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The Wonder of Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the Man Who Brought Science to the Nation

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Professor Brian Cox is probably the best-known physicist in the world today. As presenter of the hit television series 'Wonders of the Solar System' and 'Wonders of The Universe', his affable charm and infectious enthusiasm have brought science to a whole new audience. This book tells his story.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2012)
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Brian Clegg
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Poor old Brian Cox. Many scientists are already very snippy about his media success – they will be even less delighted to see he now has a biography on the shelves, putting him up against the likes of Einstein, Dirac and Feynman. (Or more accurately the members of One Direction.)

‘But why?’ they will moan. ‘He’s nothing special as a scientist.’ And there they will have missed the point entirely. What is special about Brian Cox, a point this book brings out superbly well, is that he is
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Xanthi
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a bit slow on the uptake, when it comes to Brian Cox - who he is what, what he has done, etc. I'd imagine I'd be a bit more aware if I lived in the UK or was a physics nerd or both. I'm neither. Infact, I am a humanities uni graduate. Science and maths were never my thing. And yet, here I am, totally getting my geek on over what I consider to me one of the hardest sciences to get your head around - physics - all because of this man. Obviously, I am not alone, given the popularity of the man ...more
Steve Cann
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this a very enjoyable read, although, as with any biography, it's not the 'cover star' in their own words (although he is routinely quoted throughout).
The clue I guess is in the title - 'unauthorized biography', but it feels well-researched & not just a cash cow.

The book does however seem to deal more with his adult life (as I guess there is more information to be found here) - and all this is covered well, charting his career as musician, student, physicist and eve
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Phaedra Patrick
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well researched but strangely lacking in photos of Professor Cox's earlier life. He was in a couple of rock bands before he became the nation's favourite scientist - so some images to illustrate this, and his earlier years, would have been interesting and the book misses them being present.

The Professor lived under a mile away from me in Oldham, so I found the local references and place names fun to read about and the first half of the book gets 5 stars from me. The second half of th
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Günter Richter
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Not too bad as a narrative, but all of the author's research is secondary and as such does not really do it for me as a biography. There is absolutely no comparison to something like the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.
Allmec
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Love the subject, but I just didn't get on with the narrative. Sorry
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