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

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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 t
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Published October 4th 2011 by Harper Design (first published March 3rd 2011)
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely amazing. I Kinda want to marry him...
Jim Whitefield
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in. —G.K. Chesterton
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Natasha (Diarist) Holme
"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
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a complete amateur like me, no-one can beat Brian Cox in terms of explaining things in an engaging and understandable way. I saw the series on TV a while back and this is well worth reading, as it covers even more material. At times it is a little repetitive but to be honest I did find this helpful as there is just SO MUCH to get your head around otherwise and he does help you connect dots where you might not. I am not naturally a scientist (I am a language graduate with an interest in the a ...more
Bharath Ramakrishnan
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.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

How many times can one person get their face in one book!?
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.
Chris Waraksa
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Horia Calborean
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars for the first part of the book. 5 stars for the last part.
Edwin Ekadu
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma D
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved reading this book, fascinating & I can't wait to read Brian Cox's other books. I learnt so much but feel I know nothing compared to scientists old & new. Even if you only have a slight interest in science, Brian's narrative will get you excited about all things space & time.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space, science, 2016
'Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known'
Carl Sagan
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Forsberg
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David Stoney
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 19, 2013 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
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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David farren
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was bought for me to accompany the t.v series a few years back , as it has been re -shown recently decided to get it out and give the full attention that I did not do first time round , I was not a physics scholar during my schooltime in the 60,s all I can say is if I had a teacher like Cox I would have studied it to A level and beyond probably .This book explains in easy to understand laymans terms the working of the universe , which is an area so vast and so little known that Cox, says we ...more
David Ray
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Dawson
Littered with errors, plus some ambiguous language and occasional poor typography, nevertheless the book is an impressive and ambitious project.

I just wish the authors had had some better proof-readers because the frequent errors really take the shine off this book - and leave me wondering how many errors I'm not seeing but are still there.

Despite this, the text is informative, many of the images are beautiful, and the overall message is inspiring.
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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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