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I have not seen the television series that goes along with this, but now I'd like to. I now want to read all of the other books in the series as well. This was highly readable and illuminating. Very good for casual observers like myself who like to know about things but have trouble wrapping their heads around the big concepts of what it means to life in an infinite universe. Feb 12, Gareth rated it really liked it Shelves: science , space. I enjoyed reading this book and it had some brilliant sections in it, however I felt it was a bit fragmented. It didn't seem to flow as good as human universe or forces of nature and it felt like it was more of a collection of small articles that had been collected into a book.
Don't get me wrong it is still very interesting and the sections themselves are very well written and researched but as a whole it didn't flow as well as his other books. That aside though, the content is really interesti I enjoyed reading this book and it had some brilliant sections in it, however I felt it was a bit fragmented. That aside though, the content is really interesting and Brian Cox does a very good job of first identifying places on Earth that are peculiar and then showing you somewhere in the universe that matches this peculiarity and how scientists have used this to explore the solar system through photos and light.
There is a heavy emphasis on finding life on other planets which is linked very well to places on Earth such as our caves and I've caps and how we've seen things in these which we are now seeing on other planets and moons such as Mars and Europa. Still a very good read and definitely worth picking up if you're into the solar system or just Brian Cox books in general.
Lots of photos of power stances too Layout spoiled it totally The basic content was awesome, without doubt worth 5 stars, BUT there were so many layout issues that it became impossible to read. In the end couldn't get to the list of cross references fast enough. The only way to find a cross reference was to do a search for it manually.
All in all very disappointing. May 20, Lucy rated it it was amazing. This is such a lush book, its so informative and its shown in such a great way, I can hardly not love it. Its obviously had a lot of time invested in it and the diagrams and photos really help it to be less of an information block and it becomes super interesting and easy to learn from.
Aug 13, Raymond rated it really liked it. This was an excellent book on the Solar System and the Universe in general. Again Cox and Cohen provide excellent facts about our little patch of the Milky Way in a way that can be read by anyone. The mathematic formulae are plainly shown and the reader is encouraged to test the formulas themselves. Fascinating reading. Oct 16, Ryan Finlayson rated it it was amazing.
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Very informative. Very good diagrams and explanations of the fascinating events which occur throughout the solar system. Oct 17, Julie Huddle rated it it was amazing. An overview of our current knowledge of the Solar System conveyed with text and beautiful photos. It made me want to see the BBC series it is based on. May 19, David Stoney rated it it was amazing. Although it's been an interesting read so far, unfortunately it uses the same device as the TV series to explain various concepts.
Whilst this may be useful on occasion, unfortunately I found the TV version images to be more like a travelogue and the images were too distracting from the concepts being explained. It seems that Prof. It's almost as if they don't trust us to be able to understand the concepts being explained for further proof just look what they did to anything with maths, or chemistry and poor old Prof.
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Cox are a fascinating read Not only do I love science but I also love Brian Cox. I watched the series before reading the book and I knew as soon as I heard of it's release that I'd want to own it! I was more than happy then when my sister got it for my birthday a few years ago XD Reading the books feels like you're actually just having a conversation with the man himself about our solar system. Everything is explained clearly and often with illustrations which help a great deal when trying to grasp some of the more difficu Not only do I love science but I also love Brian Cox.
Everything is explained clearly and often with illustrations which help a great deal when trying to grasp some of the more difficult concepts. It's a truly fascinating read that seems to bring you on a journey of what is around is and of what is so far away that it's almost hard to comprehend. What I also love about this book is the obvious, almost childlike wonderment that Brian Cox portrays in this book. You really can't go wrong with this book! Dec 28, Chris rated it really liked it. I got this book a couple of years back as a gift from my parents and never really bothered to read it until, how cliche, my interest for space was sparked again by the movie Interstellar.
This is a wonderfulful book about all the weird and stunning things our solar system has to offer. The text is halfway between scientific descriptions of what is going on and beautiful prose. At times I wished the explanation would be a bit more physical and mathematical, but I know that would have compromised t I got this book a couple of years back as a gift from my parents and never really bothered to read it until, how cliche, my interest for space was sparked again by the movie Interstellar.
At times I wished the explanation would be a bit more physical and mathematical, but I know that would have compromised the accessibility of the book for a lot of people. The real beauty of this book is the curiosity for all things around us that really shines through the pages and that is what makes it so nice to read. Also, lot of pretty pictures :P One of the greatest books I have ever read. The sheer magnificence of the wonders of our solar system fills my heart with humility and fascination.
