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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  1. Joy of Science Sale

    Joy of Science

    Robert M. Hazen
    4.6 out of 5
    79% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (107)
    Save up to $515.00 Starting at $54.95 $624.95 $54.95$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...
  2. 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
    4.8 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (85)
    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...
  3. Origins of Life

    Origins of Life

    Robert M. Hazen
    4.5 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    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
    2.8 out of 5
    28% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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
    3 out of 5
    37% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (8)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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) 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
  7. (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...
  8. (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...
  9. (Set) Biological Anthropology & Joy of Science Set

    (Set) Biological Anthropology & Joy of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $429.90 $429.90$429.90
  10. (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 $969.90 Starting at $969.90 $1,144.90 $969.90$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...
  11. (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 $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$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...
  12. (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 $879.90 Starting at $879.90 $1,039.90 $879.90$1,039.90
  13. (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...
  14. (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...
  15. (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
  16. (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.
  17. (Set) Joy of Science & Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $999.90 $499.90$999.90
    This two-course set offers you an engaging and thorough look at modern science and the ways it has affected humanity. 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 contemporary genetic research. In Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World, explore the science behind ideas that have helped form the...
  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 $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$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) 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.
  20. (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.