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Examine the astonishing technology used in the quest for exoplanets, such as the COROT satellite (artists rendition above). Its
telescope will observe changes in a stars brightness that may indicate that a planet is transiting in front of it.

Doppler shift: The slight wobble of a star due to orbiting


planets can also be detected as a
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spectrum, as the star alternately
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Transit: When a planet crosses
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position, the light temporarily
bends a bit more.
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been done!
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how many planets there are, how
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star, their likely compositions, and
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as Professor Winn extracts a wealth
of information from a spectrum, a
light graph, a diffraction pattern,
and other subtle clues.
EXPLORE UNKNOWN WORLDS
To help you grasp the vastness
of the universe, Professor Winn
demonstrates a virtual scale-model
solar system, centered on Times
Square in New York City, that

serves as a yardstick for comparisons


throughout the course. For example,
if the Sun is reduced to the size of
an adult human, then at the same
scale Earth is the size of a grape,
two and a half blocks away, and the
closest star with a known planet is
32,000 miles awaya distance 30%
greater than the circumference of
the entire Earth. Imagine trying to
detect a grape at that distance!
The lectures are lavishly illustrated with astronomical photographs,
graphics, computer animations, and
special effects that help you appreciate the extraordinary variety of planetary systems. And Professor Winns
personal anecdotes add a human
dimension, showing the challenge
and excitement of science. Since
exoplanetary science is unusually
interdisciplinary, you are introduced
to a wide range of fundamental
ideas, including these:
Astronomy: Among the topics
you cover are planetary science,

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Designed for everyone from armchair explorers to serious skywatchers, The Search for Exoplanets follows the numerous twists and turns
in the hunt for exoplanetsthe false
starts, the sudden breakthroughs,
and the extraordinary discoveries.
Dr. Winn covers all the necessary
background, reviewing the simple
mathematics of planetary orbits and
the scientific principles behind the
techniques that eventually found
planets at mind-boggling distances
from our home base.
Considering that a star is millions
to billions of times brighter than
even its largest planet, this is a scientific detective story like no other,
involving methods such as these:
Astrometry: A star and its planet
both orbit their common center
of mass, typically a point slightly
off-center from the center of the
star. In principle, this effect can
be observed as a tiny wobble in
the stars position in the sky.

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stellar evolution, telescopes, cosmology, and asteroseismology


(the science of star quakes).
Physics: You investigate orbits,
tides, the electromagnetic spectrum, spectroscopy, optics, quantum mechanics, and special and
general relativity.
Life sciences: You learn about
the quest for life, which combines the search for signals from
extraterrestrial intelligence with
the hunt for biosignatures of
microbial life.
After completing this fascinating
course, you will be well equipped to
understand one of the most momentous developments of our time.
Exoplanets will be making big news
for years to come, and at the end of
the course Professor Winn describes
ambitious projects that are on the
drawing board as well as discoveries
that he predicts for the near future.
Perhaps the only reason exoplanets
havent attracted more attention is
that science fiction long ago prepared
us for these wonders. But unlike the
adventures on Star Trek, these projects are real. We invite you to join a
scientist who is on a mission that can
only be compared to the exploits of
Columbus, Magellan, and Lewis and
Clark.
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Joshua N. Winn is an
Associate Professor of Physics at
the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT). After earning
his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, he
held fellowships from the National
Science Foundation and NASA at
the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics.
Dr. Winns research goals are to
explore the properties of planets
around other stars, understand how
planets form and evolve, and make
progress on the age-old question
of whether there are other planets
capable of supporting life. He was
a member of the science team of
NASAs Kepler mission and is the
Deputy Science Director of a future
NASA mission called the Transiting
Exoplanet Survey Satellite. He has
authored or coauthored more than
100 scientific articles on the subject
of exoplanetary science.

At MIT, Dr. Winn teaches physics


and astronomy and has won
several awards for his dedication
to his students, including the
Buechner Faculty Teaching Prize
in 2008 and the School of Science
Prize for Excellence in Graduate
Teaching in 2013. His talent for
communicating science to the
general public was honed during
graduate school, when he wrote for
the science section of The Economist.
COURSE CURRICULUM
1 Why Study Exoplanets?
Learn about the exciting mission of
exoplanetary sciencethe study of
planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun.
Review the eight planets in our solar
system, which provide a baseline for
understanding the more than 1,000
worlds recently discovered in our region
of the Milky Way galaxy.
2 How to Find an Exoplanet
Given the extreme
faintness of a
planet relative to
the star it orbits,
how can
astronomers
possibly find it?
Learn about direct
and indirect methods of detection. As an
example of the indirect method, discover
why a planet causes a stars position to
change, providing a strategy for locating
exoplanets without seeing them.
3 Doppler and Transit
Planet-Finding Methods
Explore two other indirect approaches for
finding exoplanets: first, by measuring the
Doppler shift in the color of a star due to
the pull of an unseen orbiting planet; and
second, by measuring the tiny drop in the
brightness of a star as a planet transits in
front of it.
4 Pioneers of Planet Searching
Chart the history of exoplanet hunting
from a famous false signal in the 1960s,
through ambiguous discoveries in the
1980s, to the big breakthrough in the
1990s, when dozens of exoplanets
turned up. Astronomers were stunned to
find planets unlike anything in the solar
system.
5 The Misplaced Giant Planets
Investigate 51
Pegasi b, the first
planet detected
around a Sun-like
star, which shocked
astronomers by
being roughly the
size of Jupiter but
in an orbit much closer to its star than
Mercury is to the Sun. Probe the strange
characteristics of these hot Jupiters,
which have turned up around many stars.

6 Explaining the Misplaced Giant Planets


The standard theory of planet formation
is based on our solar system. But does
this view require revision based on the
existence of misplaced giant planetshot
Jupiters circling close to their parent
stars? Compare competing theories that
try to resolve this conflict.
7 The Transits of Exoplanets
A tiny percentage
of exoplanets can
be detected
transitingor
passing in front of
their host stars.
Combined with
Doppler shifts,
transits provide information about a
planets size, mass, density, and likely
composition. Learn how ambitious
amateur astronomers can use this
detection technique in their own
backyards.
8 Sniffing Planetary Atmospheres
Survey the history of spectroscopy
to understand how a telescope and
a diffraction grating can disclose the
composition of a star and its planet.
Then learn how transits and occultations
are ideal for analyzing planetary
atmospheres, paving the way for the
search for signatures of life.
9 Stellar Rotation and
Planetary Revolution
Trace Professor Winns own search
for the subtle signs that tell whether a
star has a tilted axis. Discover why this
is an important clue in the mystery of
misplaced giant planets. Also hear how
he chanced into the field of exoplanetary
science.
10 Super-Earths or Mini-Neptunes?
Learn how a
sensitive new
instrument led the
way in finding
planets smaller
than the
Jupiter-sized giants
that dominated the
earliest exoplanetary discoveries.
Halfway in size between Earth and
Neptune, these worlds have uncertain
properties. For clues about their nature,
consider how our solar system formed.
11 T
 ransiting Planets and
the Kepler Mission
The planet search took a giant leap
forward in 2009 with the launch of
the Kepler spacecraft, which used the
transit technique to observe nearly
200,000 stars over a four-year period.
Study Keplers goals, results, and the
persistence of the astronomer who
championed it.
12 Compact Multiplanet Systems
Dig deeper into the treasure trove of
data from the Kepler mission, which
discovered hundreds of compact
multiplanet systems, with planets much
more closely packed than in our solar
system. Explore the dynamics of these

Video Features Include


This course features hundreds of visual
elements including engaging 3-D
animations, illustratiions, and more.

Multiple visual elements support Dr.


WInns materials.

State-of-the-art graphics illustrate


techniques used by astronomers to
detect exoplanets.

3-D images provide a new perspective


of the stars.

Photos and illustrations show the


telescopes and other amazing
technology used by astronomers.

groupings, which have planets interacting


strongly through mutual gravitation.
13 Planets Circling Two Stars
See how data from the Kepler spacecraft
confirms a scenario straight out of the
movie Star Wars: a planet with two suns.
Investigate the tricky orbital mechanics
of these systems. A double star also
complicates the heating and cooling
cycle on a planet. However, the view is
spectacular!
14 Lava Worlds
Explore the theoretical limit of the
smallest possible orbit for a planet,
taking into consideration tidal stresses
and other destructive processes. Then
focus on Professor Winns search for
such objects, which found probable lava
worldsplanets heated to rock-melting
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Hunt for new and unusual planets such as this one, called HAT-P-7b (artists rendition above). This hot Jupiter planet orbits a star with a much higher temperature than
that of our sun.

15 Earthlike Planets
Begin your search for planets that may
harbor life by studying the conditions
that make Earth habitable, including
its distance from the Sun, surface
temperature, atmosphere, and oceans.
Then examine strategies for finding
Earthlike planets and the progress to
date.
16 Living with a Dwarf Star
The most common
stars are class M
dwarf stars, which
are smaller and
less luminous than
the Sun (class G).
Earth-sized planets
are much easier to
detect around M-dwarf stars, especially if
the planets are within the relatively
close-in habitable zone. Explore
examples and the prospect for life on
such worlds.

17 Living with a Giant Star


In billions of years, the Sun will expand
into a red giant, possibly engulfing Earth.
Learn how planet-finding techniques give
astronomers insight into the processes
inside giant stars. Then study the planets
around these behemoths for clues about
Earths ultimate fate.
18 Our Nearest Exoplanetary Neighbors
Pinpoint the location of the nearest
exoplanetary systems to Earth. First,
get the big picture on the layout of our
Milky Way galaxy, its size, and the Suns
position. Also learn why the Kepler
spacecraft focused on exoplanets much
more distant than those targeted by the
Doppler technique.
19 F
 inding Planets with
Gravitational Lensing
Get a lesson in Einsteins general theory
of relativity to understand an effect
called gravitational microlensing, which
allows astronomers to deduce a planets
existence without recording any light
from the planet or its host star. This
technique reveals exoplanets that would
otherwise go undetected.

20 Finding Planets with Direct Imaging


Turn to the most
obvious way to
find exoplanets:
direct imaging.
Explore the optics
of telescopes to
learn why spotting
an exoplanet next
to its parent star is so difficult. Then see
how this limitation has been overcome in
a handful of cases.
21 N
 ear-Term Future
Planet-Finding Projects
The success of exoplanetary science
has spurred a wave of new projects
to increase our knowledge of worlds
beyond our solar system. Survey groundand space-based programs that are now
in the works. Professor Winn gives a
preview of a space mission that he and
his MIT colleagues are designing.

in the habitable zone of a nearby star.


Examine three different engineering
approaches: the coronagraph,
interferometer, and starshade.
23 The Search for Life on Exoplanets
Join the quest for life on exoplanets,
focusing on the search for extraterrestrial
intelligence (SETI)a hunt for signals
from alien civilizations inspired by
a landmark paper in 1959. See how
the famous Drake equation points to
factors that determine how many such
civilizations may exist.
24 Coming Soon: Biosignatures,
Moons, and More!
Explore the distinctive biosignatures that
show the presence of life of any kind on
an exoplanet. Then close with Professor
Winns tip sheet on exoplanetary
discoveries likely in the near futurefrom
evidence of moons to planets being
destroyed by giant stars.

22 Long-Term Future
Planet-Finding Projects
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that may one day succeed in collecting
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to their host stars.

EXCERPT: LECTURE 23: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE ON EXOPLANETS

ARE WE ALONE IN THIS UNIVERSE?


Imagine waking up one morning and reading a headline in the
newspaper: Astronomers find life
on another planet. Imagine how
stunned youd be. We are NOT
alone! ...
Wouldnt that make all the
other articles in the newspaper
about the skirmishes, politics,
and other business here on Earth
seem provincial? Almost,
trivial? I think the discovery of life
elsewhere in the universe would
be transformative. It would divide
history into a before, and an after
from that point forward our
civilization would change in ways
that are hard to predict. ...
The modern search for life on
exoplanets got started in the late
1950s, long before exoplanets were
discovered. Nevertheless there was
a widespread presumption that exoplanets existed, and a few scientists
realized that our own communication technology had advanced to
the point that we could imagine
broadcasting messages to the nearest
stars. The signals would take years
to arrive, even traveling at the speed
of light, but they would arrive with
enough power to conceivably be
detected. And therefore, if there
were alien civilizations in those
other star systems, they might be
broadcasting to us.
The first scientific paper on this
subject was in 1959, by Giuseppe
Cocconi and Philip Morrison. ...
[and made] 5 points:

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communications technology is
ahead of ours by millions or billions
of years. This is because our own
technology is only a few hundred
years old, the blink of an eye, by
astronomical standards. Planets and
stars persist for billions of years, so
in general, other civilizations are
going to be much older than ours.
Point two. Sending messages is
technologically more challenging
than listening for messagesso it
makes more sense for us to listen
than to broadcast. The challenge
then becomes trying to anticipate
what we should listen for.
In their third point, Cocconi
and Morrison offer an answer: we
should listen for some kind of electromagnetic wavesthat is, photons. Photons are the best particle
for long-distance communication
because theyre easy to create and

detect, and they travel at the fastest


possible speed, the speed of light.
And, they have no electric charge.
Charged particles are problematic
because they dont go in straight
linesif you fire electrons or protons across the galaxy, they go in
complicated, curving trajectories
because of the galaxys magnetic
field. You cant control where they
go.
Point four: Of all the types of
electromagnetic waves we could use
for interstellar communication, the
best are radio waves, as opposed to
say, visible light, or X-rays. This is
because the technology for sending
and receiving radio waves is more
straightforward, and because theres
relatively little interference from
natural sources of radiation. The
galaxy is quiet at radio wavelengths.
But, even after we restrict our attention to radio waves, there are still a
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have wavelengths anywhere in size


from millimeters to kilometersso
which ones should we be monitoring?
That led to Cocconi and
Morrisons fifth point: any
advanced civilization will realize
theres a special radio wavelength
dictated by the laws of physics: 21
centimeters. Or, if we express it as
a frequency of oscillation, rather
than a wavelength, its 1420 megahertz on the radio dialthe electric
field oscillates 1420 million times
per second. Thats the frequency
at which hydrogenthe most
common element in the universe
naturally broadcasts. You see, for
the most part, an atom of hydrogen
is silent and doesnt radiate at all,
but, every now and thenevery
ten million years or soit emits
an electromagnetic wave with a
frequency of 1420 megahertz. That
happens when the magnetic fields
of the electron and the proton, the
two particles that make up a hydrogen atom, flip from being parallel
to each other to being in opposite
directions. Radio astronomers routinely listen to the clouds of hydrogen gas in the Milky Way singing
at 1420 megahertz. So that seems
like the natural choice for a hailing
frequency for any advanced civilizations. ...
[As noted in] the final paragraph
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Morrison:The probability of success
is difficult to estimate; but if we never
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Course Taught by an Award-Winning Astronomer
A Visual Guide to the Universe
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
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Northwestern University

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superheated matter swirling into
omer at Northwestern University.
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Solar Dynamics Observatory
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has recorded time-lapse footage
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dwarf galaxyjust as Andromeda bang, which is the key to underof the sun in ultraviolet light,
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standing the large-scale structure of
including an explosion of matepracticed observers alike, A Visual
Milky Way.
the universe.
rial from the solar atmosphere,
Guide to the Universe covers a wide
Dark matter revealed: Most of
The fantastic scientific story
with debris smashing back into
range of telling phenomena that have
the matter in the universe doesnt behind these remarkable images
the suns seething outer layer.
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is yours in A Visual Guide to the
Runaway star: A normal-looknomical discovery. In selecting the
at any wavelength. The most
Universe, produced in partnership
ing nearby star is in fact racing
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with the Smithsonianone of the
through space more than 20
for variety and scientific significance,
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let. The action shows up in an
in astronomy, making this course
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an ideal visual tour through todays
clusters.
you from our neighborhood of the
reveals a shock wave of interstelthrilling science of the universe.
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Many people associate space exploration with human spaceflight. But
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robotic instruments such as these:
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has been sending back high-resolution images of the ringed
planet and its moons since 2004.
Among the findings: The moon
Enceladus has towering surface
geysers spewing water ice and
organic molecules into space.

On-screen text lets you follow along with key


points as your professor tells you about each
fantastic image.

Hubble Space Telescope:


Capable of resolving objects 10
times smaller than the largest
ground-based telescopes, Hubble
has been revolutionizing optical
astronomy for more than two
decades. Its countless images
include breathtaking studies of
far distant galaxies.
Spitzer Space Telescope: Details
of star birth are often hidden
from optical view inside dark
clouds of interstellar dust.
But the process is crystal clear
in infrared, which Spitzer is
designed to detect, making it the
ideal instrument for observing
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory:
Extremely energetic processes
in the universe produce X-rays,
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Chandra does just that, allowing
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connected with black holes and
other phenomena that heat gas
to extreme temperatures.

Graphics and animations explain the structures


of a variety of objects in space such as black
holes, quasars, and more.

