Wonders of the Universe
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"Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we come from? These are among the most enduring and profound questions we can ask, and it is an essential part of human nature to want to find the answers. We can trace our ancestry back hundreds of thousands of years to the dawn of humankind, but in reality our story extends much further back: it starts with the beginning of the universe. Our universe began 13.7 billion years ago, and today it is filled with over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars and a breathtaking array of wonders. In this groundbreaking new series, Professor B Cox tells the epic story of the universe and shows how its story is also our story. "]]>
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Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves.
It looks at the furthest star that we know, which blew up 13.0bn years ago. It looks at the arrow of time which is always moving forward, which he relates to the second law of thermodynamics, entropy always increases, i.e. the tendency to go from order to disorder. He looks at the stelliferous era. The red dwarfs will be the longest lived stars in the universe, because they burn their fuel so slowly. The death of stars will be in a 100 trillion years time, leading to the heat death of the universe when all matter will disappear leaving only photons. However the good news is that the arrow of time gives a point in time (i.e. now) when intelligent life is possible in the universe. He ends with the single pixel picture of earth taken by Voyager.
What are we and where do we come from? Professor Brian Cox finds out.Read more ›
Similarly to Wonders of the Solar System, Wonder of the Universe focuses on familiar subjects and doesn't pretend to teach advanced physics to the audience. It's a show aimed at facilitating understanding of appealing subjects and to initiate the viewer into ideas and concepts that can lead to much deeper - and more interesting - waters.
Professor Cox is a great presenter, as his attitude and general excitement about these subjects is very easily contagious. I suppose he's easy to relate to because he speaks our language - that of the layman - when explaining things that took the greatest scientists in history decades to decipher.
The 4 episodes do a good job at staying within their topics, so an overwhelming number of concepts are not thrown around, which makes these otherwise complicated subjects easy to follow. The second episode - Stardust - is particularly awesome. Even though it's something most people are probably familiar with, it never fails to excite you when you see it presented in such a way. The fact that every atom in my body once exploded from within a star will never bore me :)
My only complaint is that it's only 4 episodes long. The good news? There's a 'Wonders of Life' in the works :)
I found each episode to be thoroughly enjoyable. Professor Cox has a genuine love of science and clearly wants to share it with as many people as possible. He does so in a way that is neither boring or redundant. This is one of the finest series on the universe I've seen. A real fresh approach. I recommend viewing with the lights off for the full experience.
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Loved it. Basic information. beautiful and easy to understand.Published 1 month ago by Sheila Fogelsanger
Disc won't play in my Bluray player. However, it does make an excellent beverage coaster so I gave it two stars.Published 7 months ago by NotSteve
There is something special about Brian Cox's approach to the subject that is hard for me to describe. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven T. Dixon
Absolutely superb. Brian Cox tells a great story. You'll want to watch it over and over again...best I've seen on the universe.Published 12 months ago by STEPHEN FEE