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Best Astrophysics Series Since Cosmos,
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As the title says, this is by far the best Astrophysics series, in my opinion, since Sagan's legendary Cosmos.
Professor Cox injects a measure of genuine excitement into this series that is seldom seen. He is truly marveled at all these wonders as he explains them, and it is extremely contagious. The topics feel close at hand, and it does a great job transporting you to these places that are 'just around the corner'. Not having to deal with the great distances and unknowns of the universe, but instead focusing on our solar system, the series goes into great detail about our cosmic neighborhood. You will have gained knowledge as never before by the time you're done.
I can't wait for the bluray release to experience this in the best quality possible with my family. Needless to say, i am now a fan of professor Cox' work and can't wait for his follow-up (which is already being filmed!!).
My only complaint is that 5 episodes is not nearly enough, I could have watched another 20!
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2010 5:19:51 PM PDT
L. Segovich says:
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 1:51:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2010 1:57:52 PM PDT
Cox is dealing with 2009 data, Sagan was dealing with 1980 data. That makes a big difference.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 6:18:23 AM PDT
They're completely different. Sagan will probably always be my favorite, but unfortunately, he's not around anymore. Cox could be to science in the 21st century what Sagan was in the 20th. I agree that the BBC makes the best documentaries and that probably helped a lot in WotSS, but you still need someone to present it, and Cox did an amazing job.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2010 6:21:47 AM PDT
Hence why i said 'the best since Cosmos' and not 'the best ever'. :)
Cosmos covered a much bigger spectrum of subjects too. From the history of science, the origins of humankind, everything we knew about the universe at the time and the latest theories of 'everything', to even arts and what the future of humankind might be.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 12:09:46 PM PDT
As a result of this discussion, I did buy Cosmos and watched all 13 episodes, he was pretty good. Cox is a particle physicist, and therefore he writes from a different perspective to Sagan. If Cox does a second series on the universe then we will have 10 episodes, based on 30 years more data than Sagan had.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 2:32:37 PM PDT
I'm glad you bought Cosmos. I think it should be required viewing in science classes the world over.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2010 2:53:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2010 1:37:41 PM PDT
My degree is in physics, Cox is a physicist. So I kinda know where he is coming from. IMHO, if he encourages young people to study physics at university, it is good. Maybe, they become astrophysicists... (when they grow up).
Posted on Feb 11, 2011 3:17:02 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 2:14:01 PM PDT
Mark Victor says:
I think that compulsory science education is the wrong way to get people to get people interested in science. Say instead that NSF funding ought to be used to get copies of these into every public library - since public libraries have run out of funding and can't provide this kind of thing anymore.
Posted on May 8, 2011 7:51:42 AM PDT
Wonders of the Universe [Blu-ray] is out on Aug 30th 2011. I have seen in on TV in the UK and reviewed it.
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