Weekend Site-Seeing

One of our caretaking traditions is the pursuit something academic. In the past, we’ve read an astronomy textbook and many history books. Our current subject is Great Ideas in Classical Physics and Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution. It’s taught by Steven Pollock, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder. This is a DVD course offered by The Teaching Company.

My physics background is pretty weak, but so far I find the material in the 30-minute lectures accessible. We’ll see what happens when we get to relativity.

I love The Teaching Company. They offer courses in various formats (audio, dvd, hardcopy, downloadable) taught by top college professors all over the country. Subjects range from art, music, and literature, to history, science, and math, to religion, business, and social sciences. I just noticed they offer high school courses as well.

We’ve purchased courses for gifts, and I have a long list of ones I’d like to have myself. Think of all the things we might listen to while we stitch!


The Teaching Company also offers information about cultural events in different places around the country. I get info about events in Philadelphia so I can make recommendations to my father and even purchase tickets on occasion.

Check them out.

Categories: Reading

2 replies »

  1. Wow. These are really neat! I may need to look through them and find something I can save my money to purchase…and get me some edumacation.

  2. How funny that you should mention them!
    We received our first order from them yesterday. Got Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe, Understanding the Brain, The History of the English Language (guess whose choice that one was), and Questions of Value. My carpool listened to the first two lectures of Questions of Value today.
    Let me know how the Relativity one is. We thought about it, but my geeky engineer husband didn’t think it would include the math that he wants!
    This is a great way to get some edumacation.