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Wonders of the Universe

(Wonders of Brian Cox #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,245 ratings  ·  100 reviews
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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Jim Whitefield
Aug 18, 2011 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 05, 2013 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
Jul 30, 2012 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
Ming Wei
Another complex issue/topic made to sound simple and very interesting by Brian Cox, another book that really expands your own knowledge, very very interestin all the way through the book, well presented, I am impressed with the book cover, no editorial issues, this books main target audience will be people use to love the UK TV program Sky at night, students studying the universe. It really is an amazing gathering of information, translated into a very easy to read format. Cannot falut the book ...more
Oct 01, 2012 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.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

How many times can one person get their face in one book!?
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonders of the Universe (Brian Cox)
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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.
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
Daniel Winter
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
For someone who is by no means an expert in astronomy this is an excellent book for someone who wishes to learn more about the space that surrounds them. As we look into the skies we see a vast open vacuum, or so it seems. Cox does a brilliant job of describing the beauty and complexity that is up there in a non esoteric way appealing to the everyday reader. He also contrasts the principles of physics with not just phenomena related to space exclusively but touches the surface of phenomena on ea ...more
Noah Goats
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging and accessible, this is a pretty good introduction to the past present and future of our universe. It’s a tie in with a BBC tv show (which I have not seen) and this fact distorts the book in odd ways. For tv the author needed to make sure he had interesting images of places around the earth so that viewers had pretty things to look at. This may have made sense for tv, but these bits feel a little forced into the book. On the other hand, this book is packed with gorgeous pictures of spac ...more
May 01, 2012 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
Jack Barten
Apr 15, 2013 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
Dec 28, 2013 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
Natasha Holme
Jul 17, 2014 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
Apr 09, 2015 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.
Feb 19, 2013 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Ryan Finlayson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good! Learned a lot about the universe, descriptive pictures are beautiful :)
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, space
Like the other books in the series I really enjoyed reading this one. It went a bit further and deeper into things than wonders of the solar system and wasn't as fragmented.

Brian Cox explains how events in the cosmos relate to events on Earth such as how a star turning into a black dwarf is similar to a 100 year old ship rotting away rotting away in a desert. I enjoyed these examples however I did think sometimes that there was too much, when I want to read a book about the universe and the phys
Chris Waraksa
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
Nice collection of interesting bits about cosmology and science. I picked it up from the library to try and catch up on what is commonly known now that wasn't known in the 1980s when I last took a physics class. The book has a nice format of bite-sized articles about scientific concepts that are really quite interesting. Text and illustrations are both very accessible. I enjoyed the bit that explains what a rainbow is and all of the discussion of the birth and death of stars. 100 billion galaxie ...more
Jason Cox
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book that gives a brief tour of some of the wonders of the universe and explains things at the level of a non-scientist. Excellent photography. With each concept he explains, he tries to tie it with something he has experienced in travels here on earth. (I thought much of that aspect was a bit hokey and felt like an excellent excuse to travel to some pretty exotic locations and deduct the trips... not that there's anything wrong with that!).

If you have an interest in science but don'
Trevor Rolls
Provides an excellent overview of secular sciences centering around physics, astronomy, and cosmology. Note: if your worldview and maturity level has you in a place where you cannot handle reading works from a person who holds a naturalistic (Darwinian evolution) worldview, you will be pressed at times. All in all, however, if you are interested is science, physics, and cosmology, this is a good place to start. I read it as an entry level textbook for a cosmology course along with Kyle Greenwood ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book is as the title describes, about wonders of the universe. While there was interesting information, I felt the explanations could have been better. Also, some of the writing seemed muddled and could have been improved. The travelogue, while interesting, seemed out of place. The book was decent, but could have been better.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect place to start if you're interested in studying Astronomy, Astrophysics and/or Cosmology. The author explains everything clearly with beautiful images and easy to understand diagrams and charts. This is a very approachable book and I can not recommend it enough. I highly recommend giving this book a try.
kevin john westwood
Out of this worlld

A ducking wonderful and enthralling read. It was just packed full of fascinating predictions can't wait to see the last perfect sunrise before I depart to the nearest red dwarf

Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written and full of beautiful images and diagrams. This book is full of information, but it is really accessible and simple to understand.
This book has many different areas included and is a good start if you want to learn more about the Universe and is a good starting point for a lot of different areas if you don’t know a lot to begin with.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Value of Wonder...
"I cannot emphasize enough my strong conviction that exploration, both intellectual and physical, is the foundation of civilization."

Brian Cox's delivery of the Universe is beautifully told and illustrated.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You're an amateur fascinated with universe? You want to have a go at understanding how it all goes? Get this book and dive in. It has pictures!

I was really surprised how nicely it was written - meaning that even a physics dummy like me could understand the concepts.
Edwin Ekadu
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I learned agreat deal from this book about the Universe than from anything else I have read.
amazing book you should read if you want to take a trip around Earth and the rest of the cosmos
Horia  Calborean
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 stars for the first part of the book. 5 stars for the last part.
Hitesh Bansal
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
amazing ride.... explained every concept in the most easiest of ways....
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Not to be confused with actor [Author: Brian Cox].

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, nea

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