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A no nonsense overview

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.09.2020

Live in outer space smacks a bit of SF - literature but Prof. Close keeps it close (sorry for the pun) to the facts. Starting with the preconditions and the current theories about the development of live on Earth he systematically widens the perspective from inner to outer solarsystem and at last other solar systems. Finally he discusses alien intelligent live forms and the difficulties of space travel. All very interesting, excellently executed and with a carefully written pdf. The only weak point is that the course is arranged as a video and if for example Prof. Close explains what is to be seen during the landing of the Huygens space probe on Titan I feel left behind.

Convincing course concept but

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 05.09.2020

A world history told from the perspective of war, can this work? Well, after listening to the course, my answer is: Yes, surprisingly well. The course discusses extensivily the interrelation of technic, religion, social changes and ideologies with the art of warfare on land and sea. The course material is also excellent and could probably read independently. The only minus is Prof. Roth´s habit of drawling at least one word in a sentence by a kind of two note rising melisma. I found it awful from the beginning and hated it to the end.

A very comprehensive history

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 31.08.2020

Good historical background, great biographical notes, competently and intelligibly described physics, detailled accounts of the technological problems and heartbreaking first hand descriptions by some of the surviving victims.

The important points in high relief

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 18.08.2020

The great art of story telling in history is focussing on the important points and reconstructing the past, in this case a long gone past in an intelligible way for the layman. I think Prof. Fagan has quite cleverly and successfully managed this task by mixing a lot of social, economic, cultural background information in the narrative of the plain facts. Covering more than 1000 years in one course of 48 lectures means by necessity this is no more than an introduction to Roman history. But you can hardly look for a better starting point. And the performance of the lecturer is of the highest standards, I just enjoyed listening.

A feast of text analysis

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 11.08.2020

As the commentator P.K. already said: This is an academic level book. For me it was a bit too much but I was very impressed with the wealth of "tools" scholars use to find clues in a text and the way the context can help interpreting the sources. And though I liked the reading of Mr. Levine very much in retrospect I would prefer to have bought a paper or kindle edition. Leafing through a book using the indez is clearly superior to blindly searching in the audio. And this is why I have three remarks to the editor: Chapter headings, chapter headings, chapter headings!

Difficult to follow

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
2 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 11.08.2020

The author lays a huge amount of well researched (as far as I can tell) and interessing information before the listener. But with chapter captions only running from 1 to 44 without any hints about the content I found it nearly impossible to follow the audio. The material is ordered according to topics so the narration jumps forth and back in time, making it very difficult to find something like Aridne´s thread. And Mr. Ryan reads like a school teacher taking a dictation exercise: Very clearly pronounced and ever so boring. My recommendation: Buy a paper edition, because the book is worth reading.

The usual high Greenberg standard

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 03.08.2020

But even Prof. Greenberg could not convince me that Scriabin`s piano sonata nr. 5 doesn't sound like a piano falling down a long staircase. Nevertheless, thanks for trying, maybe in another live.

No pain, no gain

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.08.2020

This course is as informative as demanding. It´s not that the concepts per se are so difficult but that there are a so many mutually incompatible ideas which at a time were introduced and aggressively defended by the best thinkers of humankind. So right in the moment I feel like a particle in Heisenberg´s uncertainty relation waiting for the collaps of the wave function: Will it be enlightenment or utter confusion?

Hard to find any negative

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 29.07.2020

Well researched, well structured (ok, that´s easy, follow the arrow of time), ample background information, in short a good story well told. And not to forget: With Paul English we have an extremely well articulated reader. Shouldn´t your appetite been completely satisfied after listening to this audio, look on YouTube for a documentary in 4 parts by Vanessa Collingridge. She has a somewhat different perspective and the replayed scenes at the historical places made quite an impact on me.

A black spot in my education

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 21.07.2020

I studied physics back in the 80ies and none of my professors was in the least interested in discussions about any kinds of "...isms". But seeing that crackpots influence public opinion with surprising impact despite weak arguments I wanted to learn more about the logical and philosophical basis of this uninformed opposition to science. In this regard I found especially the 2nd half of the course very informative and helpful. Thanks, Prof. Goldman!