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Wonders of Life
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
Truly excellent book - very informative and well-written. Contains some witty frases which reflect Dr. Coxs character :-) great companion for the TV series as it breaks everything down. If your not serious about learning though then dont buy it as it does get very technical at times (like the TV series). The book motivates you to look beyond our every-day rhythmical lives and realise how beautiful planet earth really is and how much we all have a common. Well done Dr. Cox and crew!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2013
Often when I enjoy a TV science series I buy the DVD, especially when it's nature and wildlife. But this time I decided to buy the book so that I could try and understand the complicated science at my own pace. But frankly it's not that easy, for someone who didn't take sciences further than 'O' level (even if I did get good marks) back in the sixties, to understand even on paper! But it's a lovely book, well presented, except that I for one got really cheesed off at the enormous no. of pictures of Prof Cox, looking gorgeous as ever, doing nothing but staring into his beloved space. Really, I wanted to buy an illustrated popular science book, not a fan club book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2013
I've been hooked on the "Wonders" series since they first premiered on American television. Since it doesn't look like we will be seeing "Wonders of Life" for a while over here, I had to have the book.

I have to admit that I haven't been through the whole book yet, but that's because there is so much to explore and think about. I'm very much enjoying the reading and the learning.

Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in physics and/or biology as Prof. Cox does a wonderful job of explaining how his love of biology was renewed while researching and filming the "Life" series. Excellent all around!
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on 8 June 2014
I remember reading the chapter of this book where Brian Cox comes closest to explaining how life emerged from a point - or into one - where there was no life before - out of nothing, something. Electricity, the formation of stars, a natural restoration of balance - these and many other things appear to have been essential to the emergence of life. Creative tension between difference could well be the key not only to the emergence of life, but to its perpetuation. You certainly value life in all its diverse forms much more when you realise what it has to do in order to comply with the fundamental laws of the Universe - life should, and should not, be here. And so the fact that life is a paradox itself maybe makes sense.
One jarring note for me is the author's determination to prove the non-existence of a spiritual element to the miraculous emergence and perpetuation of life. In the closing chapter, he shows how the diversity of life is no accident - but rules out the discussion of any spiritual alternative.
Nevertheless, for the extent to which this book opened my eyes, enlightened my mind and stirred my soul, I would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to understand more about the world around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2013
Easy to read science, and for the fans, easy to sigh over! What a star.
If you like the TV series you'll love this, a good easy to read science/life book.
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on 27 February 2013
I highly recommend Professor Brian Cox's latest offering, released 24th January 2013 - `Wonders of Life'. It accompanies the UK TV series of the same name. I read each of the five chapters following watching the TV programme each Sunday evening.

The book not only mirrors the fascinating content of each TV episode but adds much more detail than the one hour TV programme can accommodate. A totally fascinating coverage which includes much more information plus lots of stunning photographs.

Following Cox's `Wonders of the Solar System' and `Wonders of the Universe', this volume, `Wonders of Life', completes a fascinating trilogy, simply explained and beautifully illustrated. All three TV series are now also available to pre-order as a boxed set on DVD. Everyone should watch all of them and read the accompanying books. They are worth every penny. Understanding our solar system, the origin and destiny of the universe and the story of life on Earth is the most wonderful journey we could ever undertake. Magical!

The good thing is, they have just announced a new series which starts filming in July 2013. Hope there will be another accompanying book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2013
As a person who enjoys the planet as we see it, this book helps you to understand how complex the world we all live in is. However, The book is divided into excellent parts which make it all fall into place. A picture paints a thousand words. This book has many illustrations all meaningful, a reference for all lovers of our planet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2013
Excellent read and quality item at a good price. Brian Cox is brilliant and really knows his subject in the book.
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on 25 March 2013
Makes it relatively easy to understand where we are in terms of our understanding of life by treating it as part of the whole of what we know about the universe and in particular physcis and chemistry.

As a lifelong science fan with a A level in Biology and a Science degree I found plenty top admire about this approach to the subject and have found it a great way to introduce science to my children way before they are taught any of this in school but whilst they are however being taught religious nonsense.

Books like this make it easy to see the value of printed books in the Internet age and I will be buying the Blu-ray too.

We need Richard Dawkin's book - The Magic of Reality to be made into a TV show now.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 April 2013
This beautifully illustrated book which accompanies the BBC TV series 'Wonders of Life' gives an exciting and accessible account of how a few fundamental physical laws have given rise to the compexity and diversity of life on Earth.
After a brief but enlightening introduction there follows five engrossing chapters titled 'Home'; 'What Is Life?'; 'Size Matters'; 'Expanding Universe' & 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful'.
Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox confesses that his biology education terminated in 1984 and so had to learn much of the material that appears in 'Wonders of Life'. Despite this, he and co-author Andrew Cohen have created a marvellous book that should inspire a wider interest in the life sciences.
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