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Professor Robert M. Hazen, Ph.D.

Professor Robert M. Hazen
  • George Mason University
  • Harvard University
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Dr. Robert M. Hazen is Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and a research scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Professor Hazen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a Ph.D. in Earth Science from Harvard University and did post-doctoral work at Cambridge University in England before joining the Carnegie Institution. At Carnegie, Dr. Hazen’s research focuses on high-pressure organic synthesis and the origin of life.

Professor Hazen has authored 15 books, including the best-selling Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy and The Sciences: An Integrated Approach. He has written over 220 articles for both scholarly and popular publications such as Newsweek, Scientific American, The New York Times Magazine, Technology Review, and Smithsonian Magazine.

He has received the Mineralogical Society of America Award, the American Chemical Society Ipatieff Prize, the Educational Press Association Award, the American Crystallographic Association’s Science Writing Award, and Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Hazen serves on the advisory boards for The National Committee for Science Education, Encyclopedia Americana, NOVA, and the Carnegie Council. He appears frequently on radio and television programs on science.

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" I loved Professor Hazen's enthusiasm and his humanity. I really appreciated the brief (sometimes fascinating) stories he told about the scientists behind the science. I'm so glad to have watched this course." "Dr. Hazen is a truly gifted scientist with the best general overview of science I've yet encountered. A superb lecturer who makes you feel like a graduate student working alongside him. A real joy to watch and hear."

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36 Courses and Sets

  1. The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence

    Robert M. Hazen
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    The evolution of minerals has played a central role all across the surface of the planet and throughout its interior. In The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence, experience the thrill of piecing together this story in an enlightening new perspective. In 48 lectures by Professor Robert M. Hazen, the noted scientist who pioneered the study of mineral evolution, you...
  2. Joy of Science

    Joy of Science

    Robert M. Hazen
    Starting at $299.95 Starting at $299.95 $624.95 $299.95$624.95
    This course provides a clear and bracing overview of the entire scientific world from the laws of motion first formulated 300 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton to the latest marvels of contemporary genetic research. These lucid, information-packed lectures convey the excitement of scientific discovery and trace the connections between discoveries over time. Veteran science educator Professor Robert Hazen renders the...
  3. Origins of Life

    Origins of Life

    Robert M. Hazen
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Four billion years ago, the infant Earth was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors, and hot noxious gases, totally devoid of life. But a relatively short time later-100 million to 200 million years-the planet was teeming with primitive organisms. What happened? Professor Robert M. Hazen, one of the nation's foremost science educators and a leader of a NASA-supported team that is studying the...
  4. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  5. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  6. (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $879.90 $879.90$879.90
    Rediscover the inherent joy of science and mathematics with this dynamic two-course set. First, in The Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of genetic research. Then, delve into the equally fascinating world of mathematics with The Joy of Thinking, a course about the great mathematical ideas that arise from...
  7. (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...
  8. (Set)  The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Nature of Earth Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  9. (Set) Origins of Life & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Origins of Life & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    This two-course set is your guide to the possible origins and amazing growth of life on our planet. Start with Origins of Life, which explains the many intriguing theories and experiments involved in the quest to discover how life on Earth began. Then, gain a wealth of interesting insights into how this remarkable diversity of life works in Biology: The Science of Life.
  10. (Set) Joy of Science & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $879.90 $499.90$879.90
    Master the profoundly important fields of calculus and science. In Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition, grasp the beauty of calculus without the technical background traditionally required in calculus courses. In The Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of genetic research.
  11. (Set) Joy of Science & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity   Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $1,144.90 $549.90$1,144.90
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder that lies at the heart of science and history with these two comprehensive courses. Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of the key principles underlying all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of contemporary genetic research. In Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, get an astounding and...
  12. (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness  Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    If you have ever admired the beauty of a crystal, marveled at the complexity of the natural world, wondered about the amazing story locked inside a rock; or if you are simply a person who likes a good mystery, then The Origin and Evolution of Earth is the course for you. Complete the picture of our Earth with Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness, which sheds light on a domain that is breathtaking...
  13. (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Joy of Science  Set on sale

