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Wonders Of The Universe 1 Season 2011

Season 1
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The universe is almost impossible to comprehend - 13.7 billion years old, 93 billion light years across and filled with over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. Taking science away from telescopes and labs, we travel into the natural world and across the planet on a journey filled with spectacular images of space.

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Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh

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1. Destiny

Brian Cox seeks to understand the nature of time. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth. But as the Earth orbits the Sun, the Solar system orbits the entire Milky Way Galaxy in a cycle that takes a staggering 250 million years to complete.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: July 27, 2011
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2. Stardust

In the second stop in his exploration of the wonders of the universe, Professor Brian Cox goes in search of humanity's very essence to answer the biggest questions of all: what are we? And where do we come from? This film is the story of matter - the stuff of which we are all made. Brian reveals how our origins are entwined with the life cycle of the stars. But he begins his journey here on Earth.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: August 3, 2011
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3. Falling

Professor Brian Cox takes on the story of the force that sculpts the entire universe - gravity. It seems so familiar, and yet gravity is one of the strangest and most surprising forces in the universe. In a zero gravity flight, Brian considers how much of an effect gravity has had on the world around us. But gravity also acts over much greater distances. It is the great orchestrator of the cosmos.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: August 10, 2011
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4. Messengers

In the last episode of Professor Brian Cox's epic journey across the universe, he travels from the fossils of the Burgess Shale to the sands of the oldest desert in the world to show how light holds the key to our understanding of the whole universe, including our own deepest origins. But first we need to understand the peculiar properties of light itself.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: August 17, 2011
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh
Season year 2011
Network BBC America
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By P. D. Worley on January 20, 2014
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Imagine the physics of the universe presented brilliantly from a very human point-of-view. The presenter here must be the most gifted man in the world. Serious, humorous and very enlightening ... combined with beautiful scenery. Excellent four-part series!
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Prof Cox is enthusiastic and strikingly talented at presenting complex ideas in a down to earth, clear way. The series is divided into concepts that are both poetic and relevant to the physics themes: Destiny, Stardust, Falling, and Messengers. These words light up the imagination and I found myself utterly fascinated with the way the stories unfolded. I even understood the science, which is not my strong suit. The use of beautiful natural settings, his easy and personable manner, his clear love for his subject, and the well-written content made these episodes a pleasure. The music and graphics were beautiful as well. I will definitely be watching this series many, many times. I think my favorite was Stardust because it told such a huge story and I had never before had all those pieces of chemistry, astronomy, physics and cosmology put together for me to make a continuum. Brilliant. I looked Cox up and it turns out he has quite the biography, but most relevant is that he holds a chair in Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and works on the ATLAS project at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He's the real deal: enthusiastic, cool, whip-smart, funny, and has a real depth of understanding both of his subjects and of the kind of information non-specialists need to know to make sense of these unfamiliar concepts. Hands down, the best presenter since Carl Sagan, who was the last guy to inspire me about the stars and make me realize how amazing it is that we really are all made of star stuff. Can't wait to see what he does next.
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I ordered this to use in my classroom and was a little disappointed. It is very interesting but the good hard facts and info are embedded in a lot of "fluff." In order to justify spending time on movies in my class I need them to pack a lot of info into short amounts of time and this series didn't fit the bill. If you just love astronomy and beautiful graphics then I would highly recommend this.
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After the very impressive "Wonders of the Solar System" - I was once again amazed at how clear, insightful, humble, and honest this new series is. This is a series bold enough to begin with questions like "Why are We Here?" and "Where Do We Come From?" And unlike many other attempts through history - Dr. Cox does an amazing job of providing real answers.

"We can trace our ancestry back hundreds of thousands of years - but in reality - our story goes FAR further back. Our story begins with the beginning of the universe." With near-religious zeal & charisma Dr. Cox ties the whole universe together in a way a real physicist can appreciate and a way that anyone with child-like curiosity can understand.

Bold subjects like that nature of time in all it's depth & breadth; matter - and where EVERYTHING that exists came from and how it got here; gravity and how it sculpts and shapes everything; and light and how it universally tells us the accurate story of both time & space.

As always Dr. Cox is unabashed about presenting the truth, but humble and respectful of people who do not yet understand.. Creation stories, the beginning of time, ancient beliefs, ancient technology, and a view of the future that extends until the concepts of time & space no longer have meaning.

I personally have degrees in Chemistry & Math - and I was happy to hear (after a small explosion of metallic sodium in water) that Dr. Cox likes Chemistry almost as much as he likes Physics! The science is sound and presented with a level of deep understanding you rarely see on any type of TV programming. I'd love to get the chance to buy a nice shot of whiskey for Dr. Cox some day and share a few moments with such an approachable, ingenious, insightful and thoughtful person!

I heartily recommend this set of films as one of the very best science programming series I have ever seen!
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When I first started watching the first episode, I thought I was going to be bored to death by Prof Cox, but as the episode went on I became hooked on the content and Prof Cox's delivery. This series is fantastic for all ages especially children/teens ready for science. There are great ideas for science projects in these series as well and I aim to conduct a few with my children. My kids find me outside at night gazing at the stars and ask what I'm doing and I tell them I'm waiting for the next super nova. They ask what is a super nova and I tell them they need to watch Wonders of the Universe.
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I love watching shows like this. Though some of the theories and facts can be suspect, out of date, or exaggerated (coming from a science background), the host delivers a very interesting and descriptive image of the universe. The CGI footage, and computer enhancements are top quality, making it a very enjoyable series to watch.
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I love watching space and underwater documentaries while falling asleep. It helps me relax and if I'm going to stare at a box, I'd like to be learning something.
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Almost perfect...the one flaw is stating the definitive heat-death of the universe as fact. Not enough is know about the large-scale structure and fate of the universe to state simply that it's fact, even though any speculation on the subject is in itself fascinating.

I like Brian Cox's narrative style, the photography is breathtaking, and the "cosmic wonder" mood is spot-on. I highly recommend this as a complement to both versions of "Cosmos" (Sagan and Neil DeGrasse-Tyson).
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