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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book for the Public, May 6, 2012
This review is from: Wonders of the Universe (Wonders Series) (Kindle Edition)
Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

"Wonders of the Universe " is the wonderful book that enthusiastically explains the universe by examining the laws of physics here on Earth. What sets this book apart is Professor Cox's innate ability to make the wonders of the universe accessible to the masses and fun to learn. Well known physicist and science celebrity Brian Cox uses the latest in scientific understanding and creative analogies to teach us about our universe. This enlightening 245-page book is composed of the following four chapters: 1. Messengers, 2. Stardust, 3. Falling, and 4. Destiny.

Positives:
1. The innate ability to make science accessible and fun for the masses.
2. Fascinating and ambitious topic in the hands of a master educator.
3. Great use of charts and illustrations to assist the reader. This book is full of awe-inspiring photos.
4. A great explanation of the Big Bang Theory...Bazinga, I'm sorry I couldn't contain myself.
5. Just a great educational tool. Professor Cox uses very creative and practical analogies to explain how the universe works. His boyish enthusiasm is also contagious.
6. Full of fun factoids throughout the book. "We are seeing the sun as it was eight minutes in the past".
7. Physics has never been more fun. This is the kind of book you can give to any layperson to learn about the laws of physics and how it applies: light, sound, speed, heat, etc...
8. The fascinating world of astronomy. Stars, supernovae, black holes, nebulas, oh my...
9. This is an ambitious book that covers so much in less than 250 pages yet does it so well.
10. Great use of converging sciences to explain the universe: chemistry, biology, geology, etc...
11. Many great discoveries and their applications.
12. The four fundamental forces of nature.
13. A great explanation of our understanding of the structure of matter.
14. Fission versus fusion.
15. A fantastic explanation on gravity.
16. Professor Cox takes us on a journey of some of the most unique sites of our planet in order to explain interesting topics of physics.
17. Time like you've never seen before.
18. Laws of thermodynamics.
19. The life cycle of stars. The future of our universe.
20. If you liked the series (can get on DVD) you will love the book.

Negatives:
1. The kindle version suffers from some formatting issues that I understand are being corrected.
2. The book tends to repeat some facts. The number of stars in our galaxy comes to mind.
3. This book is intended for the masses so those in the field will find it quite basic.
4. No formal bibliography or notes section.

In summary, I really enjoyed this book. It's a kind of love affair that I have for science. It's accessible, covers a lot of territory, educational and it's just plain fun to read. The book is full of illustrations and clever analogies that help readers get a grasp of what otherwise are complex concepts. If you are looking for an ambitious yet introductory book on physics, this is the perfect gift. I loved the book and highly recommend it!

Recommendations: "Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier" by Neil deGrasse Tyson, "About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang" by Adam Frank, "Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . ." by Philip Plait, "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100" by Michio Kaku, "A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss, "The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking, "The Age of Everything: How Science Explores the Past" by Mathew Hedman, and "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan.
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