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Wonders of the Universe (Wonders of Brian Cox #2)

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Professor Brian Cox is back with another insightful and mind-blowing exploration of space. This time he shows us our universe as we've never seen it before.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2011 by Collins
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Apr 06, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely amazing. I Kinda want to marry him...
Jim Whitefield
Aug 26, 2011 Jim Whitefield rated it it was amazing
Having watched the four part TV series, I was delighted to acquire the accompanying book which is in four parts, matching the TV series. Professor Cox has a way of explaining the complex in the most simple of terms and I loved every moment of my read. I learned more from this one book regarding the universe than from anything else I have read. I began to understand entropy which I never thought I would. And the photos are stunning. Not only does it cover the beginning, progression and the curren ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Alazzar rated it really liked it
The layout of this book is perfect for the individual with a fleeting attention span (e.g., me): there are lots of pictures, not to mention the occasional page that contains no more text than a single, giant-font sentence. These little "coffee breaks" are properly spaced to ensure that, any time my mind is about to start wandering, I get to flip a few pages in rapid succession and feel like I'm still making good progress.

That being said, the information provided here is excellent. (And the pictu
Aug 17, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoyed the show, you will enjoy the book. If you haven't seen the show, you might still enjoy the book, but you might also wonder why there are so many darkly vignetted photos of the sillouete of the author standing with his back turned to the camera, looking at stuff. It is a little cheesy, I admit, but I didn't mind it because Cox really does seem almost giddy about the universe. To him, everything is Awesome, Incredible, Inspiring, Beautiful, etc. At times his giddy enthusiam almost m ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Katya rated it it was amazing
one of the best book on cosmology I have ever read. Young British professor Brian Cox explaines the most complex and mysterious things such as the Big Bang Itself in a very simple language, sometimes even using highscool physics course experiments as an illustration. The book is beautifully illustrated.
May 06, 2012 Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

"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
Natasha (Diarist) Holme
Aug 15, 2014 Natasha (Diarist) Holme rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, non-fiction
"Two and a half million years ago, when our distant relative Homo habilis was foraging for food across the Tanzanian savannah, a beam of light left the Andromeda Galaxy and began its journey across the Universe. As that light beam raced across space at the speed of light, generations of pre-humans and humans lived and died; whole species evolved and became extinct, until one member of that unbroken lineage, me, happened to gaze up into the sky below the constellation we call Cassiopeia and focus ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Preludes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-culture
Everyone needs a good tabletop book and if you’re looking for something that looks sophisticated, is a fascinating read, and had plenty of gorgeous pictures to peruse when the adverts are on telly then ‘Wonders of the Universe’ is for you. Written to tie in with his Tv series, this nevertheless stands on its own two feet as a detailed yet very approachable journey through the stars and astrophysics. Complicated theories such as entropy, quantum theory, thermodynamics and the beauties and limitat ...more
Bharath Ramakrishnan
Aug 31, 2015 Bharath Ramakrishnan rated it it was amazing
If you want to read only one book about the universe, this is the book you should read! It is written in great style pooling all science has learnt about the universe till date. There are also excellent colour pictures to go with the chapters.
Mar 15, 2013 Dahlia added it
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This book is interesting and informative-you can tell Brian Cox is a professor who is passionate about his subject. If only I had a teacher like him... :) Definitely worth reading.
Aug 12, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it

How many times can one person get their face in one book!?
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Dec 18, 2013 Vlad rated it it was amazing
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On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 passed into the darkness behind the Moon, and Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders became the first humans in history to lose sight of Earth.
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The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in. —G.K. Chesterton
Mar 08, 2013 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
I love science, but I've never really been much of a physics buff - even though stars and astronomy have always been something I found interesting. After watching the TV Series, I really wanted to read the book because I just find that Brian Cox explains things like this in such a way that I remember them. The book was just fantastic and married in with the series perfectly; I loved the history and the mythology and the religious insights to everything too - particularly in the first section whe ...more
Jack Barten
Apr 15, 2013 Jack Barten rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book that explains complex areas of science in a coherent way.