Learn about the dazzling array of scientific


observatories currently used by scientists to
explore the farthest reaches of the universe.

Among your many adventures,


you explore the red planet with
the Mars rovers, orbit an asteroid
with the Dawn space probe, solve
the mystery of gamma-ray bursts
with the Compton Gamma Ray
Observatory, and take an extraordinary baby picture of the early universe with the Wilkinson Microwave
Anisotropy Probe. In case after
case, you use multiple instruments
to view the same object at different
wavelengths, learning how each portion of the electromagnetic spectrum
contains clues that let you assemble
a remarkably complete picture of
events happening up to billions of
light-years away.
Of course, the true space explorers are the astronomers and other
scientists who direct the activities of
these far-flung machines. Professor
Meyer is one such investigator,
having used space telescopes many
times in his research. He speaks
from experience when he describes
the astounding missionsexploits
that can be compared to those of

Columbus, Magellan, and Lewis and


Clark.
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Dr. David M. Meyer is Professor
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in Astronomy from the University
of California, Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE SMITHSONIAN
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian
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Probing the Cosmos from Space


The Magnetic Beauty of the Active Sun
MarsWater and the Search for Life
Vesta and the Asteroid Belt
SaturnThe Rings of Enchantment

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7 The Search for Other Earths
8 The Swan Nebula
9 The Seven Sisters and Their Stardust Veil
10 Future Supernova, Eta Carinae

11 Runaway Star, Zeta Ophiuchi


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13 The Andromeda Galaxy
14 Hubbles Galaxy Zoo
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Professor of Biology and Professor of Cognitive Science John Long
Vassar College

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obots. The mere word


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People have been dreaming about robots for almost as long as weve had words
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Transforming our studios into a veritable robotics laboratory, Professor
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Director and co-founder of Vassars
Interdisciplinary Robotics Research
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funding from major government
agencies, including the National

to describe the idea of a mechanical human, an artificial animal, a machine that


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Dr. John Long is a Professor of
Biology and a Professor of Cognitive
Science at Vassar College.

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7 Animal-Inspired Robot Behavior


8 Basic Skills for Making Robots
9 Designing a New Robot
10 A Robot for Every Task?
11 Robot Arms in the Factory
12 Mobile Robots at Home

13 Hospital Robots and Neuroprosthetics


14 Self-Driving Vehicles
15 Flying Robots: From Autopilots to Drones
16 Underwater Robots That Hover and Glide
17 Space Robots in Orbit and on Other Worlds
18 Why Military Robots Are Different

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20 Swarm Robots
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3 Robot Actuators and Movement
4 Robot Sensors and Simple Communication
5 Robot Controllers and Programming
6 Human-Inspired Robot Planning

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new release

How Does Music


Speak to Us?
Music and the Brain
Professor of Psychology Aniruddh D. Patel | Tufts University

Discover what happens when melody meets the mind in


these entrancing lectures on the neuroscience of music.

usic is an integral part of


humanity. Every culture
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society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes,
and rhythms taps into something
universal. Babies are soothed by it.
Young adults dance for hours to it.
Older adults can relive their youth
with the vivid memories it evokes.
Music is part of our most important
rituals, and it has been the medium
of some of our greatest works of art.
Yet even though music is intimately woven into the fabric of our
lives, it remains deeply puzzling,
provoking questions such as:
How and why did musical
behavior originate?
What gives mere tones such a
powerful effect on our emotions?
Are we born with our sense of
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In the last 20 years, researchers
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riddles thanks to cognitive neuro-

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Do the brains of musicians differ
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Can musical training promote
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Is there a deep connection
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In Music and the Brain, neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology
Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University
probes one of the minds most profound mysteries. Covering the latest
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deficits involved in amusia, or the
inability to hear musicthese 18
enthralling half-hour lectures will
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Designed for music lovers and
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Music is a powerful, ancient, and ubiquitous part of being humanbut why? New
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and the Brain is truly interdisciplinary and assumes no prior


background. Here is your unrivaled
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel is a
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University. He received his Ph.D.
in Organismic and Evolutionary
Biology from Harvard University,
where he studied with Edward O.

Wilson and Evan Balaban. His


research focuses on the cognitive
neuroscience of music. In 2009,
he received the Music Has Power
Award from the Institute for Music
and Neurologic Function in New
York City.
Between 2009 and 2011,
Professor Patel served as President
of the Society for Music Perception
and Cognition.

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1 Music: Culture, Biology, or Both?
2 Seeking an Evolutionary Theory of Music
3 Testing Theories of Musics Origins
4 Music, Language, and
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6 Musical Building Blocks: Pitch and Timbre


7 Consonance, Dissonance,
and Musical Scales
8 Arousing Expectations:
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9 The Complexities of Musical Rhythm

10 Perceiving and Moving to a Rhythmic Beat


11 Nature, Nurture, and Musical Brains
12 Cognitive Benefits of Musical Training
13 The Development of Human
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14 Disorders of Music Cognition

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17 Are We the Only Musical Species?
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Explore the Mind-Blowing Science of Heat,


Time, and Entropy
Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
Professor in the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering Jeffrey C. Grossman | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This advanced yet accessible course delves into the


fascinating and enormously important subject of
thermodynamics. Start with the basics of heat and
energy and move deeper into the four laws that govern
so much of the world around us.

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the evolution and fate of the


universe. The second law of thermodynamics led to the discovery
of entropy, which explains the
arrow of time and the unidirectionality of all processes.
In daily life, thermodynamics
explains why salt melts ice, why
conventional car engines are so
inefficient, and why the cheese
on a hot slice of pizza burns the
roof of your mouth, but the crust
at the same temperature doesnt.
When Albert Einstein contemplated the laws of thermodynamics,
he was awestruck. It is the only
physical theory of universal content
that will never be overthrown,
he wrote. Of the famous second
law, the English scientist and novelist C. P. Snow cited it as equal to
Shakespeares plays in its importance
to the cultural literacy of every educated person.
Thermodynamics: Four Laws
That Move the Universe gives you
an in-depth tour of this vital and
fascinating science in 24 enthralling
lectures that are suitable for everyone
from science novices to professionals in the field who wish to review
elementary concepts and formulas.
Your teacher is Professor Jeffrey
C. Grossman of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, a scientist
at the forefront of research on new
materials with applications in energy
conversion, energy storage, and clean
water.
FOUR FAR-REACHING LAWS
The four laws of thermodynamics describe how energy moves,
why it changes from one form to

A water-cooled nuclear fission reactor going into meltdown. Control rods are fused,
and the concrete containment vessel is glowing because of the high temperatures.

another, and how matter is affected during these transformations.


You begin with the zeroth law (so
named because it is fundamental to
the other laws), which defines the
concept of temperature in terms of
thermal equilibrium. The first law
is a declaration of the conservation
of energy principle. The second law
explains why heat always flows from
hot to cold. And the third law deals
with the impossibility of reaching
absolute zero.
With these laws as a launching point, you learn foundational

concepts that are critical pillars of


science and engineeringideas
such as entropy, chemical potential,
Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, osmotic pressure, heat capacity, eutectic
melting, and the Carnot cycle. These
and other ideas shed light on many
phenomena in the natural world,
and they are the analytical tools that
engineers use to create new devices
and technologies.
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hat is heat? What is temperature? What is energy?


What is time? When we
look beneath the surface of these
everyday terms to learn how scientists
understand them, we encounter a
realm of fundamental processes that
rule the universe.
This is the domain of thermodynamics, the branch of science that
deals with the movement of heat.
Nothing seems simpler, but nothing
is more subtle and wide-ranging in
its effects. And nothing has had a
more profound impact on the development of modern civilization.
Thermodynamic processes are at
the heart of everything that involves
heat, energy, and work, making an
understanding of them indispensable
for careers in engineering, physical
science, biology, meteorology, and
even nutrition and culinary arts.
Consider these applications of the
laws of thermodynamics:
The Industrial Revolution in the
1700s harnessed fire and fuel to
produce power, leading to new
forms of manufacturing, transportation, and the breathtaking
array of technologies we have
todaythanks to a mastery of
thermodynamics.
New advances in alternative
energy, fresh water production,
materials science, communication, computing, and a host of
other fields are in the works as
thermodynamic processes are
being applied at scales as small as
the quantum realm.
Thermodynamic concepts play
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SEEING IS BELIEVING!
Professor Grossman is a born educator and showman. In nearly every

lecture, he puts on his lab coat and


goggles and smashes, breaks, ignites,
or otherwise converts energy from
one form into anothershowing
thermodynamics in action.
Thermodynamics is also illustrated with scores of informative
diagrams, animations, and simple
equations that add depth and clarity
to the presentation. For example,
you learn how phase diagrams are a
powerful tool for discovering how
temperature, pressure, and other
variables affect the solid, liquid, and
gaseous phases of matter.
Intriguingly, phase diagrams
reveal that water and other liquids
have a triple point, where they
can simultaneously freeze and boil.
Professor Grossman demonstrates
this astonishing phenomenon on
camera. Some of his other eye-opening experiments include the following:
Work = heat: The first law of
thermodynamics relates heat to
mechanical motion. See how a
piece of cotton can be set afire
by striking a piston with a hammer, thanks to the change from
work to heat, which is explained
by an equation called the ideal
gas law.
When 1+1 doesnt equal 2:
Combine 50 milliliters of water
with an equal volume of ethanol
and you get 97not 100milliliters of the combined solution.
Ethanol molecules are able to
fit inside open spaces between
water moleculesan illustration

of the thermodynamic concept


of partial molar volume.
Alternative engines: We are all
familiar with heat engines that
extract power from burning fuel,
such as the internal combustion
engine. But there are many
other ways to convert energy
into work. See how engines can
be built so they are powered by
magnetism, phase change, entropy, and surface tension.
You will also see a balloon resist
popping while held in a flame, a
hundred dollar bill set on fire without charring, and a massive 10-foothigh eruption caused by a very simple chemical reaction. Each of these
experiments makes the challenging
concepts of thermodynamics memorable and intuitive.
At the end of Thermodynamics,
Professor Grossman gives a glimpse
of his own pioneering research on
clean energy and water. Having
come this far in the course, you will
truly appreciate his excitement over
innovative solar thermal fuels and
desalination membranes. Best of all,
you will understand how and why
they work!
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Jeffrey C. Grossman is
Professor in the Department of
Materials Science and Engineering
at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT). He earned his
B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins
University and his M.S. in Physics
and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics
from the University of Illinois at
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TemperatureThermodynamics First Force
Salt, Soup, Energy, and Entropy
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13 How Materials Respond to Heat


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Understanding the Human Body: An
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Professor of Medicine Anthony A. Goodman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Montana State University

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experience. By necessity, medical stu Cardiovascular System: The
dents dissecting cadavers must study
course opens with the cardioall of the organs in one area before
vascular system, focusing on the
moving on to the next. They simply
heart in Lectures 1 and 2. You
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responsibilities, and how the provascular system; then, the gastroincesses can break down. Lectures
testinal system; and so on.
3 and 4 complete the cardiovascular system with descriptions
By contrast, this course introduces
of the anatomy and physiology
anatomy by systems and depends
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including arteries, veins, and


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Respiratory System: Tied directly to the structure and function
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pancreas in Lecture 21. In
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thyroid gland and the parathyroid glands.
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ureters, and bladder.
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Anthony A. Goodman is
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
at Montana State University
and Affiliate Professor in the

Department of Biological Structure


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University of Michigan Medical
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1 Cardiovascular SystemAnatomy of the Heart
2 Cardiovascular SystemPhysiology of the Heart
3 Cardiovascular SystemAnatomy
of the Great Vessels
4 Cardiovascular SystemPhysiology
of the Great Vessels
5 Respiratory SystemAnatomy of the Lungs
6 Respiratory SystemPhysiology of the Lungs
7 Nervous SystemAnatomy of the Brain
8 Nervous SystemPhysiology of the Brain
9 Nervous SystemSpinal Cord and Spinal Nerves
10 Nervous SystemAutonomic Nervous
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11 Nervous SystemThe Eyes


12 Nervous SystemThe Ears,
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13 Nervous SystemMemory
14 Digestive SystemAnatomy of the
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15 Digestive SystemPhysiology of the
Mouth, Esophagus, and Stomach
16 Digestive SystemAnatomy of the
Pancreas, Liver, and the Biliary Tree
17 Digestive SystemPhysiology of the
Pancreas, Liver, and the Biliary Tree

18 Digestive SystemAnatomy of the


Small Intestine, Colon, and Rectum
19 Digestive SystemPhysiology of the
Small Intestine, Colon, and Rectum
20 Endocrine SystemThe Pituitary
and Adrenal Glands
21 Endocrine SystemPancreas
22 Endocrine SystemThyroid
and Parathyroid Glands
23 Urinary SystemAnatomy of the
Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder
24 Urinary SystemPhysiology of the
Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder

25 Reproductive SystemMale
26 Reproductive SystemFemale
27 Reproductive SystemPhysiology
of Genetic Inheritance
28 Musculoskeletal SystemPhysiology
and Physics of the Muscles
29 Musculoskeletal System
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30 Musculoskeletal SystemBones
31 Immune SystemAnatomy and Physiology
32 The Biology of Human Cancer

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George Mason University

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13 Achondrites and Geochemical Affinities
14 The Accretion and
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15 How Did the Moon Form?

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Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes


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his sentence is false.


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Bertrand Russell: Known to
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Georg Cantors theory of sets.
David Hilbert: In addition to
his work on the foundations of
mathematics, Hilbert proposed
the delightful paradox of the
hotel with an infinite number of
rooms, which always has room
for more guestseven when it is
completely full!
Albert Einstein: The famous
paradoxes of Einsteins special
theory of relativitytwins age at
different rates, two events switch
their orderall trace to a simple
assumption: the speed of light
is independent of an observers
state of motion.
AND THE PARADOXES
OF DAILY LIFE
Daily life also leads to counter-intuitive complications. For example,
Professor Kung provides tips for
making sense of averages, which can

be deceptively unclear. From car


mileage to student/faculty ratios to
stock market indexes, the trick is to
know the appropriate denominator
and pay attention to any weighting
factors. He spotlights these common
paradoxical pitfalls:
Simpsons paradox: Looking
at two groups of data separately can sometimes produce the
opposite conclusion from when
the groups are combined. One
should be particularly wary of
this problem when making medical decisions based on statistics.
Prosecutors fallacy: In legal
trials, a prosecutor can prejudice
the case against a defendant by
using fallacious reasoning from
probability. The deception usually traces to the use of an inappropriate sample space.
Apportionment paradox: The
U.S. Constitution provides
that each states delegation in
the House of Representatives
should be proportional to the
states population. But paradoxes
abound in readjusting the numbers after every national census.
Paradoxes and puzzles appeal to
the eye as well as the mind, and
Mind-Bending Math is stocked
with experiments, graphics, and special effects that bring physical and
geometric riddles to life. Each lecture features a short segment called
Quick Conundrum that presents a
simple but perplexing phenomenon
that you can easily explore at home.
Youll see the surprising result of
breaking spaghetti, the weird behavior of the hexaflexagon, the challenge of stacking books so that the
one on top seems to defy gravity,
how to make a mystery braid, and
much more. Every quick conundrum relates to one of the lecture
topics. Moreover, they showcase
Professor Kungs gift for revealing
deep lessons in everyday marvels.
This mesmerizing course will
have you contemplating everything
from the enthralling paradox of paradoxes to the potential pitfalls when
it comes to buying applesusing
basic logic and math principles as
the fundamental connector to solve
exciting, mind-bending mysteries.

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MATHEMATICS

COURSE CURRICULUM
1 Everything in This Lecture Is False
Plunge into the world of paradoxes
and puzzles with a strange loop, a
self-contradictory problem from which
there seems no escape. Two examples:
the liars paradox and the barbers
paradox. Then prove that 1+1=1, and visit
the Island of Knights and Knaves, where
only the logically minded survive!
2 Elementary Math Isnt Elementary
Discover why all numbers are interesting
and why 0.99999 is nothing less than
the number 1. Learn that your intuition

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about breaking spaghetti noodles


is probably wrong. Finally, see how
averagesfrom gas mileage to the
Dow Jones Industrial Averagecan be
deceptive.
3 Probability Paradoxes
Investigate a puzzle that defied some of
the most brilliant minds in mathematics:
the Monty Hall problem, named after the
host of Lets Make a Deal! Hall would let
contestants change their guess about
the location of a hidden prize after
revealing new information about where
it was not. Also consider how subtle
changes of wordingmy elder child is
a girl vs. one of my children is a girl
change probabilities.
4 Strangeness in Statistics
While some statistics are deliberately
misleading, others are the product of
confused thinking due to Simpsons
paradox and similar errors of statistical
reasoning. See how this problem arises
in sports, social science, and especially
medicine, where even medical students
and doctors can be misled.
5 Zenos Paradoxes of Motion
Tour a series of philosophical problems
from 2,400 years ago: Zenos paradoxes
of motion, space, and time. Explore
solutions using calculus and other
techniques. Then look at the deeper
philosophical implications, which have
gained new relevance through the
discoveries of modern physics.
6 Infinity Is Not a Number
The paradoxes
associated with
infinity are
infinite! Begin with
strategies for
fitting ever more
visitors into a hotel
that has an infinite
number of rooms, but where every room
is already occupied. Also sample a
selection of supertasks, which are
exercises with an infinite number of steps
that are completed in finite time.
7 More Than One Infinity
Learn how Georg Cantor tamed infinity
and astonished the mathematical world
by showing that some infinite sets are
larger than others. Then use a matching
game inspired by dodge ball to prove
that the set of real numbers is infinitely
larger than the set of natural numbers,
which is also infinite.
8 Cantors Infinity of Infinities
Randomly pick a
real number
between 0 and 1.
What is the
probability that the
number is a
fraction, such as
? Would you
believe that the probability is zero? Probe
this and other mind-bending facts about
infinite sets, including the discovery that
made Cantor exclaim, I see it, but I dont
believe it!

9 Impossible Sets
Delve into Bertrand Russells profoundly
simple paradox that undermined Cantors
theory of sets. Then follow the scramble
to fix set theory and all of mathematics
with a new set of axioms, designed
to avoid all paradoxes and keep
mathematics consistenta goal that was
partly met by the Zermelo-Fraenkel set
theory.
10 Gdel Proves the Unprovable
Study the discovery that destroyed
the dream of an axiomatic system
that could prove all mathematical
truthsKurt Gdels demonstration that
mathematical consistency is a mirage
and that the price for avoiding paradoxes
is incompleteness. Outline Gdels proof,
seeing how it relates to the liars paradox
from Lecture 1.

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11 Voting Paradoxes
Learn that
determining the
will of the voters
can require a
mathematician.
Delve into
paradoxical
outcomes of
elections at national, state, and even club
levels. Study Kenneth Arrows Nobel
prize-winning impossibility theorem, and
assess the U.S. Electoral College system,
which is especially prone to
counterintuitive results.
12 Why No Distribution Is Fully Fair
See how the founders of the U.S.
struggled with a mathematical problem
rife with paradoxes: how to apportion
representatives to Congress based on
population. Consider the strange results
possible with different methods and the
origin of the approach used now. As with
voting, discover that no perfect system
exists.
13 Games with Strange Loops
Leap into puzzles and mind-benders that
teach you the rudiments of game theory.
Divide loot with bloodthirsty pirates,
ponder the two-envelope problem, learn
about Newcombs paradox, visit the
island where everyone has blue eyes,
and try your luck at prisoners dilemma.
14 Losing to Win, Strategizing to Survive
Continue your exploration of game
theory by spotting the hidden strange
loop in the unexpected exam paradox.
Next, contemplate Parrandos paradox
that two losing strategies can combine
to make a winning strategy. Finally,
try increasingly more challenging hat
games, using the Axiom of Choice from
set theory to perform a miracle.
15 Enigmas of Everyday Objects
Classical mechanics is full of paradoxical
phenomena, which Professor Kung
demonstrates using springs, a slinky, a
spool, and oobleck (a non-Newtonian
fluid). Learn some of the physical
principles that make everyday objects do
strange things. Also discussed (but not

Graphics and animations illustrate key


concepts and puzzles.

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demonstrated): how to float a cruise ship


in a gallon of water.
16 Surprises of the Small and Speedy
Investigate the paradoxes of
near-light-speed travel according to
Einsteins special theory of relativity.
Separated twins age at different
rates, dimensions contract, and other
weirdness unfolds. Then venture into the
quantum realm to explore the curious
nature of light and the true meaning of
the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
17 Bending Space and Time
Search for the solutions to classic
geometric puzzles, including the
vanishing leprechaun, in which 15
leprechauns become 14 before your
eyes. Next, scratch your head over a
missing square, try to connect an array
of dots with the fewest lines, and test
yourself with map challenges. Also learn
how to ride a bicycle with square wheels.
18 Filling the Gap between Dimensions
Enter another dimensiona
fractional dimension! First, hone your
understanding of dimensionality by
solving the riddle of Gabriels horn, which
has finite volume but infinite surface
area. Then venture into the fractal world
of Sierpinskis triangle, which has 1.58
dimensions, and the Menger sponge,
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR


Dr. David Kung is Professor of
Mathematics at St. Marys College
of Maryland, the states public honors college. He earned his B.A. in
Mathematics and Physics and his
Ph.D. in Mathematics from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Professor Kungs academic work
focuses on mathematics education
and the professional development
of mathematics instructors. He
serves as Director of Project NExT,
the Mathematical Association of
Americas professional development
program for new mathematics faculty. Deeply concerned with providing
equal opportunities for all math
students, he has led efforts to establish Emerging Scholars Programs at
institutions across the country. His
numerous teaching awards include
the Homer L. Dodge Award for
Excellence in Teaching by Junior
Faculty, given by St. Marys College,
and the John M. Smith Teaching
Award, given by the MarylandDistrict of Columbia-Virginia
Section of the Mathematical
Association of America.
Dr. Kungs innovative classes
including Mathematics for Social
Justice and Math, Music, and the
Mindhave helped establish St.
Marys as one of the preeminent
liberal arts programs in mathematics. An avid puzzle and game
player since an early age, he has
helped stock his department with an
impressive collection of mind-bending puzzles and challenges. Also an
active musician, Professor Kung
plays chamber music with students
and serves as the concertmaster of
his community orchestra. His other
offering with The Great Courses
is How Music and Mathematics
Relate.

Learn how to break down, examine, and solve the famous quandaries that plagued even the greatest philosophical, mathematical, and scientific minds.
19 Crazy Kinds of Connectedness
Visit the land of topology, where one
shape morphs into another by stretching,
pushing, pulling, and deformingno
cutting or gluing allowed. Start simply,
with figures such as the Mbius strip and
the torus. Then get truly strange with
the Alexander horned sphere and the
Klein bottle. Study the minimum number
of colors needed to distinguish their
different spaces.
20 Twisted Topological Universes
Consider the
complexities of
topological
surfaces. For
example, a Mbius
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himself in a 3-torus, and twists his way
through a quarter-turn manifold!
21 More with Less, Something for Nothing
Many puzzles are optimization problems
in disguise. Discover that nature often
reveals shortcuts to the solutions. See
how light, bubbles, balloons, and other
phenomena provide powerful hints
to these conundrums. Close with the
surprising answer to the Kakeya needle
problem to determine the space required
to turn a needle completely around.
22 When Measurement Is Impossible
Prove that some sets cant be
measureda result that is crucial to

understanding the Banach-Tarski


paradox, the strangest theorem in all
of mathematics, which is presented
in Lecture 23. Start by asking why
mathematicians want to measure
sets. Then learn how to construct a
non-measurable set.
23 Banach-Tarskis 1 = 1 + 1
The Banach-Tarski paradox shows that
you can take a solid ball, split it into six
pieces, reassemble three of them into
a complete ball the same size as the
original, and reassemble the other three
into another complete ball, also the
same size as the original. Professor Kung
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relish the mental dismay that comes from
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MATHEMATICS

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The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku
Professor of Mathematics Arthur T. Benjamin | Harvey Mudd College

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Dr. Arthur T. Benjamin is Professor
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5 Practical Poker Probabilities
6 Expert Backgammon

7 Games You Cant Lose and Sneaky Puzzles


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9 Mastering Rubiks Cube

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MATHEMATICS

Rediscover the Sheer Fun of Mathematics


The Joy of Mathematics

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eady to exercise those brain


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This course celebrates the sheer
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The Joy of Mathematics shows
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The connection between entertaining number tricks and the deeper
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of counting.
HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN
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Numbers such as , the imaginary
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The Joy of Numbers
The Joy of Primes
The Joy of Counting
The Joy of Fibonacci Numbers
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13 The Joy of Trigonometry


14 The Joy of the Imaginary Number i
15 The Joy of the Number e
16 The Joy of Infinity
17 The Joy of Infinite Series
18 The Joy of Differential Calculus

19 The Joy of Approximating with Calculus


20 The Joy of Integral Calculus
21 The Joy of Pascals Triangle
22 The Joy of Probability
23 The Joy of Mathematical Games
24 The Joy of Mathematical Magic

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Approach Math with Confidence


Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics James A. Sellers | The Pennsylvania State University

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8 Adding and Subtracting Decimals


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10 Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
11 Percent Problems
12 Ratios and Proportions
13 Exponents and Order of Operations
14 Negative and Positive Integers

15 Introduction to Square Roots


16 Negative and Fractional Powers
17 Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
18 GeometryTriangles and Quadrilaterals
19 GeometryPolygons and Circles
20 Number TheoryPrime
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23 Introduction to Probability
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An Introduction to Number Theory

The Queen of the Sciences:


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Professor of Mathematics Edward B. Burger


Southwestern University

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1 Number Theory and
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2 Natural Numbers and
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3 Triangular Numbers and
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4 Geometric Progressions,
Exponential Growth
5 Recurrence Sequences
6 The Binet Formula and
the Towers of Hanoi
7 The Classical Theory of
Prime Numbers
8 Eulers Product Formula
and Divisibility

9 The Prime Number


Theorem and Riemann
10 Division Algorithm and
Modular Arithmetic
11 Cryptography and Fermats
Little Theorem
12 The RSA Encryption Scheme
13 Fermats Method of Ascent
14 Fermats Last Theorem
15 Factorization and Algebraic
Number Theory
16 Pythagorean Triples
17 An Introduction to
Algebraic Geometry

18 The Complex Structure


of Elliptic Curves
19 The Abundance of
Irrational Numbers
20 Transcending the
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21 Diophantine Approximation
22 Writing Real Numbers as
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24 A Journeys End and
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Macalester College

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2 Babylonian and Egyptian
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3 Greek Mathematics
Thales to Euclid
4 Greek Mathematics
Archimedes to Hypatia
5 Astronomy anad the Origins
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6 Indian Mathematics
Trigonometry Blossoms
7 Chinese Mathematics
Advances in Computation
8 Islamic Mathematics
The Creation of Algebra

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10 Napier and the Natural Logarithm
11 Galileo and the
Mathematics of Motion
12 Fermat, Descartes, and
Analytic Geometry
13 NewtonModeling the Universe
14 Leibniz and the Emergence
of Calculus
15 EulerCalculus Proves Its Promise
16 GeometryFrom
Alhambra to Escher
17 GaussInvention of
Differential Geometry

18 Algebra Becomes the


Science of Symmetry
19 Modern Analysis
Fourier to Carleson
20 Riemann Sets New
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21 Sylvester and Ramanujan
Different Worlds
22 Fermats Last Theorem
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2 Multiplication
3 Long Division
4 Introduction to Fractions
5 Adding and Subtracting Fractions
6 Multiplying Fractions
7 Dividing Fractions

MATHEMATICS

Your Authoritative Guide to a Profound Mathematical Field


Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips
Professor of Mathematics Bruce H. Edwards | University of Florida

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2
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4
5
6
7

A Preview of Calculus
ReviewGraphs, Models, and Functions
ReviewFunctions and Trigonometry
Finding Limits
An Introduction to Continuity
Infinite Limits and Limits at Infinity
The Derivative and the Tangent
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8 Basic Differentiation Rules
9 Product and Quotient Rules

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12 Extrema on an Interval
13 Increasing and Decreasing Functions
14 Concavity and Points of Inflection
15 Curve Sketching and Linear Approximations
16 ApplicationsOptimization Problems, Part 1
17 ApplicationsOptimization Problems, Part 2
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MATTER YOUR SKILL LEVEL
From kings to commoners around
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basic notation to advanced strategy
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value here, and a wealth of interactive examples make every lesson
worth revisiting to mine key information.
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Game Fundamentals: Review
how all the pieces move, and
discover a few surprisessuch as
that the humble pawn is actually
the most complex piece on the
board. Then examine the basics
of notation and etiquette during
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forks, decoys, double attacks,
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Statics vs. Dynamics: Chess relies
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also requires the ability to strike
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One of the joys of this course is that
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Vera Menchik
Jos Ral Capablanca
Bobby Fischer
Garry Kasparov
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Jeremy Silman is an International
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National Open (1990), and the
American Open (1992).
Considered by many to be the
games preeminent instructive writer, Mr. Silman is the award-winning author or coauthor of 39
books, including How to Reassess
Your Chess: Chess Mastery through
Chess Imbalances, Silmans Complete
Endgame Course: From Beginner to
Master, and Pal Benko: My Life,
Games and Compositions. He also
has served as a chess consultant for
movies and television shows, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerers
Stone, Monk, and Malcolm in the
Middle. Additionally, he has written
hundreds of articles for a variety of
international chess magazines.
Mr. Silman also has lectured and
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Tokyo, Japan. His chess career has
taken him to all of western and
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India, China, Singapore, Thailand,
Vietnam, New Zealand, and all
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COURSE CURRICULUM
1 The World of Chess
Crossing lines of
social class,
language barriers,
and national
boundaries,
played in family
living rooms and
local chess parlors
and online games around the world,
chess is a truly universal pastime.
Discover the basics of the game and how
it began; what each piece is worth and
how it moves; and the mathematical
notation that allows players to record
games, learn from mistakes, and improve.
2 Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
Although humble, pawns are the most
complex pieces on the chessboard.
Meanwhile, the leaping knights are
perhaps the strangest pieces. Learn
how these two pieces move and what
strategies to employ with them to control
the board. Look at a few situations that
test what youve learned.
 astling, Checkmate,
3 C
Chess Engines, Draws
Complete your
review of the
basics of chess
including how to
castle, the
difference
between
checkmate and
stalemate, and the etiquette of play. Then
shift your attention to some astonishing
aspects of the game and find out about
simultaneous exhibitions, blindfolded
play, and chess computers.
4 Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
Build your arsenal of tactical skills
by looking for winning patterns on
the board. After covering three go-to
punchespins, skewers, and forksMr.
Silman turns to decoys, double attacks,
discovered attacks, and more. Armed
with these patterns of play, you now have
a major tactical advantage.
5 C
 hess Combinations and
Kings in Check
Continue your study of patternsthis
time with combination moves that require
crafty calculations. Whether youre
wondering when (and why) to sacrifice
a piece, or youre looking to trap kings
in tight corners, or you simply want to
unleash a torrent of carnage on the
board, the tactics from this lesson will
help you become a formidable player.
6 C
 heckmate! Back-Rank,
Smothered, and More
Delve into the world of piece
collaboration using two or more
pieces to win a checkmate. Mr. Silman
shows you a number of classic mates
that have delighted fans for generations.
Not only are these mating patterns flashy
and exciting, they will also give you a far
deeper understanding of the game.

7 Checkmate against a Castled King


Castling is an excellent strategy, but a
castled king is not invincible. Explore
some of the patterns that can be used to
checkmate a castled kingparticularly
using square h7. Look at when to sacrifice
a bishop, how to use your queen to go on
the hunt, and how pieces must work in
partnership for success.
8 Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
Famous chess players are some of the
most fascinating figures in history. Enrich
your understanding of tactics by learning
about four of the most famous attacking
players who ever lived: Paul Morphy,
Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, and
Garry Kasparov. Examine several of their
games to get a feel for their playing style.
 Cascade of Short, Brutal
9 A
Chess Games!
Errors are common among players at all
levels. We fall into traps, walk headfirst
into an opponents tactic, or simply miss
a good move or hidden vulnerability.
Review several ways a game can go
wrong, from the quick fools mate to
many possible short, brutal takedowns.
10 Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
Step back to an era of gaslights and
chess cafes. The romantic era of chess
of the 18th and 19th century was filled
with raucous characters who employed
swashbuckling tactics to please a crowd.
Meet three famous playersJoseph
Henry Blackburne, Adolph Anderssen,
and Baron Ignatz von Kolischand learn
what made their games so memorable.
11 Open Files and the Positional Rook
Almost everyone enjoys tactics, but
tactics are not the most important
element of the game. Begin the first
of several lessons on positional play
and chess strategy, starting with the
rooks. Learn why and how to create
an open file and employ your rooks to
best advantage. See examples of these
mighty pieces at work.
12 Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
In this lesson,
youll find out why
pawns are the
soul of chess.
Train your eye
to see the pawn
structures of a
game and their
strategic implications. After honing
your ability to read a position and see
patterns, study a few strategies for
making the most out of the pawns
including pawn chains, the passed pawn,
the Grnfeld Defense center, and more.
13 P
 ositional Weaknesses
and Targets in Chess
Continue your study of pawn movements
by examining a number of potential
weaknesses. Mr. Silman helps you notice
and make use of vulnerabilities such as
isolated pawns and doubled pawns. By
sharpening your powers of observation,
your chess game will take a giant leap
forward.

