Wonders of the Universe
Experience our universe as you've never seen it before
13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light-years across. It contains over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. This infinite, vast and complex Universe has been the subject of human fascination and scientific exploration for thousands of years. The wonders of the Universe might seem alien...more
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Wonders of the Universe (Brian Cox)
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The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in. —G.K. Chesterton
"Wonders of the Universe " is the wonderful book that enthusiastically explains the universe by examining the laws of physics here on Earth. What sets this book apart is Professor Cox's innate ability to make the wonders of the universe accessible to the masses and fun to learn. Well known physicist and science celebrity Brian Cox uses the latest in scientific understanding and creative analogies to teach us about our universe. This enlighteni...more
One of my frustrations with Brian Cox's TV works is he speaks in a such a slow way that it doesn't cover as much ground an hour could. This could be down to the BBC assuming that people can't take in information as fast as students in a physics lecture would be expected to but at least with the book you can read as fast or slow as you mind and level of knowledge allows.
After many people bought and few people rea...more
It seems that Prof. Cox allowed some arty producer/director to use the images to dumb it all down - as so often happens when people who've only done media studies and social studies get i...more
Topics did seem to jump around a lot, with a couple of paragraphs on one thing then onto something new, leaving me at times wishing there was more said on t...more
This isn't the kind of non-fiction book where you can dip in and out and pick which bits you want to read. It's pretty much written in continuous prose with links throughout, so if you start reading bits and pieces you'll get really confused.
It's also quite technical, so if you're only a little bit interested in physics then this probably isn't the book for you.
The TV series is...more
Brian Cox is a good popularizer of science, and we need more people like him.
Easy to understand and well organized, and even on delving into tricky concepts the examples are very straight-forward for either those new to them or the "experienced".