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Brian Edward Cox OBE, FRS is an English physicist who serves as professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.
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Kindred
Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Rebecca Wragg Sykes - Oct 27, 2020
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In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the cliché of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don't know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. This book sheds new light on where ...
Brian Cox
Aug 15, 2020
This is indeed a superb book!     source
What Is Real?
The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
Adam Becker - Sep 03, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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"A thorough, illuminating exploration of the most consequential controversy raging in modern science." --New York Times Book ReviewEvery physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's solipsistic a...
Brian Cox
Aug 10, 2019
This great podcast from @seanmcarroll talking to David Albert about the measurement problem in Quantum Mechanics introduced me to a terrific book - What is Real? by Adam Becker. It’s fascinating on the history of QM, Bell’s theorem, Many Worlds ....     source
Life Ascending
The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
Nick Lane - Jun 13, 2010
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Original and awe-inspiring . . . an exhilarating tour of some of the most profound and important ideas in biology.New Scientist Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolutions history by describing its ten greatest invention...
Brian Cox
Jun 20, 2019
@StrongLikeBear @ShalanSharma @Dagk Yes, that’s right. I think it’s correct to say that many biologists (not all) believe the step from prokaryote to eukaryote was highly unlikely. See for example Nick Lane’s Life Ascending - a great book for many reasons.     source
Gravity
An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
James B. Hartle - Jan 04, 2003 (first published in 2002)
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The aim of this groundbreaking new text is to bring general relativity into the undergraduate curriculum and make this fundamental theory accessible to all physics majors. Using a "physics first" approach to the subject, renowned relativist James B. Hartle provides a fluent and accessible introduction that uses a minimum of new mathematics and is i...
Brian Cox
May 22, 2019
@rationalist44 (1) is easy - there are two components, but for distant galaxies the so-called ‘proper motion’ is negligible. (2) You need a little GR. Look up cosmological redshift. The best intro text book in my view is Hartle - the calculation is in section 18.2.     source
Empire of the Clouds
When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
James Hamilton-Paterson - May 01, 2011
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In 1945 Britain was the world's leading designer and builder of aircraft - a world-class achievement that was not mere rhetoric. And what aircraft they were. The sleek Comet, the first jet airliner. The awesome delta-winged Vulcan, an intercontinental bomber that could be thrown about the sky like a fighter. The Hawker Hunter, the most beautiful fi...
Brian Cox
Mar 05, 2018
@thestigmaster And I agree with you on this. There is a great book called Empire of the Clouds which describes how we damaged our aviation industry with a series of short-sighted political decisions in the late 60s and 70s.     source