The universe is a cold and a barren place, yet, from the nothing we became and flourished. We overcame impossible odds and survived. Life, overpowered the hostile conditions of our universe and evolved. The authors simple way of explanation captivates the readers, transporting them millions of kilometers away from home and into other worlds of stunni One of the greatest books I have ever read. The authors simple way of explanation captivates the readers, transporting them millions of kilometers away from home and into other worlds of stunning wonders then back to our own astonishing planet.
The book has left a great impact on the way I view my home planet and my place in it, and moreover, the universe and it's infinite wonders. I Can't recommend reading it enough. Aug 23, Xanthi rated it really liked it. I watched the series before reading the book and found that worked well for me. The book is not super technical but for someone like me whose knowledge about astrophysics is pretty limited, I found the 'show me' aspect of the DVD easier to follow than the 'tell me' of the book.
The book is full of large, colourful illustrations and photographs. The text is interesting and informative and not at all dry or overly complicated. I certainly learnt much about our own planet and others, and about astr I watched the series before reading the book and found that worked well for me. I certainly learnt much about our own planet and others, and about astronomy in general, from reading this book. If you read this book but haven't seen the series, I can highly recommend that you seek it out and watch it.
Brian Cox is a very cool physicist and presenter, and obviously has a passion for science.
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Jan 08, Joel Murray rated it it was amazing. Brian Cox does a great job of taking the facts and discoveries, and then highlighting the wonder in it. It's a fantastic blend between scientific and poetic. I probably enjoyed the Wonders of the Universe more, because the subject matter is so much bigger. However, this book shows that between our planet and the entire universe there's a whole lot of excitement there to discover in our own "backyard". Our solar system is so much more than a bunch of rocks and gas revolving around a star.
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This images in this series of books really are quite beautiful. It highlights that the solar system is an amazing place and I'm sure we've only barely scratched the surface. Oct 27, Thomas Ray rated it it was ok. On the whole a bit low on content, high on words. Good photos. I could easily give the book itself the full five stars. The content is as engaging as it is informative Andew Cohen takes you on a journey exploring the solar system making you want to learn more.
I've taken away one star due to the limitations of the basic kindle reading device and some little formatting quirks. For starters, while I'm a big fan of the kindle, this book is one of those where you really wish you had a vibrant color screen to enjoy the photos with. In terms of formatting, there are the occasional captions or excerpts which seem to appear in the middle of the normal text. Dec 28, Andrew rated it it was amazing. This book it was intended to accompany the BBC TV series are fascinating windows on to a subject which although is very visible and accessible is still bewildering and in some cases a little intimidating.
The book takes you on a tour of a number of subjects showing lavish images from the latest at the time of going to press at least developments and discoveries. If there was ever a book to fire the imagination and get someone interesting in the science and wonder of the solar system this is This book it was intended to accompany the BBC TV series are fascinating windows on to a subject which although is very visible and accessible is still bewildering and in some cases a little intimidating. If there was ever a book to fire the imagination and get someone interesting in the science and wonder of the solar system this is certainly as good a point to start as any.
Jan 06, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: science. Brian Cox's Wonders of the Solar System has been one of the most enjoyable series in recent years. The joy in his work comes across in this book but it doesn't quite compare with the schoolboy-on-xmas-day like joy you see in the TV series when he explains a new topic. The series and this book present space exploration in a wonderfully accessible way for everyone which I believe makes Brian the Carl Sagan of our generation.
Feb 08, Jim Whitefield rated it it was amazing. I just loved this book. I had watched the TV series and the book adds extra dimensions - and has stunning photographs throughout.
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The origin, journey, and ultimate destiny, of our solar system are well explained and made extremely interesting. Brian Cox's enthusiasm for his subject matter is contagious. Along with 'Wonders of the Universe' and 'Wonders of life', the three volumes make a great set.
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My advice - get all three series and read all the books. You won't be disappointed. Excellent book, just not suited to a e-ink type e-reader. No colour pictures, many pictures are too small to see properly, and the staggered nature of different blocks of text make it annoying to read on the likes of my Kindle Paperwhite. I feel this is something that Amazon should look at, these books are often more expensive than the paper alternative due to VAT, and really ought to be reworked to make them more readable. Apr 25, Meg Meiss rated it it was amazing.
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