14 Closed and Open Positions


on the Chessboard
Its always
important to
develop your
pieces as quickly
as possible, but
once developed,
open and
closed board
positions require very different strategic
approaches. Study these differences and
find out how to use your knights, bishops,
or rooks for greatest successand how
best to get those pieces into play.
15 Chess Statics vs. Dynamics:
An Eternal Battle
Much of chess boils down to the tension
between static play versus dynamic play.
Static play encompasses the long game
and positional advantage, while dynamic
play is all about tactics and aggressive
attacks. Find out when to rely on each.
16 Using Chessboard Imbalances
to Create Plans
In this lesson, youll begin putting all
the pieces together from previous
lessons. Learn to read the board for
imbalances, and then discover how to
put those imbalances to work. A wealth
of examples teaches you to understand
the body language of the boarda skill
that separates successful players from
their defeated opponents.
17 Legendary Teachers Who
Transformed Chess
Meet several key players who advanced
the game from the Romantic to the
Modern era. In addition to learning about
the personalities of players such as
Andr Philidor, Wilhelm Steinitz, Siegbert
Tarrasch, and Aron Nimzowitsch, youll
study some of their most interesting
games to get a feel for how chess
became much deeper than before.
18 Chess Endgames and the
Kings Magical Powers
While you must have tactical and
positional skills to be a formidable chess
player, learning the strategy behind
a successful endgame is crucial to
bringing your understanding of chess to
the next level. This first of three lessons
on oft-neglected endgame strategy
introduces you to the powers of the king.
Mr. Silman shows you how the kings can
take over the chessboard.
19 Kings and Pawns in
Next-Level Endgames
Continue your study of endgames,
especially those involving the king and
one or more pawns. Here youll find out
how to avoidor createstalemates and
draws, as well as the critical techniques
for getting pawns to the end of the
boardor blocking those dangerous
pawn advances.
20 Triangulation and Two
Critical Rook Endgames
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with an examination of triangulation,
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(and how not to use them) to
improve your tactical abilities, but
he also gives a useful perspective on
the limits of artificial intelligence.
Ultimately, chess is an enjoyable
pastime because it is a human game.
Its about strategy, and even psychology, more than rote memorization or brute-force calculations. In
How to Play Chess: Lessons from
an International Master, youll connect or re-connect with the world
of chess in a unique, and possibly
life-changing, way. As you become
a better player, youll experience the
romance and joy of the gameand
become a better thinker to approach
any chess match or strategic thinking challenge with confidence.

EXCERPT: LESSON 1: THE WORLD OF CHESS

A COMPREHENSIVEAND ACCESSIBLEINTRODUCTION TO THE GAME OF KINGS


Chess is a game that has been
played for over 1,500 years, a game
thats a mix of war, tactics, and
strategy, a game that improves your
powers of logic and concentration,
and is, at this time, played by over
600 million people in every corner
of the globe.
I fell in love with chess when
I was 12. The countless tales
of adventure, the international
intrigue, the fact that age and gender is a non-issue, and the wonderful feeling of pure elation that
hit me when I played well or even
found one special move, all these
things drew me to this game. And
I wasnt alone. Though I was just
starting out, I found that kings,
artists, actors, politicians, scientists,
the super-rich, and the super-poor
loved it just like I did.
Though people come from all
areas of society, every nation, and
every religion, all share one common interestchess. And when
they get together, chess helps them
speak the same universal language.
When you play chess, youre suddenly part of something bigger than
yourself, something exciting, some-

the opposition) in a king-versus-king


standoff. Then turn to two common rook
endgames: the Lucena Position and
the Philidor Position. Mr. Silman offers
several general rules for handling these
situations.
21 Chess Openings: The Right
and Wrong Way
Many people believe openings are the
most important part of the game, but
as youll learn in this lesson, this belief
is wrong on many levels. Here, youll

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that cover the Earth.
So how do players thousands of
miles away from each other come
together? Some play postal chess,
which allows you to take several
days for just one move. Others
travel, and when they do, a stop
at the local chess club opens new
doors and perspectives. Many just
play family, friends, and coworkers.
And several million take advantage
of modern technology and play live
online games against someone in
encounter a few simple strategies for
developing your pieces and getting
to the middle of the game. Learn Mr.
Silmans recommended opening
repertoire so you can successfully get
through the opening with minimum
memorization.
22 Chess Psychology and the
Known Unknown
Chess is riddled with psychological
trapsparticularly if you find yourself
playing a superior opponent. Mr. Silman

China one night, Russia the next,


and New Zealand after that.
Most dont post their real names,
which means you might be playing
chess addicts already famous in
other walks of lifeactors like Will
Smith and Julia Roberts, world
boxing champions like Vladimir
Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao,
musical performers like Sting and
Madonna, basketball legend Wilt
Chamberlain, TV host David
Letterman, and the list of chess lovers goes on and on.
offers insight into several of these traps
and helps you maintain your confidence,
whether youre playing a peer on your
level or one of the most sophisticated
computers on the planet.
23 The Chess Amateurs Mind
By studying several common amateur
mistakes, such as giving away pieces
and neglecting to defend against enemy
attacks, youll strengthen your own chess
skills and get into the mindset of thinking
through your opponents best reply to

In this course, youll be immersed


in chess culture. Youll embrace the
science. Youll understand its sporting aspects. Youll learn to appreciate the art. And when all is said and
done, youll discover that youve
become quite a strong player. And
you might even find that you agree
with the great chess player and
teacher Siegbert Tarrasch who said,
Chess, like love, like music, has the
power to make men happy.
Lets start with the chessboard.
The board has always had the same
number of squares, eight by eight,
since the first chess-like games
appeared, which is often given at
620 AD. However, while the light
and dark checkerboards have been
in use since the 11th century, the
older boards didnt have any color
differentiation at all.
Chessboards generally come in
wood, the most expensive and beautiful, and plastic, light and portable.
In fact, the same can be said for
chess pieces. Of course, you can
find boards and pieces made out of
glass, metal, and just about everything else. But wood and plastic
are the go-to materials among the
serious players.
every move.
24 Picking a Chess Hero
As youve seen throughout the course,
the chess greats all have a unique
approach to the game, often rooted
in how they understand other players.
Round out the course by studying four
final championsJos Ral Capablanca,
Vera Menchik, Bobby Fischer, and Hou
Yifanto analyze their style of play and
enjoy the benefits of thinking about your
own favorite chess hero.

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But imagine if you could perform
these and other seemingly difficult
but surprisingly easycalculations
right in your head.
Seems like an impossible feat? Its
not.
One key to improving and
expanding your math potential
whether youre a corporate executive
or a high-school studentlies in the
powerful ability to perform mental
math calculations. Solving basic
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gateway to success in understanding
and mastering higher mathematical
fields such as algebra, statistics, and
calculus. Its a skill that offers other
lifelong benefits, including
giving you a competitive edge in
school or at work;
keeping your mind active and
sharp at any age;
improving your performance on
standardized tests; and
learning to solve problems by
using a variety of methods.
Mental mathematics also is
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the best part? Learning how to do
mental math can be funespecially
when youre learning in the company of Professor Arthur T. Benjamin

Adding any two numbers up to


three digits
Subtracting any two numbers up
to three digits
Multiplying any two numbers up
to two digits
Dividing any number by a number up to two digits
Dr. Benjamin fills each lecture
with a wealth of practice problems
to follow along with and get you
engaged in the joys of mentally solving math problems.
Once youve gotten these four
fundamental operations down, you
then branch out into some interesting directions that continue to hone
your mental math skills. Among the
exciting skills youll develop are
how to find approximate answers
using the art of guesstimation;
how to improve your memory
for numbers (including phone
and credit card numbers);
how to approach enormous calculations with increased confidence and accuracy;
how to mentally determine the
day of the week of any date in
history; and
how to do rapid pencil-and-paper mathematics in ways seldom
taught in school.
And his accompanying course
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problems you can use to practice
your newfound skills.

DISCOVER MATHEMATICAL
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Throughout The Secrets of Mental
Math, Professor Benjamin leads you
through some funand memorabletechniques for tackling specific
mathematical calculations. Heres
an example of one strategy he calls
Create a Zero, Kill the Zero, helpful for determining the divisibility
of any odd number that doesnt end
in 5.
Is 1232 a multiple of 7?
Start by adding or subtracting a
multiple of 7 to create a 0 at the
end (1232 + 28 = 1260).
Kill the 0 from the new number
(1260 becomes 126).
Add or subtract a multiple of 7
to create another zero at the end
(126 + 14 = 140), then kill the 0
at the end.
Determine whether the new
number is a multiple of the original divisor (yes, its 14).
Thus, 1232 is a multiple of 7.

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College or University Teaching of
Mathematics.
So prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure in mental mathematics. Enjoyable, eye-opening, and
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Professor Benjamins teaching
has been honored repeatedly by the
Mathematical Association of America
(MAA). In 2000, he received
the MAA Deborah and Franklin
Tepper Haimo National Award for
A REWARDING LOOK
Distinguished College or University
AT NUMBERS
Teaching of Mathematics. The MAA
But youll get more than just fun
also named Professor Benjamin the
strategies to help make mental math 20062008 George Plya Lecturer.
easier. Learning with Professor
In 2012, Princeton Review profiled
Benjamin is like having a supportive him in The Best 300 Professors.
coach right by your sidesomeone
He is a professional magician,
to encourage you, challenge you, and
whose
techniques are explained in
instill mathematical confidence in
his
book
Secrets of Mental Math: The
you. Its this same teaching method
Mathemagicians
Guide to Lightning
that has won him a host of prestiCalculation
and
Amazing
Math
gious awards from the Mathematical

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2 Mental Addition and Subtraction
3 Go Forth and Multiply

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Components of Fitness
How Fit Are You?
Overcome the Barriers to Exercise
Your Heart in Action
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You Can Reduce Stress
Fitness and Pregnancy
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14 Why Everyone Should Exercise in Water
15 The Secret Life of Muscles
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17 Getting Your Back on Track
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Secrets of Sleep Science:


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Professor of Biology H. Craig Heller


Stanford University

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4 Sleep across the Life Span
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23 Medical Myths from
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Lecture Titles

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Master of Wine and Certified Specialist of Spirits

1 Why Learn about Wine?


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4 WinemakingFrom
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Historys Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach
Professor of History and Humanistic Studies Gregory S. Aldrete | University of WisconsinGreen Bay

ll battles are in some


degreedisasters. These
words by military historian
John Keegan are true in that military
conflicts inevitably involve death
and destruction. Yet despite their
tragic cost, many battles are regarded
as great triumphs, while others are
nearly universally declared blunders.

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What qualifies such battles for special condemnationor inquiry, for


that matter? Why focus on failure at
all?
Perhaps above all else, it is the
element of avoidability that makes
these catastrophes so worthy of
exploration. Military history often
highlights success and suggests a

sense of inevitability about victory,


but there is so much that can be
learned from studying failure, particularly when its unexpected. From
how the arc of history was altered
by the outcome of these battles to
how such mistakes could have been
avoided to how they might be circumvented in the future, there are

numerous important lessons to be


gleaned. You even consider how the
world might be different if these
egregious errors had not occurred.
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Like so many of our best ideas, the


seed for Historys Great Military
Blunders and the Lessons They
Teach was planted by our customers. Many whove experienced The
Decisive Battles of World History,
Professor Aldretes previous Great
Course on military history, have
been vocal in providing feedback
both to tell us how much they enjoyed the lectures and to remind us
that theres as much to be learned
from defeat as from victory. They
rightly pointed out that while history
typically concentrates on success,
there are also many valuable lessons inherent in studying failures.
Professor Aldrete was quickly on
board to collaborate on a study of
these notorious military catastrophes, agreeing that there were
many candidates worthy of profiling. These campaigns did not just
go awry, but were marred by outright blunders that ultimately proved
pivotal. The course reveals classic
errors as well as little-considered
mistakes that changed the path of
history. These costly failures hold
lessons that we canand should
learn from even today. In answer
to your requests, here is a journey
through some of the most gloriously inglorious wartime encounters in
world history. We hope you enjoy it!

army at the Battle of Carrhae in


53 B.C. to the tragic landings at
Gallipoli in World War I. Presented
in a narrative yet thoroughly
informative fashion by Gregory S.
Aldrete, Frankenthal Professor of
History and Humanistic Studies at
the University of WisconsinGreen
Bay, these 24 lectures reveal how
the trajectory of history hangs in the
balance of individual battles. Success
and failure, as youll learn, are two
sides of the same coin.
With a scope that spans the globe,
from ancient Greece through the
Crusades through global conflicts
during first half of the 20th century,
this course features infamous conflicts such as the Charge of the Light
Brigade and the Battle of Little
Bighorn, as well as lesser-known battles you may find surprising.

COMPELLING STORIES AND


FASCINATING FIGURES
How could an army equipped with
cannon and rocket artillery be wiped
out by Zulu warriors wielding
spears, clubs, and outdated firearms? How could heavily armored
French knights be vulnerable to the
crude weapons of a band of Flemish
shopkeepers? Why would a savvy
Chinese general fall victim to a
tactic he had previously employed
himself?
Unpredictable twists of fate
abound
in this course, demonstrattary defeat to qualify as a true bluning
that
when it comes to war, there
der, it must:
are
no
givens.
Sheer numbers, supe be avoidable;
rior weaponry, and skilled leadership
involve a decision or action that
are never a guarantee of success.
common sense, training, or cirHistorys Great Military
cumstance suggested was unwise,
Blunders
also features remarkable
which dramatically altered the
personalities,
such as:
outcome for the worse;
the conniving and self-indulgent
involve someone who failed to
Alcibiades, whose fatal flaws
take an obvious action; and/or
brought his region to utter
include an element of identifiable
ruin;
blame for the critical mistake.
the ambitious and egotistical
In Historys Great Military
Napoleon, who tarnished his
Blunders and the Lessons They
legacy by appointing his inept
Teach, youll study these crucibles of
brother to an important role in
history to gain a better understandRussia, among other mistakes;
ing of why a civilization tookor
the
flamboyant General George
didnt takea particular path. Full
Custer,
who was done in by his
of dramatic reversals of fortune,
belief
that
he could defeat any
colorful characters, and unlikely trinumber
of
Native Americans;
umphs, this course examines some of
and
the worlds most notable examples
Genghis Khans trusted military
of military misfortune, from the
strategist Subotai, who cleverly
humiliating destruction of a Roman

maneuvered opponents onto


ground of his own choosing.
On more than one occasion,
youll see how an inflated sense of
a generals own abilities can spell
doom for his troops, particularly when combined with a lack of
respect for the opponent.
What becomes clear, as you trace
the history of military mistakes
across time and around the world,
is a disturbing underlying theme
that runs through almost all of these
examples and categories of blunders:
a fundamental failure to learn from
the past that continues into the
modern day.
INVESTIGATE MILITARY
BLUNDERS FROM ROOT
CAUSES TO RAMIFICATIONS
Whether youre a student of military
history or are simply intrigued by
the notion of a blunder altering the
course of the world, youll appreciate Professor Aldretes fresh perspective and engaging storytelling. In
every lecture, he lays out a conflicts
historical context and key players
before presenting a riveting blow-byblow account of the battle. He concludes by analyzing the ramifications
of the outcome, and considers how
these fatal errors might have been
avoided.
While the factors leading to the
failures youll encounter are complex, there are four basic categories
of blunders that recur throughout
these lectures, regardless of setting,
be it the United States, France,
Ethiopia, or Afghanistan:
Failures of planning, which
encompass decisions or omissions that doom one side even
before battle begins, such as poor
intelligence gathering, unclear
objectives, or failure to take terrain into account.
Failures of leadership, which are
often the result of overconfidence, indecisiveness, a general
being charged with a task for
which he is unfit, and internal
conflicts.
Failures of execution, which
include dividing control among
multiple generals, breakdowns of
communication, and refusing to
call off an unsuccessful mission
or sending additional forces into

an operation that had already


gone irretrievably wrong.
Failures of adaptation, in which
leadership clings to tactics that
have become outmoded, often
because of advances in technology.
Evolving technology factors heavily in many of the battles discussed,
such as at Culloden, where the
Highlanders charge against British
cannons and muskets proved brave
but fruitless; and in the sinking
of the battleship Prince of Wales,
during which naval commanders
failed to recognize the threat that
aircraft posed to once-dominant
armored warships.
GRIPPING TALES TOLD BY
A MASTER HISTORIAN
Professor Aldrete is a dynamic
lecturer and masterful storyteller.
His extensive background as an
award-winning teacher, writer, and
researcher elevates every lecture. A
trove of custom visual content help
these lectures come alive for those
who experience it via a visual format, from battle plans to animations
to historically accurate maps that
highlight the geopolitical context
of the time. These illuminating
illustrations provide an immersive
experience and facilitate deeper understanding of exactly how
these blunders occurred and what
could have been done differently.
Historys Great Military Blunders
and the Lessons They Teach is a
fascinating journey through some of
the most gloriously inglorious wartime encounters, and along the way
youll get to know some of the most
legendary characters in world history, brilliant yet tragically flawed.
By reversing the lens on history and
confronting some of the most costly
wartime mistakes, we can see the
past from a new angleand perhaps
avoid making the same errors in the
future.
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete is the
Frankenthal Professor of History
and Humanistic Studies at the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
He earned his B.A. from Princeton
University and his Ph.D. in Ancient
History from the University of
Michigan.
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The course features visual elements


including detailed animations, portraits,
and on-screen text.

