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Professor Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D.

Professor Michael E. Wysession
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Northwestern University
Earth is an amazing and wondrous planet. Learning more about it gives us new eyes that increases our ability to appreciate its beauty and complexity.
Dr. Michael E. Wysession is the Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Wysession earned his Sc.B. in Geophysics from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. An established leader in seismology and geophysical education, Professor Wysession is noted for his development of a new way to create three-dimensional images of Earth's interior from seismic waves. These images have provided scientists with insights into the makeup of Earth and its evolution throughout history. Professor Wysession is the coauthor of An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure; the lead author of Physical Science: Concepts in Action; and the primary writer for the texts Earth Science, Earth's Interior, Earth's Changing Surface, and Earth's Waters. Professor Wysession received a Science and Engineering Fellowship from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and fellowships from the Kemper and Lily Foundations. He has received the Innovation Award of the St. Louis Science Academy and the Distinguished Faculty Award of Washington University. In 2005, Professor Wysession had a Distinguished Lectureship with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America. In 2014, Wysession received the inaugural Ambassador Award of the American Geophysical Union.
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"Professor Wysession's approach to teaching geology, as demonstrated in this course, is simply impressive. It kept me enthralled throughout."

 

"Profession Wysession is a superb presenter, clearly excited about and at home with his subject matter, and his briskly paced, clearly explained lectures are beautifully enhanced with appropriate visuals."

 

49 Courses and Sets

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49 Courses and Sets

  1. The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites Sale

    The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites

    Michael E. Wysession
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (177)
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $69.95 $99.95 $69.95$99.95
    Geological wonders are like great works of art. They are impressive, beautiful, mysterious, and surprising. Whether you are planning your next vacation or exploring the world from home, you owe it to your planet to know the places that make it exceptional throughout the solar system. The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites is your gateway to an unrivaled adventure. In 36 lavishly...
  2. The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained

    The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained

    Michael E. Wysession
    4.5 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (40)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Energy is the engine that fuels civilization. To comprehend the issues surrounding energy production, distribution, and consumption in the 21st century, you need to understand the science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable, unbiased source to give you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions. This course imparts essential information for any well-informed citizen of the world.
  3. National Geographic Polar Explorations

    National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.1 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (18)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Travel to the polar regions with five Arctic and Antarctic experts on an exquisite visual journey, produced in partnership with National Geographic. You’ll encounter incredible wildlife, learn about the “heroic era” of polar exploration, discover how indigenous peoples thrive in these climates, and gain valuable tips on how to take captivating photographs in the otherworldly landscapes found at the ends of the...
  4. How the Earth Works

    How the Earth Works

    Michael E. Wysession
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (86)
    Starting at $439.95 Starting at $439.95 $519.95 $439.95$519.95
    The combination of continents, oceans, and atmosphere makes Earth unique among all the planets in the solar system, and perhaps in the galaxy. These features also create the conditions for life in all its diversity. But where did the land, water, and air come from? And how do these systems work together to produce the complex phenomena that are evident everywhere on this beautiful planet? How the Earth Works takes...
  5. (Set) How the Earth Works & Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Explore the ground beneath your feet and the weather above your head with this two-course set delivered by expert scientists. First, in the exciting How the Earth Works, discover insights into volcanoes, the rock cycle, tsunamis, the ocean seafloor, and other breathtaking aspects of our remarkable home. Then, in Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather, learn more than you ever thought possible...
  6. (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...
  7. (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & How the Earth Works

    Michael E. Wysession
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore the features of our planet that make it exceptional in our solar system with this beautifully illustrated set by Professor Michael E. Wysession. First, in The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites, you'll learn about the geological forces that created our planet's most awe-inspiring waterfalls, volcanoes, canyons, deserts, fjords, lava lakes, and other intriguing geological formations,...
  8. (Set) Discovering the Earth  Set

