Putting Brian Cox’s sweeping storytelling abilities front and centre, The Planets is a history of our immediate universe that reads like an epic novel. With the aid of regular contributor Andrew Cohen, Cox paints a picture of the rise and fall of interstellar bodies and the grand narrative of the cosmos, in this lavishly produced publication.
Following their previous hits Human Universe and Forces of Nature, Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen reunite for The Planets, a sweeping, stellar investigation to the worlds we share in our solar system. Drawing from the very latest research from an armada of probes exploring our planetary neighbours, The Planets sets out the dynamic history and present of our immediate universe.
What emerges is a dramatic tale of planetary siblings. Born from violence, they grow up together, in time becoming living, breathing worlds, only to fade away one by one as they age. Along the way we will meet all eight of the major planets, plus a supporting cast of moons, asteroids and comets, and a mysterious as yet unseen world way out beyond the Kuiper belt.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 1650 g
Dimensions: 286 x 246 x 25 mm
'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.' - The Guardian
'He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more professional grasp of the scale of things.' - The Independent
'If you didn't utter a wow watching the TV, you will while reading the book.' - The Times
'Engaging, ambitious and creative.' - The Guardian