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on 25 January 2013
Received the book today, and as soon as I had unpacked it I couldn't resist the urge to start reading, even though the series hasn't even started yet.
Though I will save reading the book in its entirety until I have seen the whole TV series, I wanted to show my enthusiasm after reading the first couple of chapters here.
Much like the other books in the "Wonders Of..' series, this is a beautifully made piece, with fantastic photography and well designed diagrams together with an actually rather vast amount of information contained within.
The diagrams and examples given flow naturally on the pages and only enhance the clarity of what is being explained.
There is a significant amount of subjects even in the first chapter (Called 'Home'). It deals with evolutionary history, Biodiversity and sunlight, right through to fine detailing about water, light spectra and bacteria. After reading the first chapter, I was quite amazed that these subjects are approached and dealt with in such detail and in such a small amount of pages. I wish that my science textbooks back in school were this informative, clear, well detailed and inspiring.
The book continues on in a similar vein, seamlessly blending subjects and the history behind them without it ever feeling slapdash or clunky.
For laymen such as myself, this book (Like the others) is a triumph for not only what it gives in clear, concise yet detailed information but also in inspiration for the scientifically understood joys and wonders of the solar system, universe and now the world in which we live. Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen have made a wonder of their own in this book and its predecessors.
Whether you are buying this to read before, after or during the series as a companion, or even if you will never see the series, this is a delightful and most worthwhile read whichever way you approach it.
The series looks set to be the most inspiring and informative yet.