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Human Universe - Brian Cox

Paperback Published: 1st August 2015
ISBN: 9780008125080
Number Of Pages: 272

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Human life is a staggeringly strange thing. On the surface of a ball of rock falling around a nuclear fireball in the blackness of a vacuum the laws of nature conspired to create a naked ape that can look up at the stars and wonder where it came from. What is a human being? Objectively, nothing of consequence. Particles of dust in an infinite arena, present for an instant in eternity. Clumps of atoms in a universe with more galaxies than people. And yet a human being is necessary for the question itself to exist, and the presence of a question in the universe - any question - is the most wonderful thing.

Questions require minds, and minds bring meaning. What is meaning? I don't know, except that the universe and every pointless speck inside it means something to me. I am astonished by the existence of a single atom, and find my civilisation to be an outrageous imprint on reality. I don't understand it. Nobody does, but it makes me smile. This book asks questions about our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe. We have no right to expect answers; we have no right to even ask. But ask and wonder we do.

Human Universe is first and foremost a love letter to humanity; a celebration of our outrageous fortune in existing at all. I have chosen to write my letter in the language of science, because there is no better demonstration of our magnificent ascent from dust to paragon of animals than the exponentiation of knowledge generated by science. Two million years ago we were apemen. Now we are spacemen. That has happened, as far as we know, nowhere else. That is worth celebrating.

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Praise for Professor Brian Cox: 'Cox's romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story, too.' Guardian 'He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more professional grasp of the scale of things.' Independent 'If you didn't utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book.' The Times 'Engaging, ambitious and creative.' Guardian 'In this book of the acclaimed BBC2 TV series, Professor Cox shows us the cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.' Sunday Express 'Will entertain and delight ... what a priceless gift that would be.' Independent on Sunday

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Brian Cox raises some interesting ideas, and provides thoughtful and knowledgeable views on whether we are alone in the universe. Great material for discussions with friends.

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The Human Universe is a brilliant book.

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Brian Cox writes a thoughtful and inspiring book about our place as humans in the universe. Notwithstanding it being thought provoking and challenging due to the physics and mathematics at times, it is a beautiful love letter to the human race and a testament to Einstein's words: There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

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ISBN: 9780008125080
ISBN-10: 0008125082
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.27

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Brian Cox

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Professor Brian Cox, OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series Wonders of the Solar System. He was also the keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.

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