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Professor Mark Whittle, Ph.D.

Professor Mark Whittle
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Cambridge
Creating my course on cosmology required me to see ourselves and our world as true cosmic citizens. I hope those who watch my course will also begin to see themselves from this new cosmic perspective.
Dr. Mark Whittle is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia, where he has been teaching since 1986. He teaches on the solar system, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and observing techniques. He also gives frequent public lectures, and he is committed to community outreach on all areas of astronomy, particularly cosmology. Professor Whittle's research centers on various aspects of nuclear activity in galaxies, a phenomenon that arises from gas falling onto supermassive black holes. His most recent work focuses on the properties of jets that emerge from Seyfert galaxies and the role they play in energizing the central few thousand light-years. Professor Whittle uses both optical and radio telescopes for his research, including the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Whittle was a Mackinnon Scholar at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he obtained his B.A. Honors in Physics, First Class. He earned his M.A. in Physics at Oxford and his Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.
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"Professor Whittle is crystal clear, concise, organized, and in full mastery of his material. His enthusiasm for each of theme is infectious, and he has worked hard to make each theme accessible to the reasonably intelligent layman."

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21 Courses and Sets

  1. Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Mark Whittle
    4.9 out of 5
    95% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (142)
    Starting at $319.95 Starting at $319.95 $374.95 $319.95$374.95
    Discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe. In the 36 lectures of Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, astronomer and award-winning Professor Mark Whittle makes this profound subject understandable and awe inspiring. With the aid of more than 1,700 vivid illustrations, discover how this scientific field has helped us decipher mysteries about...
  2. (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.
  3. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Embark on a rewarding and richly illustrated journey to the largest and smallest corners of the known universe with this fascinating two-course set. First, decipher grand cosmological mysteries such as dark matter, cosmic inflation, and the birth of galaxies in Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe. Then, become familiar with the fundamental particles that make up all the matter around you in Particle...
  4. (Set) Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition; Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition; Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,429.85 Starting at $1,429.85 $1,429.85 $1,429.85$1,429.85
    Solve countless scientific mysteries about the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, discover how this fascinating field has helped us understand dark matter, cosmic inflation, the birth of galaxies, and more. Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality explores the search for the ultimate nature of physical reality in a manner that can be...
  5. (Set) Life in Our Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Life in Our Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    With this visually rich course set that introduces you to recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the cosmos, you'll see that there's never been a better time to study the universe. In Life in Our Universe, you'll explore the cutting-edge research leading scientists to believe that life is not exclusively the domain of Earth. And in Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, you'll discover a wealth of...
  6. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  & My Favorite Universe  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & My Favorite Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  7. (Set) Physics of History & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Physics of History & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Discover the fascinating insights modern scientists have uncovered about the world around us with this engaging two-course set. In The Physics of History, investigate an astonishing range of cases in which physics has helped scientists redefine history. Then, explore the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe with Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe.
  8. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of the Universe Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $929.80 $799.80$929.80
  9. (Set) Cosmology & Black Holes Explained  Set

    (Set) Cosmology & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $574.90 Starting at $574.90 $574.90 $574.90$574.90
    Look at the big picture of the universe and one of its most intriguing components, black holes, in this course set taught by two master astrophysicists. In Professor Mark Whittle's Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, you learn the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe. And in Professor Alex Filippenko's Black Holes Explained, you investigate these intriguing phenomena that...
  10. (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
  11. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Prepare for an unforgettable learning experience with this two-course set that offers eye-opening looks at two larger-than-life subjects. The history of everything—from the beginning of the universe to the modern day—is a monumental story you explore in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, discover how this scientific...
  12. (Set) Our Night Sky & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Our Night Sky & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Make sense of the cosmos with this two-course set that shows you how to unscramble the stars and how to truly understand the scientific mysteries of the universe. First, learn how to feel at home in the limitless expanse of the star-filled sky with the 12 lectures of Our Night Sky. Then, discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe with the 36 lectures of...
  13. (Set) Chaos & Cosmology   Set

    (Set) Chaos & Cosmology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    First, journey with Cornell University Professor Steven Strogatz to the heart of the revolutionary field of Chaos theory and discover new ways to think about the world. Chaos gives you a solid introduction to a fascinating discipline that has more to do with your life than you may realize. Next, discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe. In the 36...
  14. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  15. (Set) Cosmology & Understanding the Universe, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cosmology & Understanding the Universe, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $1,174.90 $999.90$1,174.90
    Investigate the wealth of wonders in two scientific fields that have provided us with startling new ideas about our universe. With the aid of more than 1,000 vivid illustrations, Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe reveals the latest insights behind mysteries including dark matter, cosmic inflation, and the birth of galaxies. Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition is an...
  16. (Set)  Uncover the Mystries of the Universe Set

    (Set) Uncover the Mystries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,849.55 Starting at $2,849.55 $2,849.55 $2,849.55$2,849.55
    It’s not likely you’ll be able to solve all the mysteries of life in one course, even if it is a Great Course. Nine courses, on the other hand, may take you pretty close. Encompassing Physics, the Microscopic World, Matter, Chaos, Cosmology, Complexity, Black Holes, and the Origins of Life, this wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive set will deliver answers to some of life’s biggest and most urgent...
  17. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Journey to the farthest reaches of the cosmos and explore our latest understanding of some of its most mysterious characteristics with this two-course set. In Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe, investigate the origin, composition, evolution, and probable fate of the universe in a series of richly illustrated lectures. Then, in Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe, confront two of...
  18. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe   Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  19. (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set

    (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Travel to the farthest reaches of the known universe with this richly illustrated two-course set delivered by two award-winning professors. Marvel at a carefully selected sampling of the Hubble Space Telescope's landmark images in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe. Then, gain a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, and composition of our universe with the 36 lectures of...
  20. (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...
  21. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Cosmology Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Cosmology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Forge a link between scientific discoveries in this engaging set of courses. First, understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with a fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson. Then, discover a wealth of insights into the origin, evolution, composition, and probable fate of our universe in an insightful course by an award-winning professor.
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