On-screen text helps you follow key


points with your professor.

Graphics and animations, including


custom-made detailed battle plans,
provide context to the lectures.

Honored many times over for his


research and his teaching, Professor
Aldrete was named by his university
as the winner of its highest awards
in each field, receiving its Founders
Association Faculty Awards for
both Excellence in Scholarship
and Excellence in Teaching. That
recognition of his teaching skills
was affirmed on a national level
in 2010, when he received the
American Philological Association
Award for Excellence in Teaching
at the College Level. Two years
later, he was named the Wisconsin
Professor of the Year by the Council
for Advancement and Support of
Education (CASE) and the Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching.
The recipient of many prestigious
research fellowships, including five
from the National Endowment for
the Humanities, Professor Aldrete
has written several important books
in his field, including Gestures
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and Acclamations in Ancient Rome;


Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome;
Daily Life in the Roman City:
Rome, Pompeii, and Ostia; The
Long Shadow of Antiquity: What
Have the Greeks and Romans Done
For Us? (with A. Aldrete); and
Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery:
Reconstructing and Testing Ancient
Linen Body Armor (with S. Bartell
and A. Aldrete). His previous Great
Courses are History of the Ancient
World: A Global Perspective and
The Decisive Battles of World
History.
COURSE CURRICULUM
1 P
 etersburg: Union Digs Its
Own Grave1864
Follow the chain of events that led to the
Civil Wars ill-fated Battle of the Crater, a
notable example of what can happen in
warfare when a plan goes awry due to
poor leadership, last-minute changes,
and other unclear objectives. Then, look
at the phenomenon of military blunders
and what they teach.

2 S
 yracuse: Athenss Second
Front413 B.C.
From initiating a second front with
a new enemy to dividing supreme
command among multiple generals, see
how failures of decision-making and
leadership spelled disaster for the Greek
city-state of Athens in the outcome of the
Peloponnesian War, fought with Sparta.
3 Carrhae: The Parthian Shot53 B.C.
The Roman
military suffered
one of its most
humiliating
defeats at the
hands of the
smaller Parthian
force at the Battle
of Carrhae. Discover how this shocking
defeat involved glaring intelligence
failures, overconfidence, and poor
decisions, as well as crafty use of terrain
and exploitation of weakness.
 ed Cliffs: Cao Caos Bad
4 R
Day208 A.D.
Even outstanding commanders can have
a bad day, as evidenced by one of the
most celebrated conflicts in Chinese
history: the battle of Red Cliffs. How
did general Cao Cao get fooled by an

obvious ploy that set his armada ablaze


particularly when he had previously used
such tactics himself?
5 B
 arbarian Gate: Adrianople378,
Pliska811
Although waged 400 years apart, the
battles of Adrianople and Pliska share a
number of curious similarities. Explore
how both defeats were triggered by
the Romans mistreatment of immigrant
barbarian groups from the northwho
might otherwise have been converted
into alliesand overconfidence on the
part of the Roman emperors.
6 Fourth Crusade: Byzantium
Betrayed1204
Innocent III
initiated the Fourth
Crusade to
recapture control
of the Holy Lands
from Muslim rulers,
but Crusaders
ultimately
rampaged through Christendom. Learn
what led to the brutal attack and looting
of the city of Constantinople, a supposed
ally of the Crusaders and the seat of the
Greek Orthodox branch of Christianity.

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Examine both well-known and lesser-known battles, including the Battle of Isandlwana of 1879, where a huge, well-armed
detachment of British soliders was wiped out by Zulu warriors wielding spears, clubs, and outdated firearms.

Portraits and visual images help to


bring the stories to life.

7 K
 alka River: Genghis Khans
General1223
More than 40,000 Russians were slain
at the hands of the Mongols at the
Kalka River, including six princes and
70 noblemen. Examine the factors
that led to the allied armys defeat,
from underestimating the Mongols to
repeatedly allowing their leader, Subotai,
to maneuver his opponents onto ground
of his own choosing.
 ourtrai: Knights versus
8 C
Shopkeepers1302
At the Battle of Courtrai in 1302, a French
army of the finest knights equipped
with the best available arms and armor
was beaten by what many viewed as
an undisciplined rabble of Flemish
shopkeepers bearing improvised
weapons. Delve into the battle and learn
the mistakes leading to the knights
defeat.
9 N
 agashino: Taking Swords
to a Gunfight1575
The Battle of
Nagashino was the
culmination of a
multi-generational
conflict with some
of the most
memorable battles
and colorful
figures in Japanese history. Although
both armies possessed guns, only one
commander employed them to maximum
effect. Delve into the battle and consider
why mere access to a new technology
isnt sufficient for victoryone must also
understand how to use it effectively.

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 artagena: High Walls,


10 C
Short Ladders1741
The most spectacular battle of the War of
Jenkins Ear was a massive amphibious
assault launched against the Spanish
port city of Cartagena, Colombia. Trace
how this expedition began with great
enthusiasm among the British but
ended in failure and embarrassment,
due primarily to the enmity that arose
between Britains top-ranking naval and
army officers.
11 C
 ulloden: The Bonnie
Prince Blunders1746
Prince Charles Edward Stuart

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disembarked a French warship onto the


shore of Scotland intent on restoring
the House of Stuart over England and
Scotland. As you delve into the battle
of Culloden, notice how his rivalries,
poor decisions, and waffling led to
failure against the firepower and
professionalism of the British.
12 R
 ussia: Napoleon Retreats
in the Snow1812
Napoleon made
many mistakes in
his campaign to
invade Russia, a
fatal miscalculation
that led to his
downfall and
blemished his
legacy as a brilliant general. Investigate
his errors here, from appointing his inept
brother to an important role to using
unimaginative frontal assault tactics,
which resulted in a bloodbath.
13 A
 fghanistan: Khyber Pass
Death Trap1842
Propelled by paranoia about Russian
plots, the First Afghan War was an
unmitigated disaster for the British. See
how their attempt to protect the East
India Companys interests resulted in the
entire Army of the Indus16,000 soldiers
and camp followersbeing wiped out by
Afghan tribesmen.
 rimea: Charge of the
14 C
Light Brigade1854
Although a minor incident, the Charge of
the Light Brigade has gained a reputation
as both a glorious moment in the history
of warfare and one of the greatest
military blunders of all time. Follow the
disastrous chain of events that lead the
British to attack the wrong target.
15 Greasy Grass: Custers
Last Stand1876
Military historians still argue over what
happened and who was at fault in the
Battle of the Little Bighorn. Examine why
this battle between George Custers
cavalry and the Lakota and their allies
remains one of the most infamous in
American history, and see how this
rare victory for the indigenous tribes
ultimately hastened their defeat.

16 I sandlwana: 25,000 Zulus


Undetected1879
How could an army accompanied by
cannon and rocket artillery be wiped out
by Zulu warriors wielding spears, clubs,
and a smattering of outdated firearms?
Find out in this account of one of the
most shocking and humiliating British
defeats from the Napoleonic Wars up to
World War I.
17 Adwa: Italys Fiasco in Ethiopia1896
Learn how overconfidence,
miscommunication, and miscalculation
were all displayed by the Italians at
Adwa in Ethiopia, resulting in one of the
greatest victories of a native people over
an imperial power during the colonization
eraa rare indigenous civilization that
succeeded in establishing itself as an
independent modern nation.
18 Colenso: The Second Boer War1899
The Boer Wars Battle of Colenso marked
a turning point in military tactics, as the
British forces clung to obsolete methods
of fighting in the face of new weaponry
and tactics. Explore how the stubborn
determination of the British commanders
to utilize outdated techniques resulted in
a completely ineffectual attack.
19 Tannenberg: Ineptitude
in the East1914
The Battle of Tannenberg was a brilliant
victory for the Germansmade possible
by the many errors committed by the
Russians. Discover how the Germans
turned the tables on Alexander
Samsonov, fragmenting and tearing apart
his once seemingly invincible battalions,
leaving them lost in a nightmarish
landscape of forest and bogs.
20 Gallipoli: Churchill Dooms
Allied Assault1915
With World
War I bogged
down in
trench
warfare,
Britain
attempted to
break the
stalematewhich had tragic results in
the Gallipoli campaign, an infamous
episode of military incompetence. See
where the Brits went wrong, from poorly

allocating resources to giving the Turks


ample time to prepare.
21 World War II: Royal Navy
Goes Down194142
Examine two of the worst naval
disasters in the Britains history, the
causes of which include both grossly
underestimating and overestimating the
enemy: the sinking of the Royal Navys
most technologically sophisticated
battleship by Japanese bombers in
December 1941 and the destruction
of merchant ships in Convoy PQ 17 by
Germans in July 1942.
22 Dieppe Raid: Catastrophe
on the Beach1942
From
conception to
execution, the
Dieppe raid
was filled with
unclear
objectives and
poor planning.
Why did the Allies undertake such an
ill-fated attack on this German-occupied
French city? Find out here, along with a
detailed account of what went wrong
from bad timing to overambitious
strategies to unexpectedly difficult
terrain.
23 Operation Market Garden: A
Bridge Too Far1944
Operation Market Garden is routinely
listed among the great military
mishaps of World War II. Investigate
the Allies numerous errors in planning,
organization, and execution in this bold
air/land mission, from underestimating
the Germans resistance to ignoring
important intelligence to making
unrealistic timetables.
24 The Great Blunders: Four
Paths to Failure
Review the conflicts in this course to
determine the major recurrent errors
leading to such blunders. Then, turn
to the final case study: a location and
culture encompassing modern-day
Afghanistan and Pakistan that has been
the target of some of historys greatest
conquerors and empires across more
than 2,000 years.

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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Examine the Turning Points in World Warfare


The Decisive Battles
of World History
Professor of History and Humanistic
Studies Gregory S. Aldrete
University of WisconsinGreen Bay

Examine the military


encounters that most
profoundly affected history
in this sweeping course
that spans from a chariot
battle in ancient Egypt to
Hitlers defeat at Stalingrad
during WWII to conflicts
of the modern era.

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England expects that every man will do his duty. These words by Admiral Horatio Nelson at the onset of the Battle of
Trafalgar (1805) presaged Britains victory over France, ending Napoleons dreams of conquest.

key component for understanding


world history. Offering eye-opening insights into humanitys past, a
knowledge of mankinds most critical military engagements enriches
and deepens any view into civilizations and their evolution.
In the dynamic lectures of The
Decisive Battles of World History,
Professor Gregory S. Aldrete of the
University of WisconsinGreen
Bay guides you in a discovery of the
military conflicts that have had the
greatest impact in shifting the direction of historical events and shaping
our world. Covering nearly 4,000
years of history, this course explores
more than three dozen history-making military engagements, from the
landmark battles of the Western
world to their counterparts across
Asia, India, and the Middle East.
These 36 lectures feature vital historical background, vivid accounts
of the campaigns themselves, and a

thorough look at their influence on


the unfolding of history.
COMPLEX CAUSES,
GALVANIZING EFFECTS
As a central and outstanding feature of these lectures, youll look in
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evolution of civilizations, as well as
in the conflicts between cultures and
nations. For example, you learn that
the consequence of the Greek victory over the Persians at Plataea in
479 B.C. was Greek independence
and freedom, which allowed for the
era we know as the cultural Golden
Age of Greece. A Persian victory at
Plataea might have left us without
the ideas of Socrates and Plato or
the scientific thought of Aristotle,
which achieved their influence
on Western civilization through
the spread of Greek culture that
resulted from Alexanders victory at
Gaugamela in 331 B.C.

THE SCIENCE AND


ART OF WARFARE
Through detailed study of the
campaigns themselves, youll grasp
how the historic outcomes of the
battles were achieved militarily. In
doing so, youll learn about military systems, from the war chariots
of ancient Egypt and the Roman
manipular armies to the battle
tactics of the Mongols, the siege
warfare of the Ottoman Turks, the
armies of the Napoleonic wars, and
the tank combat of World War II.
Youll witness the evolution of naval
technology, from the ancient triremes of Actium to the galleys of the
Renaissance, and from the Age of
Sails mammoth ships of the line
to the battleships and aircraft carriers of the modern era.
Throughout this inquiry,
youll assess the achievements of
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othing changes the world as


quickly and inexorably as
war. In warfare, the future
course of entire civilizations, regions,
and continents can be determined in
as little as a few hours.
Throughout history, specific
individual battles have turned the
tide of historical events, triggering
changes that have given us the world
we know. In these battles and many
others, if it were not for the particular outcome that transpired, history
might have turned out very differently. As such, looking closely at
military engagements provides a vital
key to historical causationshowing
us how and why events unfolded and
civilizations developed as they have.
A penetrating look at military
conflicts also acts as a corrective,
allowing for a more accurate view
of major events and the forces
underlying them. As a case in point,
the Battle of Waterloo is commonly thought of as the downfall of
Napoleon; yet his losses at the earlier
Battle of Leipzig unquestionably
doomed his ambitions and were
the true marker and determinant of
his fall. Similarly, a 1939 battle in
Mongolia that is all but forgotten
played an extremely significant role
in both the outbreak and the outcome of World War II.
For these reasons and more, the
study of pivotal battles is a highly revealing analytical tool and a

WHY THIS
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and drivers that have dramatically
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make connections across time and
space in a way that a traditional
survey of a single period or culture
simply cannot match.
This course, taught by award-winning Professor Gregory S. Aldrete,
contains comprehensive analysis
of decisive battles from 1274 B.C.
to the modern era. Each conflict is
a pivotal event in historyhad the
other side won, our world would be
drastically different than it is today.

as Alexander and William the


Conqueror, youll encounter numerous other extraordinary figures who
left their mark on these dramatic
events, such as
Saladin, the legendary Islamic
general who routed the Christian
Crusaders at Hattin;

Admiral Yi Sun-shin, one of the


greatest naval commanders of all
time, who almost single-handedly repelled two invasions of
Korea;
Simn Bolvar, the dynamic revolutionary who played a leading
role in the campaigns to end
Spanish rule in Latin America;
and
Helmuth von Moltke, the
brilliant military strategist and
organizational genius who commanded the Prussian forces at
Kniggrtz in 1866, forging a
united Germany.
EPIC AND MULTIDIMENSIONAL
HUMAN DRAMA
Through his powerfully evocative
words, aided by specially made maps
and animations of the engagements,
Professor Aldrete brings the battlefield events alive with gripping
vividness, taking you blow-by-blow
through the unfolding of each conflict. Throughout the lectures, he
reveals rich historical background
material that highlights the high
drama, poignancy, and scope of the
human experience of war.
Youll learn about the royal
intrigue underlying the medieval
battle of Tannenberg and the 1571
Holy League of European nations
formed to confront the Ottoman
juggernaut, and youll contemplate

the larger-than-life personalities of


Sam Houston and Antonio Lopez
de Santa Anna, who clashed in the
battle for Texass independence
from Mexico.
In the heat of battle at Sacheon
(1592), youll encounter the monstrous, armored Turtle Ships of
the Korean navy, surmounted with
great dragons heads spewing smoke
and flames among the most ingenious and fearsome weaponry ever
devised. Youll learn how, in the
1709 battle of Poltava, the fate of
two empires hinged on a freak musket shot that wounded a kings foot,
and how four crucial minutes in the
1942 battle of Midway permanently
shifted the balance of power in the
Pacific from Japan to the United
States.
In The Decisive Battles of World
History, youll trace the critical
pivot points where key military
engagements determined the course
history has taken. This enthralling learning experience provides
far-reaching insights into the story
of world cultures by revealing the
foundational impact of military battles in human affairs.
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR
Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete is the
Frankenthal Professor of History
and Humanistic Studies at the
University of WisconsinGreen Bay.

Video Features Include

The video format includes maps,


graphics, animations, and artwork that
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On-screen text reinforces key names,


dates, and concepts while you watch.

Custom maps help you place the


battle within the greater geographical
context.

View the battles as interpreted by


artists of the period.

He earned his B.A from Princeton


University and his Ph.D. from the
University of Michigan.

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What Makes a Battle Decisive?


1274 B.C. KadeshGreatest Chariot Battle
479 B.C. PlataeaGreece Wins Freedom
331 B.C. GaugamelaAlexanders Genius
197 B.C. CynoscephalaeLegion vs. Phalanx
31 B.C. ActiumBirth of the Roman Empire
260110 B.C. ChinaStruggles for Unification
636 Yarmouk & al-QadisiyyahIslam Triumphs
751 Talas & 1192 TarainIslam into Asia

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19 1592 SacheonYis Mighty Turtle Ships


20 1600 SekigaharaSamurai Showdown
21 1683 ViennaThe Great Ottoman Siege
22 1709 PoltavaSwedens Fall, Russias Rise
23 1759 QuebecBattle for North America
24 1776 TrentonThe Revolutions Darkest Hour
25 1805 TrafalgarNelson Thwarts Napoleon
26 1813 LeipzigThe Grand Coalition
27 1824 AyacuchoSouth American Independence

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28 1836 San JacintoMexicos Big Loss


29 1862 AntietamThe Civil Wars Bloodiest Day
30 1866 KniggrtzBismarck Molds Germany
31 1905 TsushimaJapan Humiliates Russia
32 1914 MarneParis Is Saved
33 1939 Khalkhin GolSowing the Seeds of WWII
34 1942 MidwayFour Minutes Change Everything
35 1942 StalingradHitlers Ambitions Crushed
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10 1066 HastingsWilliam Conquers England


11 1187 HattinCrusader Desert Disaster
12 1260 Ain JalutCan the Mongols Be Stopped?
13 1410 TannenbergCataclysm of Knights
14 Frigidus, Badr, DiuObscure Turning Points
15 1521 TenochtitlnAztecs vs. Conquistadors
16 1532 CajamarcaInca vs. Conquistadors
17 1526 & 1556 PanipatBabur & Akbar in India
18 1571 LepantoLast Gasp of the Galleys

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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL HISTORY

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Professor of the Classics Robert Garland | Colgate University

Explore the great moments of human history through


the eyes of everyday citizens in this one-of-a-kind
course.

ime and again, moments


shape history. We often examine history from a distant
vantage, zooming in on a few dates
and kings and battles, or spotlighting
faceless trends and general themes.
But history is made up of individuals
who were as alive in their time as
we are today. Pausing on a few key
individuals and magnifying specific
moments in their lives allows us to
experience history in a whole new
wayas a vibrant story, full of life.
Living History: Great Events of
the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
takes you back in time and throws
a spotlight on two dozen turning
points where the tide of history
changes irrevocably. Taught by
acclaimed Professor Robert Garland
of Colgate University, these 24 dramatic lectures examine key events
from ancient Egypt, Greece, and
Rome to medieval Europe and Asia.
Spanning thousands of years and

three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas


on the individual scale.
SEE HOW HISTORY OFTEN
TURNS ON A MOMENT
Beyond the people, what makes an
event great often lies in its consequences. Hundreds or thousands of
years have passed since the events of
this course, yet we feel their rippling
effects. When Pyrrhus marched his
Greek army toward Rome, he had
dreams of making his mark on the
worlds stage, but his victoryand
subsequent withdrawalpaved the
way for Rome to supplant Greece
as the dominant global power. Or
consider Pontius Pilates decision
to offer Jesus up for crucifixion to
please the crowd, even though he
likely believed Jesus innocent of the
charges brought against himthe
events resulting from his choice have
resonated over millennia.

Monumental architecture provides a window into the views, values, and beliefs
sacred and secularof the people who erect and use the edifice. Monuments are
also opportunities for leaders to spread their preferred version of the truth, and at
least one Egyptian pharaoh was a master of designing structures for political spin.

Lecture Titles
Ramesses II: Heartbeat of History
Marathon: The Persians Have Landed!
Oresteia: Judgment at the Dionysia
Attack on Attica: Pericless Gamble
Socrates on Trial: For the Defense
Conspiracy! Murder of Philip II

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7 Alexander the Great: Punjab Revolt


8 Pyrrhus: Deadly Dreams of Empire
9 Indias Ashoka the Great Repents
10 Hannibal: Rome Holds Its Breath
11 The Final Days of Julius Caesar
12 Antony and Cleopatras Death Pact

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19 Muhammads Awakening and Escape


20 Charles Martel Defeats the Muslims
21 Culture Shock! Travels of Ibn Fadlan
22 Vladimir Smashes the Idols of the Rus
23 Charlemagne Saves Leo III, Rogue Pope
24 Urban II Unleashes the First Crusade

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13 Jesus under Surveillance and Arrest


14 Jerusalem Tinderbox: Temple in Flames
15 Roman Colosseum: Blood in the Arena
16 Visigoth King Alaric Descends on Rome
17 Nika Riots at the Racetrack: Theodora
18 The Concubine Empress: Wu Zetian

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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL HISTORY

The Cathedral

The Medieval World

Professor of History Emeritus William R. Cook


State University of New York at Geneseo

Professor of English and Medieval Literature


Dorsey Armstrong | Purdue University

To step inside a Gothic cathedral is to step inside


the visual essence of the Christian faitha world
filled with vaulted ceilings, stone sculptures, and
stained glass windows.
Tour the worlds most captivating cathedrals
from the comfort of your own home with this exciting, immersive, and
multidimensional learning experience. The Cathedral brings you closer
than any on-site tour could hope to do. With high-definition 3-D modeling and imagery, youll travel around and inside the worlds great Gothic
cathedrals from fascinating new perspectives.
Lecture Titles
1 What Is a Cathedral?
2 Early Christian Architecture
3 RomanesqueA New
Monumental Style
4 VaultingA Look at Roofs
5 Romanesque at Its Best
6 Saint-Denis and the
Beginning of Gothic Style
7 The Urban Context of Cathedrals
8 Notre Dame in Paris
9 Early Gothic StyleLaon

10 ChartresThe Building
11 ChartresThe Sculpture
12 ChartresThe Windows
13 AmiensThe Limits of Height
14 AmiensThe Facade
15 ReimsThe Royal Cathedral
16 CathedralsWho Builds?
Who Pays? How Long?
17 New Developments
in Gothic France
18 Late Gothic Churches in France

19 Early Gothic Architecture


in England
20 Decorated and Perpendicular
English Gothic
21 Gothic Churches in the
Holy Roman Empire
22 Gothic Churches in Italy
23 Gothic Styles in Iberia
and the New World
24 Gothic Architecture in
Todays World

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What was it like to live during the Middle Ages?


The Medieval World offers you a different perspective on this period: one that entrenches you
in the experiences of everyday men and women.
Discover the history, literature, the arts, science,
and more in this tour that will expand your
understanding of both the Middle Ages and everything that came afterward: the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and even our modern world.
Lecture Titles
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

The Medieval World


The Legacy of the Roman World
The Christianization of Europe
After the Roman EmpireHybrid Cultures
Early Monasticism
From Merovingian Gaul to
Carolingian France
Charlemagne and the
Carolingian Renaissance
Byzantium, Islam, and the West
The Viking Invasions
Alfred the Great
The Rearrangement of
the Medieval World

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25 Food and Drink


26 Music and Entertainment
27 Dress and Fashion
28 Medieval Medicine
29 The Black Death and its Effects
30 Childhood in the Middle Ages
31 Marriage and the Family
32 Art and Artisans
33 Science and Technology
34 Weapons and Warfare
35 Revolts, Uprisings, and Wars
36 Toward the Early Modern Period

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The Fall of the Pagans and the


Origins of Medieval Christianity

Alexander the Great and


the Hellenistic Age

Professor of Classical and Byzantine History


Kenneth W. Harl | Tulane University

Professor of Classical Studies Jeremy McInerney


University of Pennsylvania

How did Christianity ultimately achieve


dominance in the Roman Empire and eclipse
paganism? This historically focused discussion
of the dramatic interaction between Judaism,
Christianity, and paganism from the 1st to the 6th centuries allows you to
explore in great depth the reasons that Christianity emerged and sparked a
major transition for religion, culture, and politics.
Lecture Titles
1 Religious Conflict in
the Roman World
2 Gods and Their Cities in
the Roman Empire
3 The Roman Imperial Cult
4 The Mystery Cults
5 Platonism and Stoicism
6 Jews in the Roman Empire
7 Christian Challenge
First Conversions
8 Pagan ResponseFirst
Persecutions

12 The Norman Conquest and


the Bayeux Tapestry
13 King ArthurThe Power of the Legend
14 The Three Orders of Medieval Society
15 Pilgrimage and Sainthood
16 Knighthood and Heraldry
17 The Gothic Cathedral
18 Piety, Politics, and Persecution
19 The Persistence of an Ideal
20 Late Medieval Religious Institutions
21 The Magna Carta
22 Daily Life in a Noble Household
23 Daily Life in a Medieval Village
24 Medieval City Life

9 Christian Bishops and


Apostolic Churches
10 Pagan Critics and
Christian Apologists
11 First Christian Theologians
12 Imperial Crisis and Spiritual Crisis
13 The Great Persecutions
14 The Spirit of Late Paganism
15 Imperial Recovery under
the Tetrarchs
16 The Conversion of Constantine
17 Constantine and the Bishops

18 Christianising the Roman World


19 The Birth of Christian
Aesthetics and Letters
20 The Emperor Julian and
the Pagan Reaction
21 Struggle over Faith and Culture
22 New Christian Warriors
Ascetics and Monks
23 Turning PointTheodosius I
24 Justinian and the Demise
of Paganism

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In just 10 years, Alexander the Great subdued the


largest tract of the earths surface ever conquered
by one individual. His vast empire stretched from
Mount Olympus to the Sahara Desert to the frontiers of India.
In all the annals of the ancient world, few stories are more gripping than
that of the Hellenistic Age. Between the conquests of Alexander the Great
and the rise of Rome, Greek culture became the heart of a world-historical
civilization whose intellectual and artistic influence endures to this day.
Lecture Titles
1 Greeks and Macedonians
2 Alexander the Divine?
3 The Blazing Star
4 AlexanderMyth and Reality
5 The Formation of the Kingdoms
6 Egypt Under the Early Ptolemies
7 Alexandria and the Library
8 The Seleucid Realm
9 Pergamum

10 Bactria, the Edge of the


Hellenistic World
11 Sculpture
12 Poetry
13 The Greek Novel
14 Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics
15 Kingship and Legitimacy
16 Benefaction
17 The Maccabean Revolt, Part I

18 The Maccabean Revolt, Part II


19 Rulers and Saviors
20 Economic Growth and Social Unrest
21 The Mood of the Hellenistic Age
22 Hellenism and the Western
Mediterranean
23 The Freedom of the Greeks
24 Pax Romana

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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Professor of History and Humanistic Studies


Gregory S. Aldrete
University of WisconsinGreen Bay

The ancient world has influenced our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the
form of our governments.
Look at ancient history from a fresh, innovative vantage point with the 48
lectures of History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective. Historian
and Professor Gregory S. Aldretes course examines the ancient worlds
greatest civilizations from the Mediterranean, Asia, and the Americas
including those of Rome, Greece, China, Persia, India, and the Mayanot
in isolation but in the full context of where they came from, the cultures that
flourished around them at the same time, and the civilizations that were to
come from them. This multidisciplinary journey covers not only the traditional domains of politics and war but also religion, philosophy, architecture, technology, and the visual arts.
ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Gregory S. Aldrete is Professor of Humanistic Studies and History at


the University of WisconsinGreen Bay. Honored many times over for his
research and his teaching, Professor Aldrete was named by his university as
the winner of its highest awards in each category.

Lecture Titles
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6

Cities, Civilizations, and Sources


From Out of the Mesopotamian Mud
Cultures of the Ancient Near East
Ancient EgyptThe Gift of the Nile
Pharaohs, Tombs, and Gods
The Lost Civilization of
the Indus Valley
7 The Vedic Age of Ancient India
8 Mystery Cultures of Early Greece
9 Homer and Indian Poetry
10 Athens and Experiments
in Democracy
11 Hoplite Warfare and Sparta
12 Civilization Dawns in
ChinaShang and Zhou
13 Confucius and the Greek
Philosophers
14 Mystics, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians
15 Persians and Greeks
16 Greek Art and Architecture
17 Greek Tragedy and the Sophists
18 The Peloponnesian War and
the Trial of Socrates
19 Philip of Macedon
Architect of Empire

34 Early AmericasResources
and Olmecs
35 Pots and PyramidsMoche
and Teotihuacn
36 Blood and CornMayan Civilization
37 Hunter-Gatherers and Polynesians
38 The Art and Architecture of Power
39 Comparative Armies
Rome, China, Maya
40 Later Roman Empire
Crisis and Christianity
41 The Decline and Fall of
the Roman Empire?
42 The Byzantine Empire and
the Legacy of Rome
43 China from Chaos to
Order under the Tang
44 The Golden Age of Tang Culture
45 The Rise and Flourishing of Islam
46 Holy Men and Women
Monasticism and Saints
47 CharlemagneFather of Europe
48 Endings, Beginnings, What
Does It All Mean?

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Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City


Professor Steven L. Tuck | Miami University

In the 24 enthralling lectures of Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient


Roman City, eminent classicist and professor Steven L. Tuck
resurrects the long-lost lives of aristocrats, merchants, slaves, and
other individuals from this imperial Roman citymade famous for
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result is an unprecedented view of life as it was lived in this ancient
culture and an opportunity to discover intriguing details that lay
buried for centuries.

Greece and Rome: An Integrated History


of the Ancient Mediterranean
Professor of the Classics Robert Garland | Colgate University

The relationship between Greeks and Romans has virtually no parallel in world history. It was like a marriage: two distinct personalities,
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the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another. Youll
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intersected, coincided, and at times collided.

The Art of War


Professor of Strategy and Policy Andrew R. Wilson
U.S. Naval War College

As a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought,


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on military strategy around the globe. Through a precise, historically
grounded explanation of the original text and intriguing case studies,
the six lectures of The Art of War prove how this classics wisdom
remains highly relevant in the information age. Youll examine how
the seminal works model of leadership has been appliedand misappliedthroughout the realms of war, politics, and beyond.

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20 Alexander the Great Goes East


21 Unifiers of India
Chandragupta and Asoka
22 Shi HuangdiFirst Emperor of China
23 Earliest Historians of
Greece and China
24 The Hellenistic World
25 The Great Empire of
the Han Dynasty
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Etruscans, Early Rome
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Roman Imperialism
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29 AugustusCreator of
the Roman Empire
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Bad, and Crazy
31 Han and Roman Empires
ComparedGeography
32 Han and Roman Empires
ComparedGovernment
33 Han and Roman Empires
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Religion in the Ancient


Mediterranean World

The Lives of Great Christians

Professor Glenn S. Holland | Allegheny College

How did ancient people cope with the mysteries of the


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Mediterranean world.

Professor Emeritus William R. Cook


State University of New York at Geneseo

For many, Christianity is the daily effort to live ones faith


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The String Quartets of Beethoven

The Art of the Northern Renaissance

Professor Robert Greenberg


San Francisco Performances

Professor Catherine B. Scallen


Case Western Reserve University

Beethoven created some of the most sublime, unforgettable


music ever written. In The String Quartets of Beethoven,
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Cycles of American Political Thought


Professor Joseph F. Kobylka
Southern Methodist University

Examine a broad survey of American intellectual history


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Philosophy, Religion, and


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Professor Francis J. Ambrosio | Georgetown University

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Professor David B. Ruderman | University of Pennsylvania

What is it like to practice your faith in an environment


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American Ideals: Founding a Republic of Virtue


Professor Emeritus Daniel N. Robinson
Oxford University and Georgetown University

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Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers

The Science of Self

Professor Edward B. Burger


Southwestern University

Professor Lee M. Silver | Princeton University

Some of the most profound secrets about what it means to


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Numbers surround us. They mark our days, light our nights,
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The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis

Professor Emeritus John Sutherland | University College


London and California Institute of Technology

Professor Louis Markos | Houston Baptist University

The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis takes you through


the unique and diverse legacy of one of Western literatures
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Few nations can offer a literary legacy that addresses this


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Professor Emeritus Irwin Weil | Northwestern University

Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human


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Masterworks of Early
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America and the New Global Economy

Professor David Thorburn


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Journey through 50 years of world economic history. Study


international perspectives on the new global economy, focus
on important economic issues ranging from labor flows to
population growth, and develop a deeper understanding of
our increasingly interconnected economic world.

Professor Timothy Taylor | Macalester College

Examine how Modernist authors altered traditions of


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The United States and the


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A Brief History of the World

Professor Salim Yaqub


University of California, Santa Barbara

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experience, apprehend "the big picture" of world history
from the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era to the
urbanized, technological world of the 21st century.

Professor Peter N. Stearns | George Mason University

Presented from a historians perspective, this course


strengthens your ability to place todays headlines into
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War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic


History of Europe, 15002000
Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett | University of Toronto

Explore the history of one of Europes most intriguing


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Alexander the Great and the


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Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

Professor Kenneth W. Harl | Tulane University

Explore how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three
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fascinating experience of daily life in the late antique world.

Professor Thomas F. X. Noble | University of Notre Dame

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Classical Archaeology of
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The Peloponnesian War

Professor John R. Hale | University of Louisville

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and her allies against


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in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century
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Professor Kenneth W. Harl | Tulane University

Archaeologist Professor John R. Hale guides you through


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RELIGION & THEOLOGY


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Christianity in the modern world is remarkably diverse, comprised of disparate denominations around the world bound together by the belief that once-human Jesus is
God. But how did Jesus come to be divine?