    (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Joy of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $683.00 Starting at $102.90 $196.90 $102.90$196.90
    Take this opportunity to grasp the 12 scientific concepts every educated person should know, and use them as a jumping-off point into more detailed study of these and related ideas, in this absorbing course set. First, in 12 Essential Scientific Concepts, get an introduction to 12 basic concepts, ranging from quantum theory to brain plasticity to the latest theories about the Big Bang. Then, in The Joy of...
  14. (Set) How the Earth Works & Joy of Science  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Joy of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $969.90 Starting at $969.90 $1,144.90 $969.90$1,144.90
    Embark on a thrilling scientific journey with this two-course set delivered by engaging scientists and award-winning professors. First, in the 48 exciting lectures of How the Earth Works, discover insights into volcanoes, the rock cycle, tsunamis, the ocean seafloor, and other natural phenomena. Then, enhance your understanding of all the physical and biological sciences—including physics, biology, chemistry,...
  15. (Set)  The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Big History Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $1,039.90 $499.90$1,039.90
  16. (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  17. (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Joy of Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder at the heart of science and mathematics. Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of the principles underlying modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to contemporary genetic research. Joy of Mathematics reveals the amazing utility of this exciting field in many aspects of life.
  18. (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Take two intriguing scientific perspectives on the history of the world and the story of human life with this two-course set. Start with Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, which ties together academic disciplines, including cosmology, geology, and biology, to create a comprehensive look at the past. Then, embark on the search to find out how life emerged on our amazing planet with...
  19. (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Track the fascinating development of our home planet from the Big Bang to modern day through the ten stages of mineral evolution in The Origin and Evolution of Earth. Marvel as the planet is resculpted before your very eyes! With your new appreciation of how Earth has evolved, dive deep into the “owner’s manual” of this intricate system in How the Earth Works, gaining a more comprehensive...
  20. (Set) Chaos & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Chaos & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Let two award-winning professors guide you through and help you make sense of some of modern science's most complex topics in this two-course set. Learn how chaos theory—the study of the behavior of sensitive systems over time—affects nearly every field of human knowledge, from the arts to zoology with Chaos. Then, in Origins of Life, embark on a 24-lecture expedition to find possible answers to a...
  21. (Set) Joy of Science & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,059.90 Starting at $1,059.90 $1,249.90 $1,059.90$1,249.90
    Rediscover the excitement of a great field of human endeavor in the company of two outstanding professors. The 60 comprehensive lectures of The Joy of Science, taught by Professor Robert M. Hazen, provide you with a clear overview of modern science's key principles, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest genetic research. And Professor Richard Wolfson's Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works explains in 60...
  22. (Set) Philosophy of Science & Joy of Science  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Science & Joy of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    Rediscover the wonder and joy of science with two award-winning professors. In Philosophy of Science, learn about the last 100 years of rich philosophical debate over the nature of science. Next, explore the fundamental discoveries and principles behind all of the physical and biological sciences in The Joy of Science.
  23. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Origins of Life Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  24. (Set) Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective/Joy of Science Set

    (Set) Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective/Joy of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $629.90 $429.90$629.90
  25. Biology; Einstein's Relativity Set

    Biology; Einstein's Relativity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,384.65 Starting at $3,384.65 $3,384.65 $3,384.65$3,384.65
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder that lies at the heart of science with this comprehensive seven-course set. You'll never look at a blade of grass or a star in the sky in the same way again. In Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science. In Great Ideas of Classical Physics, journey step by step through the landmark concepts that help us make sense of the...
  26. (Set) Joy of Science & How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition   Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $709.90 Starting at $709.90 $824.90 $709.90$824.90
    Show your students how to reach startling new levels of success in their studies with this engaging two-course set. The Joy of Science provides them with a clear and comprehensive overview of the key principles in all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of genetic research. And How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition offers them a wealth of tips and strategies for approaching...
  27. (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & A New History of Life  Set on sale

    (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & A New History of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $690.00 Starting at $173.90 $204.90 $173.90$204.90
    Pair The Origin and Evolution of Earth with A New History of Life and you will gain a truly broad and rich understanding of our planet and the life forms that have called it home. From the awe-inspiring travels of chondrite meteorites to the prior existence of 20-inch-long cockroaches, these courses are full of amazing facts you’ll want to share.
  28. (Set) Joy of Science & Origins of Life  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Origins of Life

    Robert M. Hazen
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    Examine fascinating realms of science in these two insightful courses. In The Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the principles underlying modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to contemporary genetic research. Next, take a 24-lecture expedition through the scientific theories and experiments about where life came from in Origins of Life.
  29. (Set) Joy of Science & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $879.90 $429.90$879.90
    Rediscover the excitement of a great field of human endeavor. The Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of modern science's key principles, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest genetic research. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition examines the fascinating concepts of relativity and quantum physics in a way that any interested layperson...
  30. (Set) Joy of Science & Economics, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Economics, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    Discover new ways to understand the intricate details of two important areas of human endeavor. In Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underlying all of modern science, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest marvels of contemporary genetic research. In Economics, 3rd Edition, learn about financial issues that affect you and the nation every day, including interest rates, personal...