Wonders of the Universe

Wonders of the Universe

DVD - 2010
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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. In this groundbreaking new series, Professor Brian Cox tells the epic story of the universe.
Publisher: [England] : British Broadcasting Corp. ; [Burbank, Calif.] : [Warner Home Video], c2010
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780780681354
0780681355
Call Number: DVD 523.12 WOND
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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CdnErin
May 26, 2017

There are several comments on the Brian Cox documentary series, that they show him too much ... if you think about it, ALL the BBC documentaries have a lot of face time with thier presenters -- David Attenborough, for instance.
The thing with Brian Cox is that BC knows darned well that some people will watch just to see him (he was a bit of a rock star in the 80's in Britain), and if that gets them their ratings, and gets more people into science, then mission completed.
I didn't know who he was until I saw Wonders of the Solar System. And yeah, like a few others, I might have a bit of a crush on him too, haha ... BUT, he explains the science in ways that are not only easy to understand, but really gets one excited about the science. And I'm all for that, because knowledge is power, and the world needs MUCH more science & knowledge, and far less "alternative facts" in this day & age!
I've borrowed this one twice now -- it's not as easy to wrap your head around the universe as it is the solar system. He's talking about billions of years in the making, billions of years for the light to reach us from various points in the (observable) universe -- billions of galaxies, each galaxy having millions of stars & solar systems of their own. Then there is the whole "observable universe" thing -- we're only able to see a small portion of the universe with all the advanced technology we have, no matter how many or how big we build the telescopes, we just can't see the whole thing. So all those billions.... are just a small fraction of what is really out there! So it's really more like infinity-billions -- uncountable.
It's amazing.

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adrahotsky00
Jan 28, 2016

The story of the creation and dissolution of the universe according to modern science. Hosted by an English physicist with the ability to make complex principles comprehensible using clear, captivating and memorable examples from various locales here on Earth. I wish this had been available when I was in high school. It might have changed a few things. Recommended viewing for all Earthlings.

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Curiouskind
Nov 14, 2015

Tremendously fascinating. It's true, as others have posted, that it takes a little getting used to all the face time of Brian Cox, but in the end, it seems to work; and then there is the eye candy factor. Chemistry was actually my worst subject -- it gave me nightmares. But Cox's explanation of the beginning of the universe and how these essential elements were formed is clear and easy to follow. I also love how he refers to gravity as a sculptor, which it kind of is. And it's stunning that these scientists can unlock all of these cosmic mysteries when we humans weren't even around, let alone determine the composition of a star, just by the light that it emits as it travels through the cosmos, some 13 billion light years away. What evaded me, however, was that there seems to be some gap in his explanation at the end of the universe's lifespan because there are still photon light that is present, so what happens after that? Nevertheless, bravo to these scientists. This is no small feat.

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joeguy
Jul 21, 2014

Disappointing. I love the subject matter. But this is another series where the 'professor' spends as much time on camera as the subject matter. It's a disappointing trend - an ad for the 'professor' as much as it is a documentary about the cosmos. I bet there are plenty of older, more learned 'professors' who could offer much, much more. It's a shame the way broadcasting has gone - with the icons in the lower corner, the constant advertisements DURING a show, bragging about the next three shows coming up on the channel - and then there are documentaries like this - where the narrator is focused on every bit as much as what's really substantial. Brian Greene, the American Barry Manilow of physicists, did the same thing with 'The Elegant Universe' and 'Fabric of the Cosmos'. But not nearly as bad as this guy. They're trying to create something out of nothing, with these dorks, who aren't nearly as qualified as most other 'professors', trying to be stars. They're brown dwarfs, is what they are. It's about their age and hitting the target audience. I miss the days when you could watch a program - see the pictures and relevant information - and the narrator was rarely, if ever, seen.

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libbidy
Jul 21, 2014

I may have a little crush of Professor Brian Cox because of this documentary... this series is visually captivating with amazing graphics. Professor Brian explains things so that people with little to no scientific background are able to understand what he's talking about. He is passionate about what he studies and he is able to convey and pass that passion along to the viewers. It is well worth your time to watch this!

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21383020221912mc
Jul 05, 2014

I concur. The BBC documentary folk's have created another science masterpiece. Well-paced and thoughtful ( for those that are thoughtful ). Compare this series to similar U.S. attempts. See the difference?

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winston16
Apr 20, 2014

Wondrous indeed! Must-see series for anyone interested in cosmology, astronomy or how we came to be here. Beautifully made and presented.

stembridge Dec 07, 2012

Why are there no holds or comments on this dvd? Wow! A great series. 4 hours on 2 discs...all worth the time to watch it. If you're interested in space, physics, science, or wanting to learn more about this, you will enjoy this. My family watched it all in pindrop silence and my 17 year old son was raving about it afterwards, recommending it to friends.

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Blaine_the_mono
Apr 10, 2012

Another great Brian Cox documentary series

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