Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe is a beautifully rendered, educational journey through space narrated by Brian Cox, a British particle physicist with a knack for breaking down the abstruse functions of the universe. It is the kind of app that justifies owning an iPad.
Cox tours the user through all that is, from the unconscionably tiny subatomic particles to the equally mind-numbingly large universe, with a stops at Earth. Released as a tie-in to a print series of books with the same name, Wonders of the Universe brings the reader closer to the quark, and covers astronomical wonders such as Red Giants, Neutron stars and, the frightening, but intriguing Black Hole.
Like many coffee table apps, Wonders of the Universe uses video to entertain and educate. This universal app includes more than two-and-a-half hours of video, though many of the clips are broken into short, easy-to-watch clips. Similarly, the app’s presents complex ideas in bite-sized chunks, which kind of eases the reader in to the subject matter. Relevant and beautiful images punctuate the text.
According to Alex Gatrell, digital publisher for Collins, a the HarperCollins imprint, “Brian Cox’s Wonders Of The Universe app is heaven-sent for fans of astronomy and of Brian Cox, but also meets a growing public thirst for knowledge in the astro-physics field. We’ve set a new frontier for digital publishing by positioning Brian’s written narrative and related BBC video content in a bespoke 3D environment which changes dynamically as you journey deeper and deeper into the realms of the Universe, making for a jaw-dropping product that can be enjoyed on several levels.”
The Verdict: Brian Cox’s Wonders of the World is worth a special trip to Starbucks. Plus, if you hurry, you may still be able to snag a free code for last week’s Pick of the Week, Living Earth – Clock & Weather.