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Professor Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D.

Professor Stephen Nowicki
  • Duke University
  • Cornell University
It’s almost 75 years later, and we find ourselves in much the same position as Wells described in 1929. Our knowledge of biology has exploded in recent years and it continues to expand exponentially.

Dr. Stephen Nowicki is Bass Fellow and Professor of Biology at Duke University. He is also Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Duke, and holds appointments in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and in the Neurobiology Department at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to taking his position at Duke, he was a post-doctoral fellow and assistant professor at The Rockefeller University. Professor Nowicki earned his undergraduate degree and a master's degree at Tufts University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is the recipient of the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award from Duke University. He has been awarded fellowships from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Nowicki has published more than 65 scholarly articles in academic journals and is coauthor of the book The Evolution of Animal/Communication: Reliability and Deceit in Signaling Systems.

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"Professor Nowicky's approach to making the complexities of biology comprehensible to a science illiterate like me is very effective. Excellent communicator."

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17 Courses and Sets

  1. Biology: The Science of Life

    Biology: The Science of Life

    Stephen Nowicki
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $699.95 $349.95$699.95
    One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding the intricate machinery of life. This intensive, 72-lecture course gives you the background and guidance to explore in depth the fundamental principles of how living things work-principles such as evolution by natural selection, the cellular structure of organisms, the DNA theory of inheritance, and other key ideas that...
  2. 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!
  3. (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.
  4. (Set) Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    Learn more than you ever thought possible about the intriguing science of the world around you with this course set delivered by two award-winning professors. First, survey the remarkable innovation that signaled the greatest transition in history—the domestication of plants and animals—in Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact. Then, explore the fundamental principles of how living things...
  5. (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Biology: The Science of Life  Set on sale

    (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $825.00 Starting at $209.90 $249.90 $209.90$249.90
    Get a solid grasp of two of the most important branches of science in this masterful two-course set taught by engaging and award-winning professors. Chemistry, 2nd Edition provides a foundation for future success by giving students a deep and thorough grip on the fundamental problem-solving skills needed to study chemistry. Biology: The Science of Life explores the fundamental principles of how living things work...
  6. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$954.90
    Delve into the mysteries of the biological world with this fascinating two-course set delivered by expert scientists. First, embark on an unforgettable look into the past with Major Transitions in Evolution, which tells the science-detective story of the giant leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity. Then, place your newfound understanding within the larger context of the biological world by exploring...
  7. 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...
  8. (Set) How the Earth Works; Biology: The Science of Life; & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works; Biology: The Science of Life; & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,719.85 Starting at $1,719.85 $2,019.85 $1,719.85$2,019.85
  9. (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$954.90
    Learn more than you ever thought possible about two popular scientific fields in this course set. Start with a fascinating foray into the complex and enthralling field of meteorology in Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather. Then, in Biology: The Science of Life, explore in depth the principles of how living things work and strengthen your appreciation of the marvelous diversity of life.
  10. (Set) Biology: The Science of Life & Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $954.90 $479.90$954.90
    Unlock the secrets of two astounding scientific realms in this course set that introduces you to the untold marvels of life on Earth. In Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications, peer over the shoulder of a working scientist to grasp the meaning and importance of this amazing field. Then, explore the principles of how living things work in Biology: The Science of Life, which takes you to...
  11. (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works  & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $919.90 Starting at $919.90 $1,074.90 $919.90$1,074.90
    Investigate the many disciplines that come to bear on the field of forensics and get a solid understanding of the fundamentals of biology in this set that shows you the practical applications of the sciences. First, in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Really Works, learn from a respected forensic anthropologist the interdisciplinary scientific approach that is crucial to investigating crimes, accidents, and...
  12. (Set) Biology & Understanding the Human Body  Set

    (Set) Biology & Understanding the Human Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,039.90 Starting at $1,039.90 $1,219.90 $1,039.90$1,219.90
    Strengthen your appreciation of the marvelous diversity and complexity of life. In Biology: The Science of Life, explore in-depth the principles of how living things work from cell structure to human growth populations. Then, in Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, learn how your body performs the many detailed functions essential to your life.
  13. (Set)  Mysteries of the Microscopic World & Biology: The Scien Set

    (Set) Mysteries of the Microscopic World & Biology: The Scien

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$954.90
  14. (Set) Biology: The Science of Life; Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  Set

    (Set) Biology: The Science of Life; Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications; & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,254.85 Starting at $1,254.85 $1,474.85 $1,254.85$1,474.85
  15. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  16. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90
  17. (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Biology Set on sale

    (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Biology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $821.00 Starting at $222.90 $263.90 $222.90$263.90
    Get a clear, accessible, and visually rich introduction to the wonders of the essential materials of our world with Foundations of Organic Chemistry. With Professor Davis, this complex subject is demystified. Then, continue your investigation into the intricate machinery of life and discover the incredible variety of living things created from these basic molecules in Biology: The Science of Life.