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Brian Cox, PhD, is a leading particle physicist and professor at the University of Manchester, as well as a researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. A Royal Society research fellow, professor Cox was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2010. He is the author of Why Does E=MC² and is well known as presenter of the television 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.
I bought this book on an impulse after watching and falling in love with the BBC series on TV. This book, "Wonders of the Solar System," has beautiful imagery, well-designed page layout, easy-to-understand graphics, and an overall high quality. Granted, I bought this book in part due to its graphic design, as this is my profession, but I also bought it to help me better understand space for an exhibit I am working on. The explanations are clear and concise, and the content is written in a way that doesn't require an astronomy degree.
Companion to the highly popular television series which was first aired by the BBC back in 2010, Brian Cox takes us on a personal guided tour from the birth of the Solar System to the far reaches of the Sun's influence and what lies beyond. The book is split into five main chapters which follows the episodes of the TV series; The Wonder (intro), Empire of the Sun, Order Out of Chaos, The Thin Blue Line, Dead or Alive and the final chapter Aliens. Topics include; Historical account of the motion of the planets, The life and death of the Sun, Saturn and its moons, craters on Mercury, the atmospshere of Venus, Jupiter and it's moons, Martian volcanoes and the search for life in the Solar System.
This is not your usual run-of-the-mill astronomy book but then again it was not your usual run-of-the-mill TV series. The planets were discussed from a very different angle and not in the usual order of distance from the Sun, which in my opinion makes it unique amongst books about the Solar System and a refreshing change. What I also like about this book is that concepts are uniquely explained using real analogies here on Earth so it made them easier to understand. There are many images of Brian in various poses, doing things (like wearing solar glasses!) and with various pondering stares across landscapes. The TV series was shot in many exotic locations around the world so you could be forgiven to think that the book is Brian's personal travel photo album! The few critiques I have about the book is that the style of graphics gives the book a retro 1980's feel... I wasn't too keen on the grey background for some of the images, black would have been much better.Read more ›
I just loved this book. I had watched the TV series and the book adds extra dimensions - and has stunning photographs throughout. The origin, journey, and ultimate destiny, of our solar system are well explained and made extremely interesting. Brian Cox's enthusiasm for his subject matter is contagious. Along with 'Wonders of the Universe' and 'Wonders of life', the three volumes make a great set. My advice - get all three series and read all the books. You won't be disappointed.
This is what I all ways saw that Star Trek to be Going where no man has gone, Pro. Cox give us the wonders of how the Solar System works and he is so easy on the eyes. That voice, I hear it in my head when I read because I also have the Blue Rays on this.
Amazing, wonderfull, full of interesting details, charts, facts. Those of you who did not see the BBC series this is a must to read, browse, or just watching pictures. Though, if you just watched, I am sure you would start reading. In-depth information for anybody interested in universe. Of course, not for pro. (Do not buy Kindle edition, the book will loose 50 % of its value without those incredible pictures.)