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Wonders of the Universe (DVD)
Wonders of the Universe is a lovely, sometimes surreal journey to the edges of reality and back--and a fully entertaining experience right here on planet Earth. British scientist Brian Cox is a personable host for this BBC miniseries--an enthusiastic teacher who could be Carl Sagan's English offspring. Wonders of the Universe is a follow-up to Wonders of the Solar System, and some of the same territory is covered. But Wonders of the Universe contains plenty of amazing information and visuals in its four episodes. Cox and his producers don't claim to speak to the scientific community (for which he and the series have received some mild complaints) but instead present for the lay audience a basic overview of four pretty giant topics: "Destiny" (the laws of the universe), "Stardust" (how stars and solar systems--and life--are formed), "Falling" (the science of gravity), and "Messengers" (the study of the travel of light, and what might lie beyond the farthest reaches of our knowledge). If the topics are big, Cox's approach is down-to-earth and infectiously captivating. It's hard to imagine a more enthusiastic scientist just brimming with superlatives he wants to share with his audience. The photography, and Cox's travels to little-known ancient ruins around the world where prehistoric peoples built structures to study the stars, are both truly heavenly. Wonders of the Universe makes understanding the barely comprehensible easy and very enjoyable. Great for star watchers of all ages. --A.T. Hurley
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Brian Cox presents it all as a voyage of discovery, showing us at every suprising step that the story of the universe is our own story, directly related to common earthly experience despite the mind-boggling vastness of the cosmos. Above all, he communicates the sense of wonder, both at the grandeur of this vision and at the marriage of imagination and experiment which enables us to become aware of it - for as he says, we are the universe's way of becoming conscious of itself. Cox doesn't have time here for much detail on how the important discoveries in physics were made, or on current controversies in physics, but his personal sense of wonder comes across vividly. At one point while using a picture from Carl Sagan's book Cosmos to explain a concept, he tells us how that book inspired him to become a physicist. Surely young people somewhere will be equally inspired by this series, not only by the clarity of its explanations but also by the sense of wonder it conveys, which is (or should be) universally human.Read more ›
Not only it's interesting but it's incredibly well made.
The quality of information is excellent and all the comparisons from cosmos phenomenon against everyday's life situation are accurate and sometime left you with that weird feeling... the one I call "Geeez...sigh..."
This Documentary is divided in 4 episodes:
1-Destiny: Human life/cycle but on a cosmic scale.
2-Stardust: What are we made of... where we're from?
3-Falling: Gravity...how overestimated yet underestimated force that rule not only earth but the entire universe.
4-Messengers: Believe it or not but we're time travelers... We can't go back to the past...but science allow us to have a glimpse at it.
This Documentary is presented by Brian Cox, an english particle physicist who is absolutely brilliant.
His passion is unquestionable and it kinda rub it off to you which make it even more enjoyable.
The Graphics are gorgeous and the background music is nice... sometime a little on the loud side though.
If you want to watch a documentary with stunning effects, good and passionate story telling that gives you a lot of answers but leaves you with even more questions...this is a must...rent it, buy it or steal it... I don't care... just watch it and enjoy the feeling of how tiny we REALLY are. :)
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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. The account of the nucleosynthesis of the heavy elements in stars and supernovae was fascinating.Read more ›
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Great series of science disks that I can watch many times. Worth owning.Published 11 days ago by R.L.G.
Blu Ray quality is spectacular. If only the story was presented with less pomp and more fact. But that's just my taste. Buy it for the visuals.Published 8 months ago by afimbrog
The content was interesting but really not the best work done by Brian Cox. His science presentations are usually more riveting!Published 22 months ago by Candace Allen
Eloquently and beautifully-presented series that goes back in time in human civilization in different parts of the world to introduce or illustrate concepts and then stimulates our... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2014 by hikerbikerdoc