From the laws of motion first formulated 300 years ago by Sir Isaac Newton to the latest marvels of contemporary research, this series of physics courses allows you to share the joy of humanity's greatest ongoing adventure of discovery and exploration.
Get a firm understanding of how physics is the fundamental science with two courses that present a foundational basis without requiring anything more advanced than high-school math.
- Physics and Our Universe
Discover science's most fundamental branch in this course that covers Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum theory, and more.
- The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality
Do you like a good detective story? Join a renowned scientist trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery.
Ground your understanding in the concepts of physics that anyone with a passing interest in the world around them should know by picking three courses that look at real-life applications.
- Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity
Peer into one of the great mysteries of modern physics—the force of gravity—in this brilliant and insightful course taught by an award-winning professor of physics.
- Nuclear Physics Explained
Join an award-winning professor of physics to explore the powerful forces of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, and nuclear medicine.
- Radio Astronomy: Observing the Invisible Universe
Explore the thrilling world of pulsars, quasars, and supermassive black holes with an active radio astronomer.
- What Einstein Got Wrong
Discover the fallible side of the world’s most celebrated genius as you trace Einstein’s path to greatness.
- Physics in Your Life
An award-winning professor brings physics down to earth from everyday examples to universal principles.
- The Science of Flight
Master the principles of flight with an award-winning professor and Smithsonian curators.
- Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe
Examine the key concepts of an expanding universe from Albert Einstein to Edwin Hubble, led by a theoretical physicist.
- Impossible: Physics Beyond the Edge
Delve into some of the most fascinating concepts at the edge of modern physics with a veteran Great Courses Professor who provides an ingenious teaching approach.
- Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe
Delve into the fascinating and enormously important subject of thermodynamics and discover the four laws that govern so much of the world around us.
- The Higgs Boson and Beyond
Understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with this fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson.
- Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time
Tackle one of the greatest problems in all of science—the nature of time itself—in this groundbreaking course by one of the foremost researchers in this field.
- Quantum Mechanics
Peer into the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics with this course that explains how the quantum world works and why it works that way.