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DVD cover for "The Joy of Science" lecture series.

The Joy of Science is a popular video and audio course series, consisting of 60 lectures, each 30 minutes long, presented by Dr. Robert Hazen of the George Mason University and the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The course, first introduced in 2001, is part of The Great Courses (TGC) series, and is produced and distributed by The Teaching Company (TTC), located in Chantilly, Virginia in the United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

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As the Clarence B. Robinson Professor at George Mason University, Robert Hazen developed innovative courses to promote scientific literacy in both scientists and non-scientists.[8] In a collaboration with physicist James Trefil, he wrote three undergraduate textbooks: The Sciences: An Integrated Approach (1993),[9] The Physical Sciences: An Integrated Approach (1995),[10] and Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics (2004).[11] Hazen used these as the basis for a 60-lecture video and audio course called The Joy of Science.[12][8]

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No. Title No. Title No. Title
01 The Nature of Science 21 Introduction to Chemistry 41 The Atmospheric Cycle
02 The Scientific Method 22 The Chemistry of Carbon 42 The Rock Cycle
03 The Ordered Universe 23 States of Matter and Changes of State 43 What Is Life?
04 Celestrial and Terrestrial Mechanics 24 Phase Transformations and Chemical Reactions 44 Strategies of Life
05 Newton's Laws of Motion 25 Properties of Materials 45 Life's Molecular Building Blocks
06 Universal Gravitation 26 Semiconductors and Modern Microelectronics 46 Proteins
07 The Nature of Energy 27 Isotopes and Radioactivity 47 Cells–The Chemical Factories of Life
08 The First Law of Thermodynamics 28 Nuclear Fission and Fusion Reactions 48 Gregor Mendel, Founder of Genetics
09 The Second Law of Thermodynamics 29 Astronomy 49 The Discovery of DNA
10 Entropy 30 The Life Cycle of Stars 50 The Genetic Code
11 Magnetism and Static Electricity 31 Edwin Hubble and the Discovery of Galaxies 51 Reading the Genetic Code
12 Electricity 32 The Big Bang 52 Genetic Engineering
13 Electromagnetism 33 The Ultimate Structure of Matter 53 Cancer and Other Genetic Diseases
14 The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Part I 34 The Nebular Hypothesis 54 The Chemical Evolution of Life
15 The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Part II 35 The Solar System 55 Biological Evolution – A Unifying Theme of Biology
16 Relativity 36 The Earth as a Planet 56 The Fact of Evolution – The Fossil Record
17 Atoms 37 The Dynamic Earth 57 Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection
18 The Bohr Atom 38 The Plate Tectonics Revolution 58 Ecosystems and the Law of Unintended Consequences
19 The Quantum World 39 Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Motions Today 59 The Ozone Hole, Acid Rain, and the Greenhouse Effect
20 The Periodic Table of Elements 40 Earth Cycles–Water 60 Science, the Endless Frontier

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Staff. "Robert Hazen - Microbes/Mind Adviser". Microbes-Mind.net. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  2. Staff (21 July 2014). "Evolution of Life, Life In Outer Space". KKFI. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  3. Staff (2012). "NSTA 2012 National Conference on Science Education" (PDF). National Science Teachers Association. p. 203. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  4. Staff (2017). "Information Technology - Introduction". International Organization for Standardization. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  5. Kelly, Kate (2006). That's not in my science book a compilation of little-known facts. Lanham: Taylor Trade Publishing. p. ix. ISBN 9781461636014. 
  6. Millman, Martine; Millman, Gregory (2008). Homeschooling : a family's journey. Penguin. ISBN 9781440632310. 
  7. Ceceri, Kathy (3 November 2010). "Integrated Science at Home: The Joy of Science". Integrated Science at Home. Retrieved 12 May 2018. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hemley, R. J. (25 March 2010). "Presentation of the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for 2009". American Mineralogist. 95 (4): 666–666. Bibcode:2010AmMin..95..666H. doi:10.2138/am.2010.557. 
  9. Trefil, James; Hazen, Robert M. (1994). The sciences : an integrated approach (A preliminary ed.). New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-0471303008. 
  10. Hazen, Robert M.; Trefil, James (1996). The Physical science : an integrated aproach. New York: Wiley. ISBN 9780471002499. 
  11. Trefil, James; Hazen, Robert M. (2004). Physics matter : an introduction to conceptual physics. J. Wiley. ISBN 9780471150589. 
  12. "Robert Hazen". Robinson Professors. George Mason University. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2018. 

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