Wonders of the Universe by Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen

Wonders of the Universe

By Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen

  • Release Date: 2011-03-03
  • Genre: Physics
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Recommended for viewing on a colour tablet.

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.

13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light years wide. 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 to us and impossible to understand, but away from the telescopes, the labs and the white coats, Professor Brian Cox uses the evidence found in the natural world around us to explain its simple truths.

The same laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied in the Universe. Using his expert knowledge and his infectious enthusiasm, Professor Cox shows us that if we can understand the impact of these governing laws on Earth it will bring us a step closer to an understanding of our Universe.

Reviews

Praise for Professor Brian Cox’s previous books:

‘If you didn’t utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book.’
The Times

‘Engaging, ambitious and creative’
Guardian

‘In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, Professor Cox shows us the cosmos as we have never seen it before – a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.’
Sunday Express

‘Will entertain and delight … what a priceless gift that would be.’
Independent on Sunday

About the author

Professor Brian Cox, OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series ‘Wonders of the Solar System’. He was also the keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.

Reviews

  • Mind blowing

    4
    By Cashierno3
    At several stages, whilst reading, I had to break from the book to take in what I had read. Some of the content is written at a level beyond my comprehension. Maybe an idiots guide would help... I’m no scientist. However, this book has extended my knowledge no end. Professor Brian Cox has always been a man I have enjoyed listening to. A thoroughly enjoyable read. One I would highly recommend. Just be prepared to have your mind blown!
  • Mr

    5
    By Rentboy2025
    A very good book that professor cox makes very clear and easy to understand..a must buy...
  • Error

    1
    By Dan over
    The first page states that the universe is 45 billion light years across when it is actually 93 billion light years across like stated in the hard back book.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Roy Javaman
    Having missed the tv series this book gives an excellent grounding in the basic laws governing the universe. It is flowing in it's presentation and although the justified points made by others (excessive use of the word beautiful, key points repeated frequently, rather odd use of photographs) can be mildly annoying, the overall ability of the text to educate by use of easy to grasp everyday observations is superb. I now consider myself an embryonic cosmologist and can envisage standing between Mr Cox and Mr Higgs at a cocktail party and being truly interested in having them explain to me where they think the order came from in the early universe..... We all gain our education as a life long accumulation of knowledge, gleaned from disparate sources; my only exposure to the second law of thermodynamics hitherto, was in the Flanders and Swann song of the 1960's and I was delighted to see that it was indeed correct. This book is a hugely valuable source of fundamental facts and draws one into total agreement with the final thrust; we are truly gifted to be in the right place at the right time to enjoy this brief flash of light between the darknesses. Apart from a long list of typos (are these only in the digital version?), a sentence that changes from two and a half million to two and a half billion, and a diagram that labels hydrogen and helium atoms the wrong way round, this is a cracking read. When the next one reaches draft stage I would be delighted to proof read it before publication. For free!
  • Sydham23

    3
    By Sydham Farmer
    Confusing pictures and text when on iPad. Cox is on an ego trip with his photographs and he must stop using the word "beautiful" at every opportunity. A lot of repetition of key facts.
  • Wicked

    5
    By By Uthman
    Very accurate. All about space and time and just very interesting

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