Wonders of Life: Exploring the Most Extraordinary Phenomenon in the Universe

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Life

What is Life? Where did it come from? Why does it end?

In this beautiful companion book to the Science series Wonders of Life, professor Brian Cox takes us on an incredible journey to discover how a few fundamental laws gave birth to the most complex, diverse, and unique force in the universe—life itself.

Earth is home to an estimated one hundred million species—yet each one is governed by the same laws. ...

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Overview

Life

What is Life? Where did it come from? Why does it end?

In this beautiful companion book to the Science series Wonders of Life, professor Brian Cox takes us on an incredible journey to discover how a few fundamental laws gave birth to the most complex, diverse, and unique force in the universe—life itself.

Earth is home to an estimated one hundred million species—yet each one is governed by the same laws. Light, gravity, time, matter, and energy are the building blocks of everything, from the smallest microbe to the biggest galaxy. What is true for a bacterium is true for a blue whale. This is the story of the amazing diversity and adaptability of life, told through the fundamental laws that govern it. Through his voyage of discovery, Brian explains how the astonishing inventiveness of nature came about and explores the milestones in the epic journey from the origin of life to modern civilization.

From the vast networks of subterranean fresh-water caverns of the Yucatan peninsula to the unique and precious island of Madagascar, Brian brings readers on a thrilling adventure to the earth's most remote locations, where the wonders of life are on spectacular display. Along the way, the biggest scientific questions are answered: What is life? Where did it come from? Why does it end?

Relying on the latest advances in science as well as the cutting-edge graphics used in the visually stunning bestsellers Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, Brian uncovers the secrets of life in revolutionary detail.

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From the tiniest bacterium to the largest blue whale, every one of earth's one hundred million species is governed by the same rules of life. As a researcher at the history-making Atlas Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, particle physicist Brian Cox possesses very particular knowledge about life at its most elemental levels. His Wonders of Life introduces us to miracles that we never imagined; how, for instance, horses "invented" four legs from fins or the fact that water has both a positive and a negative makes life possible on earth. This abundantly illustrated book raises our consciousnesses on every page. Editor's recommendation.

BrainPickings.com
“A magnificent new book. ... Brian Cox is as close to a Richard Feynman of our time as we can hope to get.”
The Onion AV Club
“With Cox, physics and the wonders inherent in exploring the great beyond are not just rebooted for a new generation, but given an almost breathless exuberance.”
Boston Globe
“The passionate advocate of science education has been hailed in some quarters as the next Carl Sagan. ... The book features striking photography and graphics and accessible prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062238832
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 550,730
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Cox, Ph.D., is a particle physicist, Royal Society research fellow, and professor at the University of Manchester, as well as a researcher on one of the most ambitious projects on earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is perhaps best known as a science broadcaster and host of the hugely popular series Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, and Wonders of Life. He is the coauthor of three companion books to these series, as well as The Quantum Universe and Why Does E = mc2?. In the 1990s he played keyboards for the UK pop band D:Ream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    The Wonders of Life shines with the highest magnitude of profess

    The Wonders of Life shines with the highest magnitude of professionalism on the subject presented embodied within the spirit of humble love toward all things alive that is presented by One who is the Master of it all Brian Cox. Lidia,Chicago

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    i used this for my science fair and it really helped! Thank you!

    i used this for my science fair and it really helped! Thank you!!!!!!!

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