Wonders of the Universe

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Experience our universe as you've never seen it before

13.7 billion years old. 93 billion light-years across. 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 on Earth to brilliantly explain the truth of the cosmos.

Professor Cox will show how the vast and unfathomable phenomena of deep space can be explained, and even experienced, by re-examining the familiar here on Earth. He is determined to answer the most profound questions we can ask about ourselves and the world in which we live, but in a uniquely understandable way. The 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.

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Brian Cox, Ph.D., is a particle physicist, Royal Society research fellow, and professor at the University of Manchester, as well as a researcher on one of the most ambitious projects on earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is perhaps best known as a science broadcaster and host of the hugely popular series Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, and Wonders of Life. He is the coauthor of three companion books to these series, as well as The Quantum Universe and Why Does E = mc2?. In the 1990s he played keyboards for the UK pop band D:Ream.

Andrew Cohen is head of the BBC Science Unit and the executive producer of the Discovery Science series Wonders of Life. He began his career in science broadcasting and has been responsible for a wide range of science documentaries, including Horizon, Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, and Stargazing Live. An honorary lecturer in life sciences at the University of Manchester, he lives in London with his wife and three children.

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Publisher
Harper Collins
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Published on
Oct 4, 2011
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780062115614
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Astronomy
Science / Physics / Astrophysics
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