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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 4.2 out of 5 by 133.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr. Tyson is great. Course content a little loose Dr. Tyson is such an entertaining lecturer that that alone makes the course enjoyable. I did feel, however, that his content was a bit loose. A good number of the explanations were unnecessarily long for the point being made. You could edit the course down a lot and have room for more material. That being said, the various specific topics he covered were certainly of interest, albeit some things you might have known already or been able to figure out or deduce down. Overall the effect of the course was to make the universe more real, and enlarge your understanding of its physical structure.
Date published: 2022-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed the lectures immensely! I listened to one lecture a day and was sad when I finished the course. I will need to find another one by Neil DeGrese Tyson. He made the lectures understandable and enjoyable for the general public.
Date published: 2022-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd Ok I have just started this series but out of the gate its very awkward....Neil is acting like he's actually teaching a class as opposed to recording a lecture, make no mistakes there is no class, other courses I have ordered and watched have the lecturer addressing the camera (in other words addressing you the viewer). Furthermore so far this seems very scattered/random not much of a linear approach to the subject.
Date published: 2022-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Universe I already bought the set twin "Fusion" so when will My Favourite Universe be Free Delivery? Please
Date published: 2022-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Universe too! Dr. Neil DeGrass Tyson does a good job explaining complex scientific knowledge to the general public. It is one of the most influential courses I have taken.
Date published: 2022-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cliff's Notes on Astrophysics Let me be clear. I do not mean in any way to be snarky in the title of my review. I have long had a great appreciation for Dr. Tyson and his engaging manner. In this course particularly, however, you have to be prepared to meet Dr. Tyson where he is prepared to meet you--i.e., at a level where you are essentially a blank slate on which he writes some elementary nuggets of cosmic knowledge. I would say there are no "Eureka" moments if you have even a modest command of Dr. Tyson's quirky choice of topics. I have no problem with the age of the course (nearly two decades now) because his treatment of his chosen areas (which, after all, is updated at a rapid pace these days) remains essentially valid. In addition, if you truly wish to be drawn in by his naturally animated style, so much the better, although in this case, he barely seems to break a sweat. Still, it may just cause you to visit the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, which he still directs. I see the utility of this course as a painless introduction to the real thing--in my view, the Great Courses offerings of Alex Filippenko at Berkeley, likewise an astrophysicist, famously accomplished, and a true contemporary of Dr. Tyson's.
Date published: 2022-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very dynamic presentation Neil DeGrasse Tyson doesn't disappoint here just as he doesn't disappoint in his television and book contributions--a fresh interesting take on a familiar subject!!
Date published: 2022-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Big Bang and Black Holes I learned so many interesting things about the universe. How it started 13 billion years ago -the Big Bang. Galaxies, suns, and planets - how they came to be. Now I know about black holes, the creation and death of suns. Lectures were easy to understand, though the subjects were very complex. You will learn so much with this course!
Date published: 2022-08-15
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Overview

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.

About

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.

INSTITUTION

Hayden Planetarium

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
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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