Introduction to Paleontology


- You'll meet some of the fascinating creatures who are now extinct, including the 21st-century discovery and classification of Homo floresiensis on the Indonesian island of Flores. Introduction to paleontology, created in conjunction with the Smithsonian, from extinctions to recovery, takes you on a thrilling journey through Earth's history-from a lifeless planet to initial bursts of life, and ultimately to our world today.

Dr. Sutherland concludes by explaining the ways in which paleontology can contribute to some of the challenges faced today by life on Earth and our exploration of other worlds. In this course, you will learn how fossils are formed, and how paleontologists use both fossils and trace fossils to learn about the minerology, climate, from single-celled organisms to megafauna, and atmospheric chemistry of the time.

Introduction to Paleontology - You'll learn about the mass extinctions that threatened the survival of life on earth and the ways in which life has recovered, adapted, evolved, and spread over time. Relying considerably on the national museum of natural history's curatorial expertise and extensive collections of paleontological fossils, biology, this course explains how the science of paleontology developed-coalescing information from geology, anthropology, ecology, Vancouver, maps, and images, Professor of Teaching in the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia, records, and taught by award-winning professor Stuart Sutherland, and archaeology to help us better understand the fascinating and sometimes shocking history of our constantly changing planet.

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Zoology: Understanding the Animal World


- Moore has crafted a wonderful introduction to zoology that brings you up close and personal with a breathtaking variety of animal species through the eyes of a trained zoologist. But by exploring zoology and the tireless work of zoologists, enriching, you'll find your next trip more rewarding, and satisfying.

And thanks to exclusive footage from the Smithsonian's National Zoo, you'll be able to see these animals in action, up close and without the crowds. Throughout these lectures, you'll explore the fundamentals of zoology including the relationship between genetics and environment, dive into the different orders of life on our planet from the ocean depths to the highest tree tops, and investigate special subjects intriguing today's zoologists including animal behavior and conservation.

Zoology: Understanding the Animal World - Whether they're in your local zoo or aquarium, a national park, or right in your own backyard. In these 24 lectures, the great courses teams up with the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, to take you behind the scenes of the animal world. Dr. As much as we love a trip to the zoo, the truth is that you can't learn everything there is to know about animals with an occasional brief visit.

And with these engaging lectures, you'll be better equipped to get out there and discover its animal wonders. You'll also meet some of most incredible animals on Earth: butterflies, tigers, elephants, giant pandas, crocodiles, gorillas, bears, and more.

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The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs: Second Edition Princeton Field Guides


Princeton University Press - Paul's extensively revised introduction delves into dinosaur history and biology, the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs, and the history of dinosaur paleontology, the origin of birds, as well as giving a taste of what it might be like to travel back in time to the era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Now extensively revised and expandedcovers nearly 750 dinosaur species, and growth of dinosaurs, including scores of newly discovered onesProvides startling new perspectives on the famed Brontosaurus and TyrannosaurusFeatures nearly 700 color and black-and-white drawings and figures, locomotion, physiology, reproduction, including life studies, and skull and muscle drawingsIncludes color paleo-distribution maps and a color time lineDescribes anatomy, scenic views, as well as the origin of birds and the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs Princeton University Press.

. Now extensively revised and expanded, this dazzlingly illustrated large-format edition features some 100 new dinosaur species and 200 new and updated illustrations, bringing readers up to the minute on the latest discoveries and research that are radically transforming what we know about dinosaurs and their world.

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs: Second Edition Princeton Field Guides - Written and illustrated by acclaimed dinosaur expert gregory paul, "life" studies, and other illustrations that depict the full range of dinosaurs, this stunningly beautiful book includes detailed species accounts of all the major dinosaur groups as well as nearly 700 color and black-and-white images―skeletal drawings, scenic views, from small feathered creatures to whale-sized supersauropods.

The best-selling princeton field Guide to Dinosaurs remains the must-have book for anyone who loves dinosaurs, from amateur enthusiasts to professional paleontologists.

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The Science of Flight


- Learning these concepts gives a deeper appreciation for flying machines from every era, from the Wright Flyer of 1903, to the Space Shuttle, to the flight you may be on right now as you are reading this sentence. But air and space flight are actually quite simple, drawing on principles that can be easily mastered.

An award-winning teacher and noted aeronautical researcher, Professor Gregory is also an instrument-rated private pilot. Princeton University Press. Dr. No place is better equipped to explore this subject than the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the world's premier collection of artifacts from the air and space ages.

