Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity (The Great Courses)

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Your world is filled with structures that have stood the test of time. That give character to the cities and landscapes in which they’re located. That are visited by millions of people each year. And that capture our wonder for the marvels of engineering innovation and progress. But while structures such as the Giza pyramids, […]

Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations (The Great Courses)

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Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are? This course brings you the answers that […]

Myth in Human History (The Great Courses)

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A warrior embarks on a voyage to retrieve a mysterious fleece. A man lassoes the sun to lengthen the day. A giant boar raises the earth from the sea with its enormous tusks. These are just a few of the thousands of myths from around the world. They are tales of powerful gods, fearless heroes, […]

Understanding Cultural and Human Geography (The Great Courses)

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No one is an island. The community where you live, the food you eat, and the people you know are all part of a global chain of connections. Humans have transformed the planet over the past 10,000 years, and today, thanks to our transportation infrastructure, telecommunications, and a restless economy, the pace of globalization is […]

Story of Human Language (The Great Courses)

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I never met a person who is not interested in language, wrote the bestselling author and psychologist Steven Pinker. There are good reasons that language fascinates us so. It not only defines humans as a species, placing us head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators, but it also beguiles us with its […]

Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations (The Great Courses)

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Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are? This course brings you the answers that […]

Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works (The Great Courses)

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Physics is the fundamental science. It explains how the universe behaves at every scale, from the subatomic to the extragalactic. It describes the most basic objects and forces and how they interact. Its laws tell us how the planets move, where light comes from, what keeps birds aloft, why a magnet attracts and also repels, […]

Introduction to Number Theory (The Great Courses)

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How could an ancient king be tricked into giving his servant more than 671 billion tons of rice? It’s all due to a simple but powerful calculation involving the sum of geometric progression — an important concept in number theory and just one of the fascinating concepts you’ll encounter in An Introduction to Number Theory. […]

Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond (The Great Courses)

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Ever since modern game theory—the scientific study of interactive, rational decision making—achieved prominence in the mid-20th century, it has proven instrumental in helping us understand how and why we make decisions. Game theory plays a crucial role in our lives and provides startling insights into all endeavors in which humans cooperate or compete, including biology, […]

Power over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory (The Great Courses)

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Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Marx, Gandhi—these exceptional thinkers sculpted, piece by piece, Western political thought from its inception in 5th-century (B.C.) Athens.In so doing, they grappled with such imposing questions as: What is the correct relationship of the individual to society? What is the connection between individual freedom and social and political authority? Are human […]