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Understanding the misconceptions of science / Professor Don Lincoln.

Lincoln, Don, (lecturer.). Teaching Company, (production company.).


"Discover the truths behind popular misconceptions in biology, chemistry, astronomy, quantum mechanics, and more."--Container.
"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."

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781629977249
  • ISBN: 1629977241
  • Physical Description: 4 videodiscs (12 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (iv, 274 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
  • Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Company, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title from disc label.
24 lectures (30 min. each).
"Course No. 1397"--Container.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Formatted Contents Note:
Disc 1. What the world gets wrong about science -- Franklin's kite and other electrifying myths -- The ideal gas law (it's not ideal) -- From the ground up: how flying works -- From the sky down: how falling works -- Myths of orbital motion. Disc 2. What's inside atoms? -- The truth is in here: the science of aliens -- Misconceptions about evolution -- Nutrition's all about you-- and your gut biome -- Humans are not peas: myths about genetics -- Getting smarter about intelligence. Disc 3. Exposing the truth about radiation -- Does carbon-14 dating work? -- How statistics can lie to you -- Does thermodynamics disprove evolution? -- How relativity is misunderstood -- E = mc2 and other relativity myths. Disc 4. Why do black holes get such a bad rap? -- What banged, and was it big? -- Can you go faster than light? -- Untangling how quantum mechanics works -- Untangling what quantum mechanics means -- Is there a theory of everything?
Participant or Performer Note:
Lecturer: Professor Don Lincoln, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
System Details Note:
DVD; Dolby surround; region 1.
Subject: Errors, Scientific.
Errors, Scientific.
Genre: Educational films.
Instructional films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Educational films.
Instructional films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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