Wonders of the Solar System Text Only and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$4.34
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by econgo
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Used - Very Good Item is in very good condition but may show some wear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 8 images

Wonders of the Solar System Hardcover – September 30, 2010

23 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, September 30, 2010
$16.49 $4.33

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for Professor Brian Cox's work: 'If you didn't utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book.' The Times 'Engaging, ambitious and creative' Guardian 'In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, Professor Cox shows us the cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.' Sunday Express 'Will entertain and delight ... what a priceless gift that would be.' Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Professor Brian Cox, OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series Wonders of the Solar System. He was also the keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007386907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007386901
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melea on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Peston on March 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erich Mistrik on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Whitefield on February 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
An inspiring, mind-opening book with some truly astounding images. As always, Prof. Cox's style of narration is clear, with his own inimitable enthusiasm, making hard science accessible and enjoyable.

This takes me back to the days of wonder and awe when I studied Astronomy with the Open University.

This book is a treasure trove of astronomical delights.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed Brian Cox's work. His recent visit to Australia inspired me to read one of his books.

I found this book a useful follow up to the TV series. However, the Kindle format has limitations in displaying the illustrations in a book like this, especially the detailed charts & tables.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
We gave this to our grandson for Christmas. I picked it up and read a few pages and found it very interesting. I decided to get the Kindle version and read the whole thing within two days. If you like science, physics and astronomy, you will enjoy this book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?