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
Jan 03, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Ok my Brian Cox run is carrying on - moving on from the solar system to the universe. The book is as with the first sumptuously illustrated with glossy fascinating images to grab your attention and cleverly worded phrases to pull you in to the text of each section. However as you can imagine the subject matter has grown. This means that much more obscure subjects and facts can be explored - if you like it is building upon the first book (there are many references which although you do not need t ...more
Aug 05, 2014 K-dizzle rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!! Brian Cox is able to convey the deepest and most complicated concepts of astronomy and present them with a mixture of history, storytelling, technical detail and humour. This definitely reignited my interest in astronomy. The images in the book are also excellent and while you might have seen them before, knowing exactly what they're showing is a very surreal experience. I felt like I had journeyed through spacetime while reading this book.
David Stoney
Jul 09, 2012 David Stoney rated it it was amazing
Although it's been an interesting read so far, unfortunately it uses the same device as the TV series to explain various concepts. Whilst this may be useful on occasion, unfortunately I found the TV version images to be more like a travelogue and the images were too distracting from the concepts being explained.
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
Sara Forsberg
May 06, 2012 Sara Forsberg rated it it was amazing
See my review of the Wonders of the Solar System - this book is just as magnificent as that one. Perhaps even more so, because this is slightly more ambitious. Its 4 chapters focus on 4 quite complex fundamentals of science (light, formation of stars, gravity and entropy) and attempts to explain them to the layperson reader. And it works - after reading this I obviously don't feel like I understand everything but it's a significant increase in knowledge from what I had before. I never thought I' ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Once I'd got over myself and my "has that man got Parkinson's?" worries, I decided I quite liked Prof Brian Cox's work. I didn't see much of the TV series although I enjoyed the slightly spurious travel porn involved. I enjoyed the book whilst still not understanding very much of it. I half thought this might be a glossy coffee table book, light but graspable on content. There are some lovely images, some lovely big images, but a heck of a lot of words too.

It says a lot about me that the kind of
Sep 17, 2013 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and informative although I found it to be a little haphazardly organised in places. In large part I think this was due to the layout of the kindle edition I read, wherein illustrations, photos, captions and quotes were seemingly scattered at random, often making reading passages with references to these images a little tough going.
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
Jul 10, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People properly interested in physics
I'm not really sure how to review a non-fiction book, so this is just advice for anyone thinking of reading this book.

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
Daniel Carrier
Oct 07, 2014 Daniel Carrier rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant! The content is incredibly well presented, and the illustrations are superb. The book is informative, yet very easy to understand. I would recommend this book without reservations. As a matter of fact, I will read it again.
David Ray
May 23, 2013 David Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-science
If you read one book on the Universe, read this one. One of the few science books that I felt sad to finish! The short essays are great for those with a short attention span! I have read a few similar books mainly by Marcus Chown so I had a background on most of this, but Brian surprisingly covers more topics than most books (eg false dawn), because he doesn't get bogged in the detail. I wondered if some people would struggle to follow some of his explanations because of the brevity, but the rev ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Malli rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Brian Cox is a worthy successor to Carl Sagan. He is passionate and desperate that the common but motivated reader 'gets it' regarding the creation of the Universe and our place in the cosmos.
Paul O'regan
Aug 04, 2015 Paul O'regan rated it it was amazing
Superbly accessible, brilliantly illustrated and at times mind-blowingly indicative of the sheer size, scale and complexity of our universe.
Laura Crean
Apr 29, 2015 Laura Crean rated it it was amazing
A book that I like to dip in and out of because I love Brian Cox and am interested in the subject. Beautiful book for any family library
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Jay Hall
Feb 23, 2016 Jay Hall rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and informative
John Doyle
Feb 06, 2014 John Doyle rated it liked it
Many stunning facts and descriptions of scale like any book about the universe. Overall, more coffee table book than cosmological primer.
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Brian Edward Cox, OBE (born 3 March 1968) is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. He is working on the R& ...more
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