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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series -buy it and keep!, 13 Jun. 2011
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The box set is exactly what is says on the tin: the complete collection of the Solar System and Universe series in one handy package!
I have a feeling that it will be mainly fans of the shows (like me) who purchase this set, but I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about these wonders in an entertaining as well as instructive way. Everyone is talking about Prof Brian Cox and when you watch these episodes, you will know why. He is clearly an expert in his field but it is his engaging manner and the gentle way he explains such complex topics that has won him admiration from so many. Everyone is also talking about the scope of the production, the cinematography and background score etc. Some say this is distracting and unnecessary but I wholly disagree. Science can be deemed such a 'hard subject' and maybe like me you had some scary science teachers at school who took the edge of your sense of wonder and curiosity. If so then you need to buy this set, sit back and enjoy the visual treat that is The Wonders Collection and simply absorb the 'science stuff' with no effort required.
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Initial post: 5 Mar 2012, 20:43:40 GMT
Exactly. That is what Brian wanted to convey in his simple and understandable, but by no means sacrificing the very scientific principles. I didn't know him until just last year when a very good friend of mine phoned me to tell me that there was a programme called "Wonders of the Universe" shown on BBC2 that she knew I was going to like it. Since the very first minutes I was wondering who the hell that guy was. Now I know much more about him. I have bought 2 books written by him and his great colleague at Manchester University, Jeff. That same very good friend of mine, whom I will blame her forever for having introduced me to this ex keyboard player, gave me the third book "Wonders of The Universe".
I had always though that it was going to be extremely difficult to match the best natural scientist documental maker history has ever produced. With all the immense respect and admiration I feel for David Attenborough (which no doubt every single person ion earth would wholeheartedly agree with me) I think Brian Cox will definitely match him in the field of physics. And before we know, he will manage to produce several documentaries easy to digest about that science which very many believe to be utterly complicated and therefore only accessible to genius or nearby. By no means. This is Quantum Physics. A science that only requires us to simply think in a non conventional way about what motion, time and space mean in Classical Newtonian Physics. That's all really. Brian will certainly do that. He will make us to get rid of that false veil which stops us from understanding how matter can really be interpreted. And it does work!
People who are engaged in other disciplines or in none will see that no matters what we may be doing as a hobby, for a living or whatever. For understanding how matter works also includes us and therefore it is as important as anything else we may thing of being also important.
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