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Forces of Nature Audiobook

Forces of Nature

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Publisher's Summary

A Sunday Times best seller.

A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking audiobook accompanies the BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.

'What is motion?'

'Why is every snowflake different?'

'Why is life symmetrical?'

To answer these and many other questions, Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond.

From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday and approach the universe beyond.

Forces of Nature takes you to the great plains of the Serengeti, the volcanoes of Indonesia and the precipitous cliffs in Nepal to the humpback whales of the Caribbean and the northern lights of the Arctic. Brian will answer questions on Earth that will illuminate our understanding of the universe.

Think you know our planet?

Think again.

©2017 Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"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)

"Engaging, ambitious and creative." (Guardian)

"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)

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    Philomath 06-13-17
    Philomath 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Complicated in its simplicity"

    Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen have the ability to explain science in a fashion that still maintains depth, yet you don't need to be a scientist to understand it. This is simpler said than done, specially when you explain all of what is out there from its simplest components.

    The authors passion is carried vividly in this book, that even the few equations that are provided sound like poetry.

    This book is not too simple, but definitely a gem. It is yet another up to date explanation of science in the cutting edge, where progress is moving faster than books can be written.

    Highly recommended for those who want to be informed of where we are and are willing to strain their mind just a little, the lovers of science.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharey 08-02-17
    Sharey 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Good"

    You will need to engage your brain to follow these complex concepts, so do not expect an easy listen. That said, once you have shifted gear to listen very intently, West will carefully deliver Cox's fascinating explanations of the forces of nature to the average person who is not well-versed in physics. If you are, however, this book may be too elementary for you and you might find this book too pedestrian. If you do get in over your head, just listen and pick up what you can!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Great and powerful IDE 07-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "good read nice examples"

    Brian Cox is a great job of making complicated things easier to understand by using great examples that are very relatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chip C. 07-13-17
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    "And I thought I had read it all ..."

    No, I hadn't. I also thought I knew most of the basics of this physics, astronomy and other natural sciences stuff. I didn't. This is a very well written and narrated book. A fun listen! Particularly for the price.

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  • Andrew Christopher Parr
    8/2/17
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    "Brilliant."

    Beauriful, brilliant and awe inspiring. A accessible and magnificent read. Highly Recomend this to anyone, even if science doesn't interest you.

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  • Ciderman
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    8/1/17
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    "Something between my ears hurts.
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    Cox & Cohen have written another brilliant book getting across complex ideas in a relatively simple way. Samuel West's narration was 1st class helping the science sink in. I may need to listen once again to get all of concepts but this will hardly be a chore. If you're even vaguely interested in why stuff is how it is then you should give this book a go.

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  • Stop the lights
    7/31/17
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    "great book"

    I really enjoyed this.

    For all of us who still wonder how things work but we left physics and chemistry behind when we left secondary school this is a great book.

    Enjoying also is the fact that Cox reminds us of his music background. so it's not just another anorak bleeting out endless theories and equations that Joe blogs can't fathom. He reminds us he's one of us.

    might just listen again ! ! !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arnaud_UK
    7/18/17
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    "Sciences for scientists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Forces of Nature to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the printed version. I really enjoyed listening to Dr Cox book. Maybe if there are some diagrams or the Mathematical equations written down in the book it would help sometimes but overal, having the adio version allows your mind to picture what he is talking about instead of focusing on the reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forces of Nature?

    It's a very technical book and that's precisely why I loved it. <br/>Understanding why planets are shaped like a sphere and why some planets or galaxies are shaped like disks was very interestinig. More day t day concepts like a snow flake or the tides, are also great to cover.


    What about Samuel West’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed his pace, voice, tone. perfect to me


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    coming to explain basic day to day like the snow flakes or tides is brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book if you do not have a mininmum of<br/>1) scientific background<br/>2) visual mind to picture what he is talking about when he refers to objects in movements, rotations, ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mahabibi
    4/14/17
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    "As always understandable science"

    A well written book with light entertainment value while adding to knowledge of our universe. Thank you.hari

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Worsley, United Kingdom
    4/12/17
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    "Excellent book and narrator"

    This is the third of Prof Cox books on audible that I have listened to. Samuel West narrated.

    It's a superb combo. Great writing and delivery.

    Can't recommend this passionate science book enough.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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