How, Historically, Did Jesus Come to Be


Seen as God?
How Jesus Became God

he early Christian claim that


Jesus was God completely
changed the course of Western civilization. In fact, without the
Christian declaration of Jesus as God,
Western history as we know it would
have never happened.
If Jesus had not been declared
God, his followers would have
remained a sect within Judaism, and
the massive conversion of Gentiles,
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the Roman adoption of Christianity,


and the subsequent unfolding of the
Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the
Reformation, and modernity would
never have taken place. For that reason, the question of how Jesus became
God is one of the most significant
historical questions of Western civilization.
This world-shaping occurrence,
viewed historically, was monumen-

tally unlikely. Within Judaism, there


could be no question that Jesus was
not the Messiah, who was envisioned
as a powerful warrior-king. Jesuss
own followers, in fact, did not conceive of him as divine during his
lifetime. His crucifixion, ignominious
and degrading, ended his life in a way
reserved for the lowliest criminals.
And yetwithin a short time after
his death, this crucified enemy of

Rome was named the Son of God


and the savior of humanity, and within four centuries he was believed by
millions to be coequal and coeternal
with God the Father.
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unforeseeable, this improbable, have
occurredmuch less with a momentum that would shape Western history? What exactly happened, such that
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Professor of Religious Studies Bart D. Ehrman | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

WHY THIS
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Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the


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in the entirety of Western civilization. Yet in the many examinations
of Jesus, his life, and early Christianity, one critical question about
him is consistently overlooked: the
question of how Jesus came to be
thought of as divineas Godby
his followers. This question is of
paramount historical significance,
because the declaration of Jesus as
divine was a world-changing point in
history.
But to truly understand this extraordinary story requires a careful
examination of the historical record
and the many contributing factors
that brought the conception of Jesus as God into being. Professor
Bart D. Ehrman has researched this
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Responding to our customers requests for courses that look at topics of wide interest from innovative
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subject matter to deliver original, incisive, and astonishing insights.

To ask this question is to delve


into a fascinating, multilayered
historical puzzleone that offers a
richly illuminating look into the origins of the Western worldview and
the theological underpinnings of our
civilization. This fundamental historical question and its complex answer
speak penetratingly to the spiritual
impulses, concerns, and beliefs that
have played a seminal role in our
world, even as they reveal the foundation of historys most global religious movement, and fresh insights
into the Western worlds single most
influential human being.
Tackling all of these matters
and more, Great Courses favorite
Professor Bart D. Ehrman returns
with the unprecedented historical
inquiry of How Jesus Became God.
In 24 provocative lectures, Professor
Ehrman takes you deeply into the
process by which the divinity of Jesus
was first conceived by his followers,
demonstrating how this conception
was refined over time to become the
core of the Christian theology that
has shaped our civilization.
A distinguished scholar of
Christianity and New York Times
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of texts. In these lectures, Ehrman
reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about

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INTERSECTIONS: THE
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In assembling the pieces of the
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that Jesuss ascension as an object of
faith was fundamentally underlain
by ancient beliefs in interpenetration between the human and divine
worlds.
In the inquiry of How Jesus
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produce both an astonishing true-life
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our thought, and the world we know.

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Artwork depicting Jesus of Nazareth and


his followers illustrate each lecture.

ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR


Professor Bart D. Ehrman is the
James A. Gray Distinguished
Professor at The University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
where he has taught since 1988. He
received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from
Princeton Theological Seminary.
Professor Ehrman has written or edit-

ed 29 books, including four best sellers on the New York Times list. He
has served as president of the Society
of Biblical Literature, Southeastern
Region, and coeditor in chief for the
journal Vigiliae Christianae. He has
received many teaching awards.

Lecture Titles
1 JesusThe Man Who Became God
7 Did Jesus Think He Was God?
2 Greco-Roman Gods Who Became Human
8 The Death of JesusHistorical Certainties
3 Humans as Gods in the
9 Jesuss DeathWhat
Greco-Roman World
Historians Cant Know
4 Gods Who Were Human in Ancient Judaism 10 The ResurrectionWhat
Historians Cant Know
5 Ancient Jews Who Were Gods
11 What History Reveals about
6 The Life and Teachings of Jesus
the Resurrection

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19 Christs Dual NatureProto-Orthodoxy


20 The Birth of the Trinity
21 The Arian Controversy
22 The Conversion of Constantine
23 The Council of Nicea
24 Once Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God

160-page course
synopsis

Suggested readings

12 The Disciples Visions of Jesus


13 Jesuss ExaltationEarliest Christian Views
14 The Backward Movement of Christology
15 Pauls ViewChrists Elevated Divinity
16 Johns ViewThe Word Made Human
17 Was Christ Human? The Docetic View
18 The Divided Christ of the Separationists

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Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures


and the Battles over Authentication
Professor of Religious Studies Bart D. Ehrman
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In the first centuries after Christ, there was


no official New Testament. In fact, many
Christians held beliefs that today would be considered bizarre, including the belief that Christs death and resurrection had
nothing to do with salvation. What did these other Scriptures say? Do
they exist today? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer
exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions youll explore.
Lecture Titles
9 Thomas Gnostic Teachings
10 Infancy Gospels
11 The Gospel of Peter
12 The Secret Gospel of Mark
13 The Acts of John
14 The Acts of Thomas
15 The Acts of Paul and Thecla
16 Forgeries in the Name of Paul

17 The Epistle of Barnabas


18 The Apocalypse of Peter
19 The Rise of Early Christian Orthodoxy
20 Beginnings of the Canon
21 Formation of the New Testament Canon
22 Interpretation of Scripture
23 Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
24 Early Christian Creeds

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1 Biblical IsraelThe
Story of a People
2 By the Rivers of BabylonExile
3 Ancestor Narratives in Genesis
4 MosesThe Torahs Central Hero
5 Becoming the Nation of Israel
6 Kinship and Economics
in Highland Villages
7 Three Weddings and a Funeral
8 Political Power Bases in Early Israel
9 Kingdoms and King Making

10 Politics and Economy of


a Centralized Cult
11 Worshipping Locally
12 Lives of the Rich, Lives of the Poor
13 Assyrian Incursion into
Israel and Judah
14 Life under Siege
15 Religious Debates and
Preserved Text
16 EzekielExilic Informant
17 Life in Exile, Life in Judah

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Confucius, Buddha, Jesus,


and Muhammad

Professor of Religion Mark Berkson


Hamline University

Professor of Religious Studies and


Director of the Asian Studies Program
Mark W. Muesse | Rhodes College

Lecture Titles
9 ConfucianismRituals
and Relationships
10 DaoismHarmony,
Nature, and the Way
11 Kami and SpiritsShinto
and Shamanism
12 East Asian Buddhism
Zen and Pure Land
13 JudaismGod, Torah, and Covenant
14 Varieties of Jewish
Thought and Practice
15 Living a Jewish Life

16 The Life and Commemoration


of Jesus
17 Catholic and Orthodox Christianity
18 Protestantism and Christianity Today
19 Muhammad, Quran, and
Islamic Civilization
20 Unity in IslamThe Five Pillars
21 Forms of IslamDiversity
among Muslims
22 Jains, Sikhs, and Bahais
23 Religion and Law in America
24 Religion TodayTrends,
Challenges, and Hope

Lecture Titles
1 A Quartet of Sages
2 Confuciuss China
3 Becoming a Sage
4 A Gentleman and a Scholar
5 Heaven and Earth
6 Doing unto Others
7 How to Rule a Kingdom
8 What a Sage Does
9 Confucius and Confucianism
10 India at the Time of the Buddha
11 Siddhattha Gotama
12 The First and Second
Great Awakenings

13 Knowing the World


14 Cant Get No Satisfaction
15 Getting to the Farther Shore
16 How the Buddha Taught
17 The Buddha and Buddhism
18 The Jewish and Roman
Worlds of Jesus
19 The Son of Mary
20 The First 30 Years
21 The Kingdom of God
22 Back to the Future
23 Jesuss Christology
24 The Last Days in Jerusalem

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Discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and
Muhammad. Award-winning Professor Mark W. Muesse takes you deep
inside the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures. He reveals
their core teachings and sheds new light on the history that underlies their
phenomenal, enduring impact on how we see and think about the world.

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18 Literacy and Education


19 Religious Developments of the Exile
20 The New Israel
Resettling the Land
21 Food and the Family
MealBoundaries
22 National IdentityIntermarriage
23 National IdentityTwins
and Enemies
24 Loss and Restoration
Two Biblical Stories

Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything


the Well-Educated Person Should Know
When does the Jewish Sabbath begin? Who are
Vishnu and Shiva? What are Buddhisms Four
Noble Truths? What are the Five Pillars of Islam?
Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person
Should Know is your chance to experience the breadth and depth of the
worlds religions from all angleshistorical, theological, and cultural. Takes
a tour of our world and its religious cultures. Your journey will introduce
you to the beliefs, symbols, and practices of other traditions, and it will
provide you with new insights into your own.
1 ReligionIts Meaning and Importance
2 Facets of ReligionDivinity
and Devotion
3 HinduismFoundational
Texts and Teachings
4 Hindu Gods and Devotional Practices
5 Gita to GandhiYogas and
Modern Hinduism
6 Waking UpThe Buddha
and His Teachings
7 Vehicles to NirvanaThe
Schools of Buddhism
8 Chinese Religion and Cosmology

Who were the Israelites and where did they


come from? What was it like to live in biblical
Israel? In The World of Biblical Israel, journey
through ancient Israel and be introduced to
the world, the people, the challenges, and the
triumphs of ancient Israel. In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Cynthia R. Chapman of Oberlin College introduces you
to the stories of the Judeans in exile and grounds them in their historical
context. By comparing the history in the Bible to the archaeological record,
Professor Chapman gives you a complete picture of life in biblical Israel.

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25 How Jesus Became Christ


26 Arabia in the Days of Ignorance
27 The Trustworthy One
28 I Am Only a Messenger
29 Madinah
30 There Is No God but al-Lah
31 The Ethics of Islam
32 The Greater Jihad
33 The Conquest of Makkah
34 Their Lives Compared
35 Their Teachings Compared
36 Their Enduring Significance

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1 The Diversity of Early Christianity


2 Christians Who Would Be Jews
3 Christians Who Refuse To Be Jews
4 Early Gnostic ChristianityOur Sources
5 Early Christian GnosticismAn Overview
6 The Gnostic Gospel of Truth
7 Gnostics Explain Themselves
8 The Coptic Gospel of Thomas

The World of Biblical Israel

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Bach and the High Baroque

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The Concerto

Professor Robert Greenberg


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Professor Robert Greenberg


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The Symphony
This course brings longtime Great Courses favorite
Professor Robert Greenberg to a 300-year survey
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breadth of knowledge that are his trademarks. As
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Almost since their creation, Ludwig van


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Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt

Masterworks of American Art

Professor William Kloss | Independent Art Historian

Professor William Kloss | Independent Art Historian

Holland in the 17th century was home to the most


remarkable concentration of artistic talent in modern history. Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian, guides you through the work of
more than 100 artists and more than 450 of their
masterful paintings. Whether youre new to art
or an experienced museumgoer, Dutch Masters
is a delightful course, filled with insights into the
explosive inventiveness of Dutch art as it interpreted and reinvented the
reality of one of the most dynamic nations in 17th-century Europe.

A nations identity is expressed through its art.


Great painters capture the essence of a cultures
hopes, anxieties, and aspirations. In this sweeping
survey, you encounter the brilliant paintings of the
homegrown masters who documented the birth of
our nation from its colonial roots up to the brink of World War I and the
birth of Modernism. As you examine this artistic tradition in its historical,
cultural, and political contexts, you discover how appreciating the legacy of
American art is crucial to understanding the story of our nation.
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LITERATURE & LANGUAGE

Professor Anne Curzan | University of Michigan

Get an enlightening and fascinating peek inside our wonderful English tongue with this course that explores the hidden
mechanics of language. Its a human impulse to play with language and to create new words and meaning. But by studying
how and why language changes and the story behind the everyday words in our lexicon, we can learn a lot about ourselves
how our minds work and how our culture has changed over the
centuries.

King Arthur: History and Legend


Professor Dorsey Armstrong | Purdue University

The saga of King Arthur and his court is the most enduringly
popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. For over 1,500
years, the Arthurian narrative has enthralled writers, artists, and
a limitless audience spanning the Western world and beyond
and its appeal continues unabated in our time. Delve into the
historical mystery behind the figure of Arthur, and discover the
magnificent breadth of these epic tales.

How to Read and Understand Shakespeare


Professor Marc C. Conner | Washington and Lee University

Shakespeares works are among the greatest of humanitys cultural expressions, and we all should know and understand them.
In the 24 revealing lectures of How to Read and Understand
Shakespeare, you can learn a set of interpretive tools, drawn
from the texts themselves, that give you direct insight into
Shakespeares plays. These guiding principles allow you to follow the narratives as they unfold, with a clear understanding of
how the plays function and fit together.

Understanding Linguistics:
The Science of Language
Professor John McWhorter | Columbia University

Journey through the fascinating terrain of linguistics: the scientific study of human language. Investigate the elements and
purposes of language, from its fundamental building blocks to
its uses as a nuanced social tool. Explore the basic sounds from
which human language is built, why learning a second language
can be so difficult, and how writing systems have evolved.

A Days Read
Various Professors

Great books such as Don Quixote, War and Peace, and Bleak
House constitute a grand reading list that many of us, with our
busy lives, cant easily manage. Or, if we read them over weeks
or months, we can easily lose our way, or even lose interest. But
theres another strategy for reading the great books that is truly
manageable; one that allows you to get all the power of brilliant
authors in a single day. By engaging with literary works that can
be savored in less than a day, you can discoveror rediscover
just how transformative an act of reading can be.

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The Secret Life of Words: English


Words and Their Origins

PHILOSOPHY & INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

Exploring Metaphysics
Professor David Kyle Johnson | Kings College

Metaphysics is among the oldest strands of philosophical


thoughtand it is also on the cutting edge of todays scientific
discoveries. Now you can take a journey through the limits of
todays knowledge in Exploring Metaphysics. Professor David
Kyle Johnson identifies our fundamental assumptions about the
worldand then proceeds to challenge them point by point.
Learn what relativity, quantum mechanics, and neuroscience
imply about human free will, discover why time travel is not as
crazy as it sounds, and probe other mysteries of existence.

Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness,


and Thinking Machines
Professor Patrick Grim | State University of New York at Stony Brook

The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of historys most profound thinkers. Only in our own time are we
beginning to see the true complexity of this quest. In the scientific search for the mind, the role of philosophers is to sharpen
our concepts, untangle the morass of questions, and systematically explore alternate approaches. You will evaluate your own
opinions as you explore the phenomena of mind.

Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

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Professor Grant Hardy | University of North Carolina at Asheville

Discover an often-overlooked, but equally important, side of


human philosophy with Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual
Traditiona comprehensive survey of the Easts most influential thinkers. In 36 lectures, award-winning Professor Grant
Hardy introduces you to the people responsible for molding
Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, including Hinduism, Daoism,
Confucianism, Sufism, and Buddhism.

Life Lessons from the Great Books


Professor J. Rufus Fears | University of Oklahoma

For every important moment and stage in your life, there is a


Great Book that can give you a unique perspective on the experience. Professor J. Rufus Fearsa marvellous storyteller with
deep historical knowledgeshows you how some of Western
civilizations greatest literary masterpieces can provide you with
guidance and consolation. Every book you explore in this course
is a unique expression of the human spirit, providing you with a
wealth of insight into many aspects of life.

The Will to Power: The Philosophy


of Friedrich Nietzsche
Professors Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins
The University of Texas at Austin

Among shapers of contemporary thoughtincluding Darwin,


Marx, and FreudNietzsche is perhaps the most mysterious
and least understood. The Will to Power: The Philosophy of
Friedrich Nietzsche helps you debunk the myths, rumors, and
misunderstandings about Nietzsche; compare his work to previous philosophers and his contemporaries; examine his championing of instinct, passion, and aestheticism; and much more.

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MODERN HISTORY

What Really Happened in American History?


The Skeptics Guide to American History
Professor Emeritus of History Mark A. Stoler | The University of Vermont

Sorting through misconceptions, myths, and half-truths


about Americas past is a chance to revisit some of the
countrys greatest episodes, figures, and themes from a fresh
perspective and an opportunity to hone the way you think
about and interpret the past, the present, and even the

future. The Skeptics Guide to American History examines


many commonly held myths and half-truths about American
history and prompts you to think about what really happened in the nations past.

