The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes sense of multiple universes, extraterrestrial life, and other great cosmological headscratchers.
The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 159.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Subject - Wonderful Course A mind blowing subject superbly presented. I could listen to Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson all day. Quite entertaining in parts which simply adds to the overall appeal of this wonderful course. Shame it is only 6 lectures! Brilliant course, thank you.
Date published: 2021-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every minute This course packed in a lot of information in a (too) short a space. The presentation was very relaxed but the material is very thought-provoking.
Date published: 2021-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great mysteries was hard to follow Call the teacher sounded very intelligent I don’t have much of a physics background so I was unable to follow a lot of what he said why was this mystery important?
Date published: 2021-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating material. Entertaining lecture style. I am five lectures through this six lecture course, but since it is the most entertaining of the 15 or so Great Courses I've taken to date, I can't resist writing a review at this point. First the material is both perspective-giving, and mind blowing. Second is Dr. Tyson's lecture style. At first I found it a bit over the top, but in short order that view changed to clever, funny, very cool, and understandable in the bargain. Yes, he's a showman, but laughing out loud from time to time while you're learning isn't a bad thing. What's unique is the inclusion of history and the very current mysteries that are out there. He talks in plain language and presents concepts and questions in a down to earth manner that any normal person would have. And did I say he's funny?
Date published: 2021-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great course! I has been almost an year since I started watching this. The Professor has a pleasing personality and he is very knowledgeable.
Date published: 2020-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thought provoking course Neil deGrasse Tyson has a unique approach to this series to make you think and question things you currently take for granted.
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Atheist Bent Convenient to know that because I believe in God, I'm ignorant. According to his lecture: I believe that someone who has an epileptic attack is possessed with a devil and that Isaac Newton (who I believe is a gibbering idiot compared to Dr. Tyson) deserves Dr. Tyson's rolled eyes when he (Newton) said it was "divine providence." I am seriously going to try to slog through this. If this is the intro, this is going to painful.
Date published: 2020-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EASY LISTENING I thoroughly enjoyed this audio download. Neil Tyson is easy too understand and uses the vernacular to explain otherwise difficult subjects...highly recommend you get this short (6 lectures) audio. Too bad "The Great Courses" are getting away from offering audio downloads so you can listen to them on your smart phone while driving!!
Date published: 2019-06-04
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Overview

Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you into the heart of some of science's greatest mysteries, including string theory, multiple universes, extraterrestrial life, and much more!

About

Neil deGrasse Tyson
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."

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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
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The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

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History's Mysteries

01: History's Mysteries

Science history is filled with puzzling mysteries that were only solved with modern science's focus on experimentation instead of thought. Here, take a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but, thanks to modern physics, are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to travel a...

35 min
The Spooky Universe

02: The Spooky Universe

Did you know that electrons, discovered in 1897, have never actually been observed by scientists? Or that quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster or find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more slowly for you? Delve into these and other mind-warping facts and insights about the fundamentals of matter in a lecture that covers everything from particle physics to quant...

32 min
Inexplicable Life

03: Inexplicable Life

Join Professor Tyson on a fascinating investigation of the possible origins of life in the universe. Why was Jupiter believed to be a good environment for life in the 17th century? Why is there only one single "tree of life" on Earth instead of multiple ones? How do extremophiles help scientists study life's genesis? Could life have come to Earth from another planet? And what do we mean when we ho...

30 min
Inexplicable Physics

04: Inexplicable Physics

Among the many topics you'll learn about in this lecture are the discovery of more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos, tao particles, and the three regimes of matter; the secrets of string theory (which offers the hope of unifying all the particles and forces of physics); and even the hypothetical experience of traveling through a black hole.

30 min
Inexplicable Space

05: Inexplicable Space

Scientists have made astounding progress in their grasp of the universe. But what remains to be understood? Investigate some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the longest-standing problems in astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. And e...

32 min
Inexplicable Cosmology

06: Inexplicable Cosmology

Take a fascinating trip through dimensions higher than our own. You'll discover how quantum physics and string theory have opened our eyes to the possibilities of quantum foam, the multiverse, antimatter, and tachyons. Also, join Dr. Tyson for a preview of the long-term fate of the universe (including the collision of galaxies, the burning out of stars, and the decay of orbits into black holes).

35 min