organization to the course. It's just twelve topics that he happens to find interesting: how gravity makes objects round; low and high density; the basics of black holes; ways our planet could end; the Big Bang; etc. Even basics can be interesting, of course. But to my disappointment, Dr. Tyson never really grabbed my interest. This despite my own affection for the topic. I remain a Neil deGrasse Tyson fan. And this course might be a helpful supplement for a young person's science classes. Even then, I think I would steer him or her toward the fascinating and mysterious "The Inexplicable Universe" rather than this somewhat scattershot collection. I hate to say it, but I could have given this one a pass.
Date published: 2021-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course! Very interesting series. Great presenter. Well Prepared.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great course I find this a very interesting and informative course.
Date published: 2020-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bit dated needs to be revised Excellent introduction but with the discoveries since course was developed it is dated and needs to be revised provide you can get Tyson to do it again. Strongly recommend his revised "Cosmos" program on TV now (2020). Recommended but with above warning that it is outdated.
Date published: 2020-05-13
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What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work? Discover the answers to these and other startling questions about the cosmos with My Favorite Universe. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's course is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through our universe and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth-and perhaps the entire universe-might end. Explore how black holes are formed; how asteroids move through space; why the odds seem overwhelmingly in favor of extraterrestrial life; and much more. With the foundation provided by this magnificent course, the realities of the universe will be revealed in stark-and often violent-beauty.


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.


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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."

By This Professor

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
On Being Round

01: On Being Round

What forces tend to make objects round? And why is a sphere the most efficient shape an object can take? The answers will lead us across the cosmos.

35 min
On Being Rarefied

02: On Being Rarefied

Just how "thin"-low in density-is the "thin air" out of which a magician produces a rabbit? And if the universe contains components that are even thinner, exactly what does that mean to us?

31 min
On Being Dense

03: On Being Dense

This is a discussion of different levels of density and the inherent mysteries of this property, along with the ways in which an understanding of density helps us think creatively about the world.

32 min
Death by Black Hole

04: Death by Black Hole

Take a look at black holes, one of the most fascinating topics in the universe-including the ways in which they would kill a human being, how they wreak havoc in the universe, and some provocative new research.

31 min
Ends of the World

05: Ends of the World

Here is a detailed look at three scenarios for the destruction of our planet: the death of the Sun, the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, and the heat death of the cosmos.

31 min
Coming Attractions

06: Coming Attractions

We now know that a deposit of energy sufficient to kill off 50 to 90 percent of all species strikes Earth every 100 million years. This lecture looks at our risks of getting hit by an asteroid and what we can do to avoid it.

32 min
Onward to the Edge

07: Onward to the Edge

Take a break from the death and destruction of asteroids and the end of the universe and wonder, instead, at the enormity of the cosmos and what our place in it might be.

31 min
In Defense of the Big Bang

08: In Defense of the Big Bang

We now know without doubt how the universe began, how it evolved, and how it will end. This lecture explains and defends a "theory" far too often misunderstood.

34 min
The Greatest Story Ever Told

09: The Greatest Story Ever Told

A synthesis of the greatest discoveries of physics, astrophysics, chemistry, and biology creates a coherent story of the birth and evolution of the cosmos.

31 min
Forged in the Stars

10: Forged in the Stars

The origin of the elements that make up life is one of the most important discoveries in any field in the 20th century, yet underappreciated by the public because it happened over many decades. This lecture presents a step-by-step explanation of the long path to a Nobel Prize-winning idea.

31 min
The Search for Planets

11: The Search for Planets

Before 1995, the planets of our own solar system were the only ones we knew about; the total has now passed 100. This lecture discusses the tools and methods being used to find other planets that might be hospitable to human life.

33 min
The Search for Life in the Universe

12: The Search for Life in the Universe

This lecture examines the very real possibility that life exists elsewhere, and speculates about its origins and chemical makeup.

35 min