Lecture Titles

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6 Andrew JacksonAn Odd


Symbol of Democracy
7 The Second Great Awakening
Enduring Impacts
8 Did Slavery Really Cause the Civil War?
9 The Civil Wars Actual Turning Points
10 The Myth of Laissez-Faire
11 Misconceptions about the Original Populists

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Professor in the History of the American Civil War


Gary W. Gallagher | University of Virginia

This course examines Robert E. Lees leadership


during the Civil War and that of his principal
subordinates, including Stonewall Jackson and
James Longstreet. The lectures also consider some
of the more gifted of the young commanders in
addition to some of Lees failed officers. You combine military analysis with
personal and biographical details to round out the portraits of these men,
and consider select campaigns to explore the ways Lee exercised command.
Lecture Titles
9 Longstreets Later
Confederate Career
10 The Rise of Jubal Anderson Early
11 Earlys Path to Defeat
12 Jeb Stuart as Soldier
and Showman
13 One Promotion Too
ManyA. P. Hill
14 Forced from Center
StageRichard S. Ewell
15 A Straight-Ahead Fighter
John Bell Hood
16 Could Robert E. Lee Make
Hard Decisions?
17 The Problem of Attrition

18 Younger Officers IRobert


Emmett Rodes
19 Younger Officers IIStephen
Dodson Ramseur
20 Younger Officers III
John Brown Gordon
21 Younger Officers IVEdward
Porter Alexander
22 Gifted but FlawedJ. E.
Johnston and Beauregard
23 Drama and Failure
Magruder and Pickett
24 Before the Bar of History
The Lost Cause

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Professor Linwood Thompson | Bellflower High School

Let an award-winning educator teach American


history to your student in a truly memorable
wayby becoming historical characters who
can explain what happened from a unique perspective.
Professor Linwood Thompson offers a fastpaced course loaded with insights and information, and all specially
designed for high school age students who think that history is just a
bunch of names and dates. Watch and see for yourself why young people
discover in Thompsons courses a path to learning as a lifetime habit.
Lecture Titles
1 Pre-Columbian America
2 Discovery and Exploration
of America
3 The Virginia Colony
4 Pilgrims and Puritans
5 Other European Colonies
6 Witches, Quakers, and Catholics
7 Life in Colonial America
8 Swashbucklers, Smugglers,
and Slavers
9 The Great Awakening
and Enlightenment
10 Wars with France
11 Seeds of Revolution and War

12 Men of the Revolution


13 Declaration of Independence
14 Revolutionary WarOn
Land and Sea
15 The National Government
and the Wars End
16 Stretching the Western
Boundaries
17 The Constitution
18 Washington and the
New Government
19 French and American Revolutions
20 Dividing of PatriotsThe
Two Party System

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Early American History: Native


Americans through the Forty-Niners

Robert E. Lee and His High Command

1 Lee and the Army of


Northern Virginia
2 The Making of a
Confederate General
3 Lees Year of Fabled Victories
4 Lee From Gettysburg
to Appomattox
5 Was Lee an OldFashioned General?
6 The Making of the Mighty
Stonewall Jackson
7 Stonewall Jackson as
Lees Right Arm
8 James Longstreets
Road to Prominence

18 What Did Roosevelts New Deal Really Do?


19 World War II Misconceptions and Myths
20 Was the Cold War Inevitable?
21 The Real Blunders of the Vietnam War
22 Myths about American Wars
23 Who Matters in American History?
24 History Did Not Begin with Us

The Skeptics Guide to American History

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Questions to consider

12 Labor in AmericaA Strange History


13 Myths about American Isolation and Empire
14 Early Progressives Were Not Liberals
15 Woodrow Wilson and the
Rating of Presidents
16 The Roaring Twenties Reconsidered
17 Hoover and the Great Depression Revisited

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21 Era of Jefferson
22 War Hawks, Indians,
and the War of 1812
23 Industrial Revolution
24 Cities and the Transportation
Revolution
25 Era of Jackson
26 Texas
27 The Trails West
28 Colonizing the West
The Mormons
29 Mexican Territories and War
30 West to California

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1 Religious Toleration in Colonial America?


2 Neither American nor Revolutionary?
3 The Constitution Did Not
Create a Democracy
4 WashingtonFailures and
Real Accomplishments
5 Confusions about Jefferson and Hamilton

MODERN HISTORY

Examine Our Nations Most Dramatic Conflict


The American Civil War
Professor in the History of the American Civil War Gary W. Gallagher | University of Virginia

In the 48 masterful lectures of The American Civil War,


leading Civil War historian Professor Gary W. Gallagher
explains both the strategy and battles of the war as well as its
effects on all Americans. Youll get a detailed description of
each major battle of the war. Youll come to know the pol-

iticians and generals charged with winning the war. Youll


learn how armies were recruited, equipped, and trained.
Youll learn about the hard lot of prisoners. Youll hear how
soldiers on both sides dealt with the rigors of camp life and
the terror of combat.

11 Shiloh and Corinth


12 The Peninsula Campaign
13 The Seven Days Battles
14 The Kentucky Campaign of 1862
15 Antietam
16 The Background to Emancipation
17 Emancipation Completed
18 Filling the Ranks
19 Sinews of WarFinance and Supply
20 The War in the West, Winter 186263

31 The River War and Confederate


Commerce Raiders
32 Women at War, I
33 Women at War, II
34 Stalemate in 1864
35 Sherman versus Johnston in Georgia
36 The Wilderness to Spotsylvania
37 Cold Harbor to Petersburg
38 The Confederate Home Front, I
39 The Confederate Home Front, II

Lecture Titles
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Prelude to War
The Election of 1860
The Lower South Secedes
The Crisis at Fort Sumter
The Opposing Sides, I
The Opposing Sides, II
The Common Soldier
First Manassas or Bull Run
Contending for the Border States
Early Union Triumphs in the West

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21 The War in Virginia, Winter and Spring 186263


22 Gettysburg
23 Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and Tullahoma
24 A Season of Uncertainty, Summer and Fall 1863
25 Grant at Chattanooga
26 The Diplomatic Front
27 African Americans in Wartime, I
28 African Americans in Wartime, II
29 Wartime Reconstruction
30 The Naval War

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41 The Northern Home Front, II
42 Prisoners of War
43 Mobile Bay and Atlanta
44 Petersburg, the Crater, and the Valley
45 The Final Campaigns
46 Petersburg to Appomattox
47 Closing Scenes and Reckonings
48 Remembering the War

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The Imperial Crisis, 17631773


The Ancient Constitution
A Soldier Whats Fit for a Soldier
How the British Regulars Fired and Fled
Standoff in Boston, 1775
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7 The King, the Conqueror, and the Coward


8 Conquering Canada, Reconquering Boston
9 Common Sense
10 An Army Falls in Brooklyn
11 A Glorious Issue
12 Joy in Princeton

19 The French Menace


20 Vain Hopes in the Carolinas
21 The Americans Fought Like Demons
22 The Reward of Loyalty
23 A Sword for General Washington
24 It Is All Over

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13 Congress Are Not a Fit Body


14 America Is Not Subdued
15 A Day Famous in the Annals of America
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apans extraordinary culture is


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Were all aware of Japans pivotal role in global economics and
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as an archipelago of warring islands


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a dazzling historical adventure with
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SHAPES CULTURE
Japans cultural history, according
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traditional ways of life. And yet it
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China and Korea to Great Britain
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from the struggle between ancient
Japan and the Asian mainland,
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approach illustrates in vivid detail
how broader events and movements
introduced, innovated, and revised
everything from spirituality to popular entertainment. In exploring
these periods and others (including
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time and placeand how theyve all
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FROM FOOD TO ART
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One of the greatest joys of
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And theres so much more to
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the distinct eating and cooking
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the international appeal of Akira
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Youll come away from
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ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR


Dr. Mark J. Ravina is Professor of
History at Emory University. He
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University and his M.A. and Ph.D.
from Stanford University. He has
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Universitys Institute for Research
in Humanities and a research fellow at Kei University and the
International Research Center for
Japanese Studies.
ABOUT THE SMITHSONIAN
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian
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Timelines help you keep track of the


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1 Japan: A Globally Engaged Island Nation
2 Understanding Japan
through Ancient Myths
3 The Emergence of the Ritsury State
4 Aspects of the Japanese Language
5 Early Japanese Buddhism
6 Heian Court Culture

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7 The Rise of the Samurai


8 Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism
9 Samurai Culture in the Ashikaga Period
10 Japan at Home and Abroad, 13001600
11 Japans Isolation in the Tokugawa Period
12 Japanese Theater: Noh and Kabuki

13 The Importance of Japanese Gardens


14 The Meaning of Bushid in a Time of Peace
15 Japanese Poetry: The Road to Haiku
16 Hokusai and the Art of Wood-Block Prints
17 The Meiji Restoration
18 Three Visions of Prewar Japan

19 War without a Master Plan:


Japan, 19311945
20 Japanese Family Life
21 Japanese Foodways
22 Japans Economic Miracle
23 Kurosawa and Ozu: Two Giants of Film
24 The Making of Contemporary Japan

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Survey 13.7 Billion Years of Thrilling History


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ig History: The Big Bang,


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cosmic history13.7 billion years
of itstarting with the big bang and
traveling through time and space to
the present moment.

history is seen as part of the history


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Christian explains, this story will
accounts of the past developed by a
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Lecture Titles
What Is Big History?
Moving across Multiple Scales
Simplicity and Complexity
Evidence and the Nature of Science
Threshold 1Origins of Big Bang Cosmology
How Did Everything Begin?
Threshold 2The First Stars and Galaxies
Threshold 3Making Chemical Elements
Threshold 4The Earth and the Solar System
The Early EarthA Short History
Plate Tectonics and the Earths Geography
Threshold 5Life

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13 Darwin and Natural Selection


14 The Evidence for Natural Selection
15 The Origins of Life
16 Life on EarthSingle-celled Organisms
17 Life on EarthMulti-celled Organisms
18 Hominines
19 Evidence on Hominine Evolution
20 Threshold 6What Makes Humans Different?
21 Homo sapiensThe First Humans
22 Paleolithic Lifeways
23 Change in the Paleolithic Era
24 Threshold 7Agriculture

25 The Origins of Agriculture


26 The First Agrarian Societies
27 Power and Its Origins
28 Early Power Structures
29 From Villages to Cities
30 SumerThe First Agrarian Civilization
31 Agrarian Civilizations in Other Regions
32 The World That Agrarian Civilizations Made
33 Long TrendsExpansion and State Power
34 Long TrendsRates of Innovation
35 Long TrendsDisease and Malthusian Cycles
36 Comparing the World Zones

37 The Americas in the Later Agrarian Era


38 Threshold 8The Modern Revolution
39 The Medieval Malthusian Cycle, 5001350
40 The Early Modern Cycle, 13501700
41 BreakthroughThe Industrial Revolution
42 Spread of the Industrial Revolution to 1900
43 The 20th Century
44 The World That the Modern Revolution Made
45 Human History and the Biosphere
46 The Next 100 Years
47 The Next Millennium and the Remote Future
48 Big HistoryHumans in the Cosmos

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What Can We Learn from Educational


Practices around the World?
How the World Learns: Comparative Educational Systems
Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education Alexander W. Wiseman | Lehigh University

The key to fixing education lies in taking a meaningful


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same challenges we face. Use internationally comparative


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The Global Challenge to Educate


Sputnik Launches the Science-Math Race
Education Is Life
Evidence-Based Policy Making in Education
What Should We Compare about Education?
The World Learns from Horace Mann

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7 When Culture Invades the Classroom


8 Germany and Japans Shattered Expectations
9 Borrowing Foreign School Cultures
10 The Value in Linking School to Jobs
11 Why Blame the Teacher?
12 Gender Pipeline Lifts Equality Dream

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19 The Foundations of Civil Society


20 From National Student to Global Citizen
21 The Problem with Teachings Best Practices
22 A School inside Your Phone?
23 The Rich-and-Poor Learning Cycle
24 How to Fix Education: Heart, Head, Hands

How the World Learns: Comparative Educational Systems


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13 Gulf Schools: The Non-National Advantage


14 Who Is Accountable for Education?
15 How Parents Shape Student Outcomes
16 Reading, Writing, and Religion
17 International Test Scores: All and Nothing
18 Turning a Good Teacher into a Great One

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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills
Professor of Neurology Steven Novella, M.D. | Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Steven Novella of the Yale School of Medicine equips


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immerses you in the science of cognitive biases and thought


processes. By learning how to think about thinking (a fascinating process known as metacognition), youll gain concrete lessons for doing so more critically, more intelligently,
and more successfully than ever before.

Lecture Titles
The Necessity of Thinking about Thinking
The Neuroscience of Belief
Errors of Perception
Flaws and Fabrications of Memory
Pattern RecognitionSeeing
Whats Not There
6 Our Constructed Reality
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7 The Structure and Purpose of Argument


13 Philosophy and Presuppositions of Science
8 Logic and Logical Fallacies
14 Science and the Supernatural
9 Heuristics and Cognitive Biases
15 Varieties and Quality of Scientific Evidence
10 Poor at ProbabilityOur Innate Innumeracy
16 Great Scientific Blunders
11 Towards Better Estimates of Whats Probable 17 Science versus Pseudoscience
12 Culture and Mass Delusions
18 The Many Kinds of Pseudoscience

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

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19 The Trap of Grand Conspiracy Thinking


20 DenialismRejecting Science and History
21 Marketing, Scams, and Urban Legends
22 Science, Media, and Democracy
23 Experts and Scientific Consensus
24 Critical Thinking and Science in Your Life

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Money and Banking: What


Everyone Should Know

Thinking about Capitalism

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history of money; how money is created by commercial and central banks;
the role of public confidence in the stability of financial systems; the psychology of stock market bubbles; the connection between Wall Street
and Main Street; and more.
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The Importance of Money


Money as a Social Contract
How Is Money Created?
Monetary History of the United States
Local Currencies and Nonstandard Banks
How Inflation Erodes the Value of Money
Hyperinflation Is the
Repudiation of Money
SavingThe Source of
Funds for Investment
The Real Rate of Interest
Financial Intermediaries
Commercial Banks
Central Banks
Present Value

14 Probability, Expected Value,


and Uncertainty
15 Risk and Risk Aversion
16 An Introduction to Bond Markets
17 Bond Prices and Yields
18 How Economic Forces
Affect Interest Rates
19 Why Interest Rates Move Together
20 The Term Structure of Interest Rates
21 Introduction to the Stock Market
22 Stock Price Fundamentals
23 Stock Market Bubbles and
Irrational Exuberance
24 Derivative Securities
25 Asymmetric Information

26 Regulation of Financial Firms


27 Subprime Mortgage Crisis
and Reregulation
28 Interest Rate Policy at the Fed and ECB
29 The Objectives of Monetary Policy
30 Should Central Banks
Follow a Policy Rule?
31 Extraordinary Tools for
Extraordinary Times
32 Central Bank Independence
33 The Foreign Exchange Value of the Dollar
34 Exchange Rates and
International Banking
35 Monetary Policy Coordination
36 Challenges for the Future

Professor of History Jerry Z. Muller


The Catholic University of America

In an era of increasing globalization, capitalism


plays a dramatic role in the world economy and
your everyday life. Explore the wealth of perspectives on this pervasive economic force in
Thinking about Capitalism, and gain fresh insights into capitalisms history, its proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world.
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Why Think about Capitalism?


The Greek and Christian Traditions
Hobbess Challenge to the Traditions
Dutch Commerce and National Power
Capitalism and TolerationVoltaire
Abundance or Equality
Voltaire vs. Rousseau
Seeing the Invisible HandAdam Smith
Smith on Merchants, Politicians, Workers
Smith on the Problems of
Commercial Society
Smith on Moral and Immoral Capitalism
Conservatism and Advanced
CapitalismBurke
Conservatism and Periphery
CapitalismMser
Hegel on Capitalism and Individuality
Hamilton, List, and the
Case for Protection

15 De Tocqueville on Capitalism in America


16 Marx and EngelsThe
Communist Manifesto
17 Marxs Capital and the
Degradation of Work
18 Matthew Arnold on
Capitalism and Culture
19 Individual and Community
Tnnies vs. Simmel
20 The German Debate over Rationalization
21 Cultural Sources of
CapitalismMax Weber
22 Schumpeter on Innovation
and Resentment
23 Lenins CritiqueImperialism and War
24 Fascists on Capitalism
Freyer and Schmitt
25 Mises and Hayek on Irrational Socialism

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27 The Rise of Welfare-State Capitalism
28 Pluralism as Limit to Social
JusticeHayek
29 Herbert Marcuse and the
New Left Critique
30 Contradictions of Postindustrial Society
31 The Family under Capitalism
32 Tensions with Democracy
Buchanan and Olson
33 End of Communism, New
Era of Globalization
34 Capitalism and Nationalism
Ernest Gellner
35 The Varieties of Capitalism
36 Intrinsic Tensions in Capitalism

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The Art of Critical Decision Making

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Professor of Management Michael A. Roberto


Bryant University

The Economics of Uncertainty


Professor of the Practice, Department of Economics
Connel Fullenkamp | Duke University

Making a good decision is a skillone that can


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Making High-Stakes Decisions


Cognitive Biases
Avoiding Decision-Making Traps
FramingRisk or Opportunity?
IntuitionRecognizing Patterns
Reasoning by Analogy
Making Sense of Ambiguous Situations
The Wisdom of Crowds?

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GroupthinkThinking or Conforming?
Deciding How to Decide
Stimulating Conflict and Debate
Keeping Conflict Constructive
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