The Wonder of Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the Man Who Brought Science to the Nation

The Wonder of Brian Cox: The Unauthorised Biography of the Man Who Brought Science to the Nation

Ben Falk

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1843589532

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Professor Brian Cox is probably the best-known physicist in the world today. As presenter of the hit television series 'Wonders of the Solar System' and 'Wonders of The Universe', his affable charm and infectious enthusiasm have brought science to a whole new audience. This book tells his story.


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website ‘I realised that kids simply weren’t getting to see inside CERN in Geneva owing to the general Swiss fear of small people,’ he said. ‘Well, I like kids – I used to be one – and so I devised a competition where we would place special tickets inside special bars of special chocolate and allow the winners to tour. It was a great success. All the children died in horrific ways – high doses of X-rays, falling in the particle streams, accelerating to near the speed of light,

making of his 2008 Horizons, all about a journey. The second episode was called Stardust and examined many of the ideas he had shared with the makers of Sunshine. It was its own kind of creation story, explaining how humans were made among the stars. Part three – Falling – revisited a familiar topic. Accompanied by a Bobble Head toy of Albert Einstein, Cox explored his predecessor’s Theory of Gravity. To finish, Messengers discussed light and used photon energy as a conduit into the Big Bang. As

to a significant “Brian Cox Effect” encouraging a renewed interest in stargazing,’ said Neil Campbell of It wasn’t the first time that Cox and the BBC had attempted something of this scale and showed how ubiquitous he had become as the voice of science for the broadcaster. Here, he was chosen to lead an astronomy-orientated programme even though his research expertise was within the realm of particle physics. He was no doubt a fan of space, but was not a professional cosmologist

with General Relativity, with mathematical predictions. It is remarkable we’ve been able to predict something so fundamental about the way that empty space behaves. We might turn out to be right.’ When CERN appeared to have fired sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos 453.6 miles from the lab near Geneva to the Gran Sasso laboratory near Rome at a speed faster than the speed of light, it looked as though Cox would have to revise some of his core theories. He had been asked about the possibility

says. ‘They originated in people who were interested in nature and fascinated, and wanted to ask some questions about how the world works. Why are we here? How did we get here? I think it’s important to recognise that there are three types of people and I have time for two of them. There’s people who notice the world is beautiful and interesting, and worth explaining. That can engender a sort of religious feeling in some people. There’s other people who notice that as well and it engenders a

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