Book Review: Wonders of the Universe

Book Review Wonders of the Universe Brian Cox Andrew CohenAuthors: Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen

Current poster-boy of popular science Professor Brian Cox accompanies his BBC TV documentary series, another pop-corn exploration of space, with this book. Beyond the Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe throws all the biggest numbers it can at you: 13.7 billion years old, 93 billion light years wide, 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.

If you saw the series, the pictures – real astronomy and some CGI marvels – will be familiar, as will the globe-trotting location photos of natural and man-made phenomena here on Earth, with which Prof. Cox illustrates from down here all those big occurrences Out There. …

Review: BBC Horizon – The Hawking Paradox

BBC Horizon The Hawking ParadoxIt took me a while to catch up with this documentary, the BBC being what it is, randomly burying shows then randomly repeating them, sometimes with or without iPlayer.

This edition of the always-worthy Horizon popular science show contains two paradoxes; that of Professor Stephen Hawking’s greatest mistake, along with his great self-correction; and in the potted history of Hawking’s life, the paradox of Hawking’s place in science… …