    (Set) Discovering the Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,294.80 Starting at $1,294.80 $1,524.80 $1,294.80$1,524.80
  9. (Set) How the Earth Works & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    Make sense of some of the most intriguing scientific puzzles around you in this two-course set that provides insights into the "mechanics" of our amazing planet and quantum physics. In How the Earth Works, learn what the Earth is made of, where it came from, and—above all—how it works. Then, grasp the awe-inspiring concepts of relativity and quantum physics with Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum...
  10. (Set)  World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  11. (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  12. (Set) How the Earth Works & Nature of Earth  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Take an in-depth look at our amazing planet in these two riveting natural science courses. Learn about Earth's diverse natural forces—from climate change to the geological forces that shape the Earth's crust—in How the Earth Works. Then, discover some amazing secrets about minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them throughout time in The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology.
  13. (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Oceanography Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Oceanography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Discover the beauty and majesty of Earth's natural wonders and ocean that set it apart from other planets in our solar system in this lavishly illustrated course set. First, in The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites, you'll learn about the geological forces that created our planet's most awe-inspiring waterfalls, volcanoes, canyons, deserts, fjords, lava lakes, and other intriguing geological...
  14. (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...
  15. (Set) Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    Understand the myriad ways our amazing planet works with these two science courses taught by expert science professors. Explore the rich interconnections that make up the great and fascinating web of life on our amazing planet with Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet. Next, in How the Earth Works, journey through the fascinating processes involved in our planet's daily life and...
  16. (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,...
  17. (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  18. (Set) How the Earth Works & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,119.90 Starting at $1,119.90 $1,319.90 $1,119.90$1,319.90
    Explore countless mysteries about the ground beneath your feet and the stars above your head in these two intriguing science courses. In How the Earth Works, journey through the amazing processes involved in our planet's daily life, from the rock cycle to the structure of the ocean seafloor. Then, investigate the wonders of astronomy in Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy—96 comprehensive...
  19. (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  20. (Set) How the Earth Works & Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
    Expand your horizons and strengthen your understanding about the planet we call home. In How the Earth Works, explore the fascinating processes involved in our planet's daily life and discover insights into volcanoes, tsunamis, and other natural phenomena. Then, in Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity, take an enormous leap backward and examine the history of the world from the...
  21. (Set) Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Learn more than you ever imagined about the myriad workings of our planet with this fascinating, richly illustrated two-course set. First, embark on a scientific expedition of the ocean's many mysteries—from its shallowest tidal zone to its deepest depths—in Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness. Then, discover new insights into volcanoes, the rock cycle, tsunamis, and other geological...
  22. (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore the amazing story of the origin, extinctions, regenerations, and evolutions that gave rise to our present Earth and its boundless diversity in this lavishly illustrated course set that gives you a strong grasp on how our Earth and all its features came to be, from the big bang to the present. First, in A New History of Life, you'll gain the conceptual tools to understand such fundamental ideas as...
  23. (Set)  How the Earth Works & Inexplicable Universe Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Inexplicable Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $619.90 $534.90$619.90
  24. (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
  25. (Set)  World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Pompeii Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Pompeii

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  26. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The World's Greatest Geological Wonders Set on sale

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The World's Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $568.00 Starting at $137.90 $191.90 $137.90$191.90
    Our amazing planet provides us with gorgeous and amazing sites, which also serve as living textbooks to teach us about the dynamic earth. This set of two courses, including Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America and The World's Greatest Geological Wonders, gives you unprecedented views into hundreds of the world’s most wondrous locations, as well as the scientific context to understand how they...
  27. (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites Set

    (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the most stunning locations on Earth in this two-course set. In The World's Greatest Geological Wonders, travel around the globe from the comfort of your own home and visit the most beautiful places on Earth. Then, in Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, delve into how people and their communities affected the natural places around them.
  28. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,274.75 Starting at $1,274.75 $1,464.75 $1,274.75$1,464.75
    This five-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  29. (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Be an armchair traveler with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Great Tours, see all the amazing sights and learn the fascinating history of Greece and Turkey.
  30. (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & How the Earth Works

    Michael E. Wysession
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Witness the history of our planet unfold in spectacular detail. Start with what modern science and technology have uncovered about the history of Earth with Introduction to Paleontology. Then, look at what went into making our planet-from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the gradual evolution of the planet into what it is today with How the Earth Works.
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