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Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Narrateur(s): Don Lincoln
Durée: 12 h et 4 min
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Consider these commonly held scientific beliefs: Planetary orbits are fixed ellipses; we only use 10 percent of our brains; nothing travels faster than light; a thrown object’s trajectory is a parabola. They seem correct, but they’re all misconceptions that aren’t entirely accurate. There’s much more to the story than you think. 

These magnificent 24 lectures are devoted to busting myths, clearing up confusion, and giving you scientific epiphanies that could change how you think about your everyday world. You’ll explore shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known - and often controversial - concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, quantum mechanics, and even the possibility of extraterrestrial life. 

Delivered with insight, clarity, and a healthy dose of humor, Professor Lincoln’s scientific epiphanies will have you rethinking what you know - or thought you knew - about the world of science. Learn to see matter not as simple spheres but force fields. Discover why most human characteristics aren’t governed by a single gene. Examine why astronauts in the International Space Station aren’t in zero gravity but free fall. And those are just a few. 

These lectures are, above all, about awareness and respect for what an immense undertaking scientific inquiry and experimentation is. Regardless of where you are in your own scientific adventures, they’ll empower you with not just good science, but better science. 

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-07-01

Diasppointing!

In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Don Lincoln sets out to correct various commonly held misconceptions regarding science. He covers a very wide array of subjects, from orbital motion to Carbon-14 dating to quantum mechanics.

There is no question that Professor Lincoln is knowledgeable and fascinated with science.

Sadly however, the lecture series falls somewhat flat for a variety of reasons:

• No apparent logical order for the various topics presented, except perhaps to surprise the listener;
• Lectures geared towards the video version which leave the audio listener at loss … especially if he is driving a car and cannot access the visuals and equations that can be found ‘in the guidebook’;
• An awkward relationship with mathematics as something necessary … but not for those who are not comfortable with them;
• Multiples repetitions from one lecture to another;
• Frequent recourse to worn out humour, for instance touching Professor Lincoln’s cat or his own weight;
• An absurd ‘humanized’ treatment of black holes with a man stretched as he approaches one;
• A depressing and dismal view for the theory of everything, envisioned a thousand years in the future, just as atomic theory was devised by Ancient Greeks but only proved some hundred years ago (!?!).

Overall, it appears best to pass on this offering.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-07

great story

alot of material glanced at. title is true to what it is. one thing is the repeating himself to make the book longer. ... also the audio quality when recording could have been better.

would recommend

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  • SnowMonk3y
  • 2019-09-18

Informative

I learned some new things and got more knowledge on others great course can't wait to do a second listening after I allow some time to pass.

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  • stephan ormond
  • 2019-10-17

Each subject had potential. But all were too short

I might have rated it higher had it contained any information I didnt already know. But it really didnt. Although, these sorts of big picture, undetailed courses rarely do. That said, he did recomend some good "further reading" material. which many attempting this sort of thing rarely do. Overall I enjoyed it, but it isn't one I'll ever listen to twice.

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  • Lyle's "Library"
  • 2019-09-29

This was Great!

Very good. I do have a scientific back ground. I will revisit this. Great listening.

They narrator at the end says - they in the end really do not know as much as people think they do. Honest is cool.

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  • See picture next line
  • 2019-09-28

Misconceptions of Science Fiction

Lots of science fiction, not much science. Extremely disappointing collection that shows promise early and degrades into complete fantasy.

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  • Andrew Ailes
  • 2019-09-23

Arrogance

Not sure if you will learn anything beyond how proud this author is of his beliefs. After 20 minutes, I stopped listening.

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  • Dave
  • 2019-06-23

Bad science, right from the start

If you're going to lecture on the misconceptions regarding science, you're ot going to start it off stating the science of "vaccines have enabled us to live past infancy." Oh really? Well, that's highly innacurrate. On the contrary, the science of vaccine chemical, heavy metal, and bio toxicty and auto-immune impairment is scientificaly WELL documented, if you research the UNBIASED truth. It doesn't take a scientist to know the U. S. has one of, if not, the highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world. We have the highest cancer rate. We also have the highest vaccination rate. The average U. S. life expectacy has dropped for the first time recently since recorded.

I couldn't continue past the 1st chapter. I shudder to think what this fool states as other "science misconceptions" in the later chapters. Based on his vaccine stance, I guess the Earth is flat and God, Santa Clause, and the Easter Bunny really do exist.

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