Professor David M. Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor David M. Meyer
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
I have found no better way to communicate the joy of discovery in astronomy than through the beautiful cosmic images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Dr. David M. Meyer is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, where he is also Director of the Dearborn Observatory and Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics. He earned his B.S. in Astrophysics from the University of Wisconsin, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles. He continued his studies as a Robert R. McCormick Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi Institute before joining the Northwestern faculty. Professor Meyer's research focuses on the spectroscopic study of interstellar and extragalactic gas clouds-work carried out over the past 15 years with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope. Along with his collaborators, Professor Meyer has conducted 20 research projects with Hubble, resulting in 25 peer-reviewed publications. He has also served five times on the committee that annually selects the most deserving proposals for Hubble observing time. During his career at Northwestern, Professor Meyer has specialized in designing and teaching introductory undergraduate courses in astronomy, cosmology, and astro-biology for non-science majors. His many teaching awards include the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, Northwestern's highest teaching honor. Beyond campus, Professor Meyer has delivered popular talks on Hubble to young and old in settings as far-flung as a transatlantic crossing.
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"Professor Meyer's enthusiasm for his discipline is contagious. His stories about how the images were obtained and produced add a human dimension to this subject matter that really helps to enhance the learning."

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41 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Black Holes Explained  Set on sale

    (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $342.00 Starting at $57.90 $399.90 $57.90$399.90
    Explore new and fascinating knowledge about the universe and one of its most intriguing components, black holes, in this lavishly illustrated course set. In Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, partake in a visual feast of landmark images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and, in turn, learn the fundamental concepts and recent breakthroughs it has revealed in our understanding...
  2. (Set) Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe & Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $468.00 Starting at $66.90 $574.90 $66.90$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...
  3. (Set) The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe  Set on sale

    (Set) The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $246.00 Starting at $33.90 $299.90 $33.90$299.90
    Explore the wonders and unanswered questions of the known and unknown universe and view spectacular images of cosmic phenomena taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, uncover some of the next avenues of exploration for today's chemists, physicists, biologists, and astronomers. And in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, partake in a...
  4. (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!! Set on sale

    (Set) Four Great Courses, One Amazingly Low Price!!!

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $674.90 Starting at $75.90 $799.80 $75.90$799.80
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Optimizing Brain Fitness; Experiencing Hubble; The Secrets of Mental Math; and The Origins of Ancient Civilization in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special offer is the perfect way to sample some of the fascinating subjects, engaging professors, and profound insights you can find...
  5. (Set) Radio Astronomy & Experiencing Hubble Set on sale

    (Set) Radio Astronomy & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $376.00 Starting at $61.90 $469.90 $61.90$469.90
    Discover how breath-taking the universe is with this two-course set. Radio Astronomy: Observing the Invisible Universe takes you on a thrilling journey through the universe with stunning visuals and animations to explain the science of radio astronomy and its astounding discoveries. Then, join a dazzling voyage of discovery that delights the eye, feeds the imagination, and unlocks new secrets of the universe in the...
  6. (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & Experiencing Hubble Set on sale

    (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $394.00 Starting at $48.90 $469.90 $48.90$469.90
    Open a new window onto the cosmos with a glorious view to all eternity using this set of The Search for Exoplanets and Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe. View actual images and artists’ renderings of never-before-seen features of planets, stars, and galaxies with breathtaking clarity.
  7. (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Skywatching Set on sale

    (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Skywatching

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $360.00 Starting at $48.90 $439.90 $48.90$439.90
    Experience a visual exploration of the universe with this set of courses. First, immerse yourself in a voyage of discovery of nature’s most mysterious and beautiful offerings with Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders. Then, the spectacular sights of the cosmos are as easy to see as the stars above in A Visual Guide to the Universe, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian.
  8. (SET) Experiencing Hubble & The Inexplicable Universe Set on sale

    (SET) Experiencing Hubble & The Inexplicable Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $238.00 Starting at $42.90 $299.90 $42.90$299.90
    How has technology helped us make better sense of what goes on with the stars above us? What do we still have to learn? That’s where this two-course set comes in. First, join noted astronomer David M. Meyer as he leads you on a tour of pulsating stars, iridescent nebulae, giant star clusters, and possible black holes in Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milk Way. Then, popular astrophysicist and Professor Neil...
  9. (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

    David M. Meyer
    Save up to $344.00 Starting at $44.90 $419.90 $44.90$419.90
    View the wonders of the universe with this two-course set. In Experiencing Hubble, see the stunning sights of deep space with the help of the Hubble Telescope. Then, in A Visual Guide to the Universe, expand beyond Hubble to the many other instruments taking remarkable photos of outer space.
  10. (SET) Experiencing Hubble & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set on sale

    (SET) Experiencing Hubble & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    David M. Meyer
    Save up to $335.00 Starting at $53.90 $419.90 $53.90$419.90
    Thanks to astounding scientific instruments that have brought us some of the most breathtaking images ever seen by the human eye, we now know more than ever how the universe works. See for yourself with this two-course set that pairs Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way with A Visual Guide to the Universe. In the first course, noted astronomer David M. Meyer leads you on a tour of pulsating stars, iridescent...
  11. (Set) A Field Guide to the Planets & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) A Field Guide to the Planets & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $374.00 Starting at $79.90 $489.90 $79.90$489.90
    Enjoy a fascinating, eye-opening guide to the wonders of the planets and the universe in this two-course set. Start with A Field Guide to the Planets, in which you’ll explore planets, moons, asteroids, comets, exoplanets, and much more with an expert guide who will show you the most cutting-edge images and research. Then, in A Visual Guide to the...
  12. (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $392.00 Starting at $61.90 $489.90 $61.90$489.90
    Enjoy the full splendor and mystery of the universe, past and present, with this two-course set. A noted historian of astronomy shows you the heavens through the eyes of people long ago in The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy. Then, travel from our neighborhood of the solar system to the farthest reaches of space and time with A Visual Guide to the Universe.
  13. (Set) Robotics & Experiencing Hubble Set on sale

    (Set) Robotics & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $394.00 Starting at $48.90 $469.90 $48.90$469.90
    Discover the intriguing ways that modern robotics and the Hubble Space Telescope are connected in this set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then, witness firsthand the awe-inspiring images that have been captured by The Hubble in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe.
  14. (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Our Night Sky Set on sale

    (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $344.00 Starting at $44.90 $419.90 $44.90$419.90
    Get to know the sky above you in this two-course set. In Our Night Sky, experience the full scope of the stars visible by night from Earth. Then, in A Visual Guide to the Universe, go beyond what the naked eye can see and travel deep into space to view the most stunning images captured on film.
  15. (SET) Experiencing Hubble & Radio Astronomy Set on sale

    (SET) Experiencing Hubble & Radio Astronomy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $367.00 Starting at $70.90 $469.90 $70.90$469.90
    What tools do astronomers use to view the incredible phenomena in our universe? What about when those phenomena are invisible? Get the answers in this two-course set taught by noted scientific experts. First, in Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way, astronomer David M. Meyer leads you on a tour of pulsating stars, iridescent nebulae, giant star clusters, and possible black holes. Then, in Radio Astronomy:...
  16. (SET) A Field Guide to the Planets & Experiencing Hubble Set on sale

    (SET) A Field Guide to the Planets & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $381.00 Starting at $61.90 $469.90 $61.90$469.90
    See the stunning marvels of the cosmos like never before with these two richly illustrated courses. First, explore planets, moons, asteroids, comets, exoplanets, and much more with an expert guide who will show you the most cutting-edge images and research in A Field Guide to the Planets. Then, in Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe, use 10 iconic images from the Hubble Space...
  17. (Set) The Science of Flight & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) The Science of Flight & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $383.00 Starting at $70.90 $489.90 $70.90$489.90
    Take a whole new look at the world above you with this two-course set. Start by exploring technology’s most impressive achievement through America's most popular museum in The Science of Flight. Then, see the full splendor and mystery of the universe with A Visual Guide to the Universe.
  18. (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & A Visual Guide to the Universe Set on sale

    (Set) The Search for Exoplanets & A Visual Guide to the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $401.00 Starting at $57.90 $489.90 $57.90$489.90
    We are living in the golden age of astronomy and only now can we truly view the full splendor of our universe. This intensively illustrated set of courses will take you on an amazing visual journey through the unchartered territory of deep space, as you join renowned experts in The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know and A Visual Guide to the Universe. Without leaving home, you’ll find the view is truly...
  19. (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Life in Our Universe Set on sale

    (Set) A Visual Guide to the Universe & Life in Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $395.00 Starting at $53.90 $474.90 $53.90$474.90
    Explore our universe and the life within it with this two-course set. In A Visual Guide to the Universe, witness the many amazing photos captured by Hubble, SDO, and other instruments in space. Then, in Life in Our Universe, ponder the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in our universe.
  20. (SET) Experiencing Hubble & Our Night Sky Set on sale

    (SET) Experiencing Hubble & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $329.00 Starting at $44.90 $399.90 $44.90$399.90
    Whether through high-powered technology like the Hubble Space Telescope or something as simple as a store-bought telescope set up in your own backyard, there’s much to see in our universe. Do both with this two-course set that brings together Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way with Our Night Sky. In the first course, astronomer David M. Meyer leads you on a tour of pulsating stars, iridescent nebulae,...