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Professor Frank Summers, Ph.D.

Professor Frank Summers
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • University of California, Berkeley
My first goal of the course is to teach you that scientific knowledge is never static.
Frank Summers, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in physics from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley. His work at STScI presents the findings of the Hubble Space Telescope and developments in general astronomy to the public through news media, websites, educational programs, and exhibits at museums and planetariums. One of his specialties is the combination of research data and supercomputer simulations with animation and rendering techniques. Professor Summers directed, cowrote, and created the 3-D visualizations for the IMAX short film Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time, which won the Large Format Cinema Association's Best Short Film Award in 2004. He was the lead astronomer in developing the exhibits for the opening of the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. It was during this rebirth of the museum's Hayden Planetarium that he and his fellow curators developed and presented the modern view of the solar system espoused in this course. Their intellectual boldness emerged with the official astronomy reclassification of Pluto almost a decade later.
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"Dr. Summers is a great lecturer who covers a wide range of topics, including a fair amount of history, with warmth and humor."

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  1. New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Frank Summers
    Starting at $254.95 Starting at $254.95 $254.95 $254.95$254.95
    A visually stunning investigation into what we know about the solar system today, New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System shows you just how much more there is to uncover about our true place among the stars. Dr. Frank Summers, an astrophysicist and one of the nation's top astronomy educators, gives you an entirely new model with which to view the solar system. Take an unforgettable journey through...
  2. (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System  & Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality  Set

    (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System & Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Prepare to be intrigued, enlightened, and amazed by these two courses that pierce the mysterious heart of our universe. New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed investigation of what we know about the solar system today. Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality investigates the scientific search for the ultimate nature of physical reality and reveals why string...
  3. (Set) Our Night Sky & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Learn how to feel at home in the limitless expanse of the sky with this richly illustrated two-course set. In Our Night Sky, take an unrivaled tour of the stars that teaches you about the science, culture, technology, and pure pleasure of stargazing. In New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System, discover the new insights into astronomy provided by computer animations and spectacular images from...
  4. (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System; My Favorite Universe; & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System; My Favorite Universe; & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $829.85 Starting at $829.85 $829.85 $829.85$829.85
  5. (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe  Set

    (Set) Complete Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,484.60 Starting at $2,484.60 $2,484.60 $2,484.60$2,484.60
    Trying to envision the universe is a daunting process. Let these eight courses paint the picture of our cosmos for you, as you explore the science, history, and nature of space. From the known, in Our Night Sky, to the unknown in Black Holes, to the theorized in Dark Matter, plus five more fascinating topics, this extensive set leaves no topic uncovered and no question unanswered.
  6. (Set) How the Earth Works & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $774.90 $774.90$774.90
    Survey the latest scientific understanding of both the ground beneath your feet and the solar system above your head. How the Earth Works explores the fascinating processes involved in our planet's daily life and discover insights into volcanoes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed investigation of what we know about...
  7. (Set) Black Holes Explained & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System  Set

    (Set) Black Holes Explained & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Travel to distant regions of the universe on a richly illustrated exploration of some of its most intriguing features and phenomena. In Black Holes Explained, learn the secrets of photon spheres, event horizons, Einstein rings, and other concepts involved in the study of black holes. And in New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System, investigate what we know about the solar system today, thanks to the...
  8. (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System & My Favorite Universe  Set

    (Set) New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System & My Favorite Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Experience the mysteries and wonders of the stars like never before. New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed investigation of what we know about the solar system today. In My Favorite Universe, take a spirited journey through the universe and its history, from before the big bang to the likely ways in which Earth—and perhaps the entire...
  9. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System   Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, discover how this scientific field has helped us decipher mysteries about the cosmos, including dark matter, cosmic inflation, and the birth of galaxies. New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed...