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Wonders of the Universe [Hardcover]

Brian Cox , Andrew Cohen
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3 Mar 2011

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 3D CGI imagery, 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.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007395825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007395828
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 and Wonders of the Universe. He was also the keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.

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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.


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132 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book transmits wonder and curiosity 10 Mar 2011
By D. Lane
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think, with regard to my review title, Brian Cox would be pleased. This book really is superb, it is written with a Childs sense of awe and wonder at the majesty of the world around us. An artist once said that a scientist doesn't see a flower in all it's beauty as if science detracts from the aesthetics of it, Richard Feynman - famous physicist - objected, saying I see the flower and so much more, it's beauty is not diminished with this new understanding. There is a strong thread of pride at the achievements of mankind running through this book, and so there should be! We have done some amazing things, and with equal measure Professor Cox pays homage to those great minds who have unravelled such tantalising mysteries as there are in the world and beyond. I'm a scientist myself but not in this field, I have however been looking at light phenomena and in particular about Fraunhofer lines. Professor Cox has done a brilliant job of explaining simply and in a connected way the light phenomena we experience. This is key to good storytelling that it is connected whilst expanding our view of the world and beyond.
Do yourself a favour, buy this book, get excited and enjoy the ride. The best of human endeavours is paraded before your very eyes, be humbled by it and better yet take part!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blunders of the Universe... 9 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Professor Brian Cox's latest television series "Wonders of the Universe" was received with mixed appraise by the British public. Some found its presentation overly theatrical; others complained of the overblown soundtrack. Admittedly, I found that this follow up series was a little weaker in content than its fabulous predecessor, "Wonders of the Solar System", perhaps because this first series was far more focussed in terms of subject matter. Even so, I enjoyed WOTU thoroughly, and I speak only praise for Brian Cox's presentational style, which, as always, was delivered in an intelligible and enthusiastic manner - two qualities, I feel, that are the makings of good documentary television. Indeed, Brian himself responded to recent viewer complaints by saying: "At the end of the day it's a piece of film on television ... not a lecture" - I couldn't agree more.

As one would expect, the accompanying book is presented in a similar style: it draws on each of the four main themes of the series - light, cosmology, gravity, and time - using the analogies and case studies discussed on film. Though the book expands on this material, it does not go into prolonged or unnecessary detail, so those readers wishing to learn much more about the subjects explored in the tv series should look elsewhere. I, however, have found the book useful as a means of reiterating some of the more complex theories and principles behind cosmology, particularly with regard to particle physics, space-time, and stellar chemistry. The book is coherent and comprehensible, even to those with limited scientific capacity (like me); though I must admit that some of the mathematics and physics of it all was beyond my ability...
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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ordinary person's view 16 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a female pensioner in my 70's and a non scientist(the nearest I came was an O level in geology taken in my 40's) I can't reccomend Professor Brian Cox books and television series enough.I am delighted that he has just won 2 TV awards for his series. Professor Cox is a natural,I would never get bored watching and listening to him,he explains everything so that everyone from the youngest to the oldest can understand.The book is a 'must have'.The presentation and photography is excellent.Well done Brian and Andrew Cohen and thankyou for making the solar systems and universe so interesting.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe here on Earth! 12 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Sequel to the "Wonders of the Solar System" and companion to BBC TV series of the same name, Brian Cox takes us on a personal guided tour from the birth of the Universe to the end of time and beyond. Split into four main chapters Messengers, Stardust, Falling and Destiny, topics include; What is Light?, Time Travel, The Big Bang, Life and Death of Stars, Gravity and Relativity and the ultimate fate of the Universe.

The one thing for which this book stands out from other books of this subject is the way concepts are explained using real analogies here on Earth. This gives a sense of reality and something tangeable to relate to. For example, Brian Cox's explanation of entropy was especially clear using a simple example with sandcastles, a concept not easily understood for the lay-person and even the budding astrophycisist.

My one and only critique is that the style of graphics gives the book a retro 1980's feel... and in fact I felt that I have seen many of the images before in books from that period, although perhaps I am missing the point!

My personal favorite of the two books in the series. Highly recommended.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the TV Series 20 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Enjoying the TV series. However, this gives a lot more detail and information, plus you can absorb some of the ideas at your own pace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Gift 22 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
Purchased this book for my 12 year old daughter who is fascintated by programmes of Brian Cox. I bought this book for her for christmas and I'm sure that I will be enjoying her knowledge of what she reads. Great Book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book of a television series
It certainly presented the series of programmes in an attractive and readable way. The photos and graphics are very good
Published 1 month ago by Godfrey Ackers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview of a Rapidly Expanding Subject!
Although the format seems at first to jump around a little, if you persevere, it all comes together. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Pullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Cox
His my favourite Author of all time & I love to watch him on TV my husband also like to read his books & watch him on TV also we could watch him all day & night too he makes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by carol a thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic, awe inspiring book. Fully embodies the beauty of the universe and gives explanation to it including some wonderful pictures.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift
a lovely hard back book purchased to go with wonders of the solar system they made a great birthday present
Published 3 months ago by mrs joyce poole
3.0 out of 5 stars Like or Dislike ?
Bought this for a friend so can't say "I like it" or not. I like the author's TV program, so I expect the book "friendly" for the reader.
Published 4 months ago by Mr L F Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars new knowledge
I have been watching Prof Brian Cox on the television for some time, cannot get enough of his descriptions of everything on my level, I am a soon to be 71yr old and now understand... Read more
Published 5 months ago by rookie 68
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonders of the universe.
This was a wanted gift. The recipient was very pleased. I have no complaints about the quality of this item.
Published 5 months ago by MRS STEPHANIE STRINGER
5.0 out of 5 stars A good present for Brian Cox fans
A very interesting book that I bought as a present for my husbands birthday. I have not read it but he likes it very much
Published 6 months ago by Patricia DAvies
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book to go with the TV series
Perfect book for those who have watched the 'Wonders' TV series and even for those who haven't. Stunning pictures and Brian Cox has a way of explaining things that even the least... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Hawkes
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