Science for You: The Science of Energy


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Every Thursday • 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. • Mackey Auditorium

September 13, 20, 27 • October 4, 11, 18, 25 • November 1, 8, 15, (22 break), 29 • December 6

The world’s energy needs are and will be met by a variety of sources. This course, aimed at non-technical audiences, provides a scientific explanation of a wide portfolio of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, including coal, oil, natural gas, solar, wind, geothermal and nuclear fission. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each energy source, embracing physics, chemistry, economics, politics, climate science, geography and environmental science. In this course from The Great Courses, award-winning professor and expert geophysicist Michael E. Wysession of Washington University in St. Louis presents an unbiased investigation into the energy sources that power our world. The topics are vividly illustrated with animations, 3D graphics, graphs, in-studio demonstrations and other visuals that make scientific and mathematical concepts approachable and understandable. This course provides the clear and objective facts to be able to choose well among the different sources of energy. For more information, see our website at  

Instructors/Coordinators: Susan Hanna and Rick Hearn