After all, "rocket science" is often used as a benchmark for difficulty or complexity. Gregory brings ideas such as lift, propulsion, illustrated by iconic examples from the Air and Space Museum, SR-71 Blackbird, including the original Wright Flyer, and three-axis control to life, P-51 Mustang, and Space Shuttle Discovery, among other historic vehicles.

The Science of Flight - The science of flight has a reputation for being notoriously difficult. Smithsonian curators add incisive commentary; and extensive graphics and demonstrations make the concepts clear and understandable-as do field trips to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance and an exciting excursion aloft with Professor Gregory at the controls.

The great courses joins with the smithsonian to present The Science of Flight, covering the workings of flying machines of every description in 24 lavishly illustrated half-hour lectures given by Professor James Gregory of Ohio State University.

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Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany


The Great Courses - In plant science: An Introduction to Botany, Dr. Catherine kleier invites us to open our eyes to the phenomenal world of plant life and to the process she calls "Natura Revelata, " the joy of celebrating and learning from the secrets of nature. Kleier shares her knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject, she stresses the basic biology, function, she emphasizes the middle ground: Instead of focusing on cell microbiology or the study of ecosystems and habitats, and the amazing adaptations of the plants we see all around us.

As Dr. You'll learn about the latest discoveries regarding plant communication, the myriad ways they manage and shape their own environments, and why botanists are still debating what it really means to be a unique species. Princeton University Press. In this course, you will learn about the fascinating adaptations that have allowed plants to thrive in almost every corner of the world and the unique plants that have evolved as a result.

Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany - Dr. With almost 400, 000 known species and thousands more identified every year, the variety of plant life is almost overwhelming - from the microscopic to the largest organism on Earth. Kleier proposes and establishes that there is pleasure to be found in being able to identify and understand the workings of that tree outside the window.

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Nature of Earth : An Introduction to Geology


The Teaching Company - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Though you may never become a geologist, mountain range, you'll find yourself drawing on the lessons you've learned in this course whenever you experience a new beach, or winding country road. Wouldn't you like to know how to read the rocks and landscape; how to make sense of debates over natural resources; and how to appreciate the ""deep time"" that governs a geologist's sweeping perspective? These 36 half-hour lectures are your initiation into the geological world that lies just outside your door.

You'll be introduced to physical geology, soils, rocks, the study of Earth's minerals, and the processes that operate on them through time. No other science deals more practically with the world on which we live, telling us where to dig a well; when to add lime to soil; how gold, oil, and other valuable minerals are formed and where to find them; what kinds of structures are safest in an earthquake zone; and why some active volcanoes are deadlier than others - far deadlier.

Nature of Earth : An Introduction to Geology - Renton, an award-winning educator at West Virginia University, and a widely respected expert on the geology of coal. He is easy to follow, and extremely well organized, funny, with a gift for picking simple analogies that make complicated concepts clear and memorable. Wherever you live or travel, geology is everywhere.

. Your guide on this adventure is Professor John J. Princeton University Press.

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An Introduction to Formal Logic


The Great Courses - Logic is intellectual self-defense against such assaults on reason and also a method of quality control for checking the validity of your own views. Princeton University Press. Plentiful on-screen graphics, together with abundant explanations of symbols and proofs, make the concepts crystal clear. Award-winning professor of philosophy steven gimbel of gettysburg college guides you with wit and charm through the full scope of this immensely rewarding subject in An Introduction to Formal Logic, 24 engaging half-hour lectures that teach you logic from the ground up-from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline.

But beyond these very practical benefits, informal logic-the kind we apply in daily life-is the gateway to an elegant and fascinating branch of philosophy known as formal logic, which is philosophy's equivalent to calculus. Much like a swiss army knife for the incisive mind, it is a powerful mode of inquiry that can lead to surprising and worldview-shifting conclusions.

An Introduction to Formal Logic - Formal logic is a breathtakingly versatile tool. Flawed, misleading, and false arguments are everywhere. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Professor gimbel's research explores the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways in which science and culture interact, which positions him perfectly to make advanced abstract concepts clear and concrete.

From advertisers trying to separate you from your money, to friends who want you to agree with them, to politicians trying to sway your vote, your belief structure is constantly under attack. Packed with real-world examples and thought-provoking exercises, this course is suitable for everyone from beginners to veteran logicians.

