Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Latest from the Teaching Company and Modern Scholars Audio and DVD Series

School is now in session --
here are a few highlights from the new DVD and Audio CD collection for courses that you may not have taken when you were in school!

Classics of Russian Literature a three-part series that explores the background and context of a country whose literature has been described as focusing on the "depths of the human soul".
Among the 40 works of novels, stories, plays and poems by Russian authors are War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Dr. Zhivago, and The Seagull and ends with Solzhenitsyn's writings.

How the Earth Works an eight part DVD series discusses the making of our planet from the Big Bang theory to the formation of the solar system,to the subsequent evolution of Earth, including plate tectonics, glaciers, earthquakes and all things geological.

An Introduction to Number Theory is four-part DVD class which provides an overview of high-level number concepts, with step-by-step explanations, anecdotes and demonstrations covering geometric progression, the Binet Formula, prime numbers, cryptography, and Fermat's Last Theorem, among other theories.

Visions of Utopia: philosophy and the perfect society is explored on audio CD through the Modern Scholars Series. Included are Plato's Republic, Thomas Moore's Utopia, and Rousseau's The Social Contract.

The Hebrew Bible discusses what is known as the Tanakh, or how the Old Testament came to be, and how it has been passed down and interpreted through the ages.

Take me out to the ballgame: a history of baseball in America covers the origins and fundamentals of the game, starting in the 19th century, with detailed decade coverage of the 20th century.