Paperback book in Very Good condition, accompanied by six DVDs all of which comprises a series of 36 thirty minute lectures by Professor Steven L. Goodman, of the Lehigh University, USA. This is a series where you will learn of the distinctive ideas that characterize 20th-century science, amongst them being:
•Science as a unity that encompasses the "hard" sciences of physics and chemistry, and also the "soft" sciences, such as economics and sociology.
•Modern science as a cultural phenomenon that has an inside, intellectual dimension, and an outside, social relationship dimension.
•Concepts change: The terms space, time, matter, energy, the universe, Earth, gene, language, economy, culture, and society no longer mean what they did a century ago.
•Reality is ultimately describable in terms of information, relationships, and processes.
The course is organized into five major themes: matter and energy, the universe, Earth, life, and humanity. The last theme, humanity, encompasses the social sciences, an area that is often omitted from histories of science. Professor Goldman remedies that oversight to bring you the most significant ideas in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and cognitive science—alongside the major developments in physics, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, and biology.
As Professor Goldman says at the outset of the first lecture, "Welcome to an intellectual odyssey that I hope will be as fantastic and exciting to you as Homer's Odyssey, without keeping you away from home for 20 years."