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."

38 Courses and Sets

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38 Courses and Sets

  1. (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...
  2. (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...
  3. (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...
  4. (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...
  5. (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.
  6. (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
  7. (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
  8. (Set) The Sciences: 7 Course Set Set

    (Set) The Sciences: 7 Course Set

    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...
  9. (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...
  10. (Set) The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence & A New History of Life  Set

    (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
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    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.
  11. (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.
  12. (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...
  13. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The Origin and Evolution of Earth Set

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The Origin and Evolution of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    The story of Earth is filled with crises, catastrophes, and remarkable, repeated change. See this progression on a big and small scale through this two-course set. Visualize geological processes through a detailed study of our parks in Wonders of the National Parks, and then follow events from the formation of Earth to the many twists and turns in our planet’s development with The Origin and Evolution of Earth.
  14. (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 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    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.
  15. (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & The Origin and Evolution of Earth Set

    (Set) Introduction to Paleontology & The Origin and Evolution of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Examine the changes we have endured since the beginning of time with this illuminating two-course set. Start with what modern science and technology have uncovered about the history of life on Earth with Introduction to Paleontology. With The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence, experience the thrill of the epic story of Earth in an enlightening new perspective.
  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 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  17. (Set) Greatest Geological Wonders & Origin and Evolution Set

    (Set) Greatest Geological Wonders & Origin and Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Take a thrilling journey to see many of the Earth's most spectacular geological formations, and learn how minerals have played a central role in the planet's evolution in this exciting and intriguing course set. In Professor Michael E. Wysession's The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sights, explore more than 200 of Earth's natural wonders and, in the process, learn much about the geological...
  18. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.