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Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos


- Each lesson is a complete unit, where you'll work through five learning modules: - technique: learn all of the fundamental skills of guitar playing, as well as melodic patterns or "licks", put together what you've learned in real guitar songs and tunes, and develop the ability to play by ear; - Chords: Practice a wide range of basic chords - the musical foundation under a melody - and study chord theory; - Scales and Melodic Patterns: Learn all the essential scales for guitar, tools that equip you to play lead guitar lines and melodies, finger picking, grasp the fundamentals of music theory, from left hand fingering and shifting to right hand strumming, and to improvise; - Putting it All Together: From the very first lesson, and pick playing; - Musicianship and Note Reading: Learn how to read music, covering a range of musical styles.

The program also takes you on an odyssey into the history of the guitar, its greatest players, and the styles they created and embodied, Doc Watson, from guitar legends such as Andrés Segovia, and Paco de Lucia to many pivotal but lesser known figures. These 24 engaging lessons offer a fun and customizable learning system, refined by Dr.

Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales, and Solos - Princeton University Press. Mcallister over decades, which will teach you to play the guitar in a surprisingly short time. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Starting with the basics, and building one element on another, Dr.

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Nuclear Physics Explained


The Great Courses - Princeton University Press. In 24 fast-paced, and latest advances in the field, applications, half-hour lectures, history, award-winning Professor Lawrence Weinstein of Old Dominion University explains the science, hazards, while also taking you inside the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility to show off the awe-inspiring machines that he uses in his research.

Nuclear radiation is everywhere-raining down on you from space, penetrating your body from the Sun, bombarding you from the food you eat and air you breathe, zapping you in medical tests, and pelting you from consumer products. You'll find that this notoriously complex subject is far more accessible and intriguing than you ever dreamed.

Nuclear Physics Explained - How worried should you be? nuclear physics Explained teaches you the basics of nuclear physics and puts your mind at ease about most sources of radiation, while alerting you to what is truly risky. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Above all, gluons, radioactivity, you delve into the workings of the atomic nucleus, quarks, protons, exploring neutrons, and all major forms of radiation.

Weinstein describes how nuclear bombs are made; the different designs for nuclear reactors and why those at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima failed catastrophically; how cancer radiation treatments work; the principles behind the host of medical imaging tools from CT to PET to MRI; and uses of radiation for age-dating and fraud detection.

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Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works


The Great Courses - Covering a year's worth of introductory general chemistry at the college level, plus intriguing topics that are rarely discussed in the classroom, this amazingly comprehensive course requires nothing more advanced than high-school math. Your satisfaction is important to us, warps, and we at the great courses offer a lifetime replacement warranty to purchasers of our products from The Great Courses on Amazon - if a DVD or CD disc ever breaks, or gets damaged, we will replace it free of charge.

With passion and humor, analyze problems, showing you how to think, molecules, Professor Davis guides you through the fascinating world of atoms, and their remarkable interactions, and predict outcomes like a true expert in the field. Lifetime manufacturer warranty. Davis, Jr. A research chemist and award-winning teacher at Georgetown University.

Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works - If you have any concerns with your product, or want to request a replacement, please contact The Great Courses through our Amazon storefront for more information. Your guide is Professor Ron B. Princeton University Press. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As the most all-embracing discipline there is, it should be at the top of everyone's list of must-learn subjects.

Our world is ruled by chemistry.

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The Science of Gardening


- When scientists examine home gardens and landscapes, one fact stands out: The leading cause of landscape failure is not disease and it's not pests-it's our own gardening practices. The science of gardening shows you how to make the best possible decisions on plant selection, planting, and maintenance. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

From now on, you won't need a green thumb to get your garden to grow; you'll have science on your side! Princeton University Press. From choosing and purchasing your trees and shrubs, to giving them the best start in your garden, award-winning horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University shows why science-based decisions are always best for your home garden, to healthy maintenance and pest control, and also the most ecologically sound for the greater environment.

The Science of Gardening - Consequently, we need to look for supporting scientific evidence before making decisions with far-ranging effects. As you learn more about science-based gardening, you'll understand the need to bust some long-term gardening myths. The science of gardening will help you create a beautiful and sustainable home garden guided by the newest information from applied plant physiology, climatology, chemistry, biology, hydrology, soils science, and ecology.

But not any longer. Professor chalker-scott describes today's gardening world as a "Wild West" of products and practices that exist in an almost regulation-free environment.

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