22.12.2011 1

Brian Cox “A Night with the Stars”

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A Night with the Stars ist das jährliche BBC Special und Schulstunde zugleich mit Brian Cox, der für eine Stunde zusammen mit Simon Pegg, Jim Al-Khalili und einigen weiteren bekannten BBC-Gesichtern auf seine fesselnde und verblüffend einfache Weise die komplexe Welt der Quantenphysik erklärt und z.B. die Leere eines Atoms anhand eines schwingenden Seils veranschaulicht wobei sich Herr Pegg natürlich diverse Wortwitze nicht verkneifen kann.

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics.

With the help of Jonathan Ross, Simon Pegg, Sarah Millican and James May, Brian shows how diamonds – the hardest material in nature – are made up of nothingness; how things can be in an infinite number of places at once; why everything we see or touch in the universe exists; and how a diamond in the heart of London is in communication with the largest diamond in the cosmos.

Hier die HD-Version auf der BBC-Seite (hierfür empfehle ich das Stealthy-AddOn)

29.03.2011 0

BBC-Doku: Wonders of the Universe – Episode 4 – “Messengers”

Hier nun wie angekündigt die letzte Episode der großartigen BBC Doku-Reihe “Wonders of the Universe” mit Brian Cox, der uns im großen Finale auf die lange Reise des Lichtes mitnimmt, dem Leuchten der Geburt unseres Universums auf die Spur geht und den Quantenfluktuationen die unser Leben ermöglicht haben, sowie dem Sinnesorgan das uns all diese Erkenntnisse erst ermöglicht hat.

In the last episode of Professor Brian Cox’s epic journey across the universe, he travels from the fossils of the Burgess Shale to the sands of the oldest desert in the world to show how light holds the key to our understanding of the whole universe, including our own deepest origins.

To understand how light holds the key to the story of the universe, you first have to understand its peculiar properties. Brian considers how the properties of light that lend colour to desert sands and the spectrum of a rainbow can lead to profound insights into the history and evolution of our universe.

Finally, with some of the world’s most fascinating fossils in hand, Brian considers how but for an apparently obscure moment in the early evolutionary history of life, all the secrets of light may have remained hidden. Because although the universe is bathed in light that carries extraordinary amounts of information about where we come from, it would have remained invisible without a crucial evolutionary development that allowed us to see. Only because of that development can we now observe, capture and contemplate the incredible wonders of the universe that we inhabit.

Nach dem Klick gibt es dann eine Liste aller bereits ausgestrahlen Episoden über die ich hier bereits berichtet hatte … weiter.

21.03.2011 0

BBC-Doku: Wonders of the Universe – Episode 3 – “Falling”

Gestern lief die dritte Episode der fantastischen Doku-Reihe “Wonders of the Universe” mit Brian Cox, die heute jemand ins Netz geladen und zum Ende dieser Folge einen wahrhaft Sagan’schen Moment erlebt, wenn Prof. Cox darüber spricht wie Gravitation und die Einstein’sche Relativitästheorie die wahre Schönheit der Wissenschaft offenbaren.

In the third episode, Professor Brian Cox takes on the story of the force that sculpts the entire universe – gravity.

Gravity seems so familiar, and yet it is one of the strangest and most surprising forces in the universe. Starting with a zero gravity flight, Brian experiences the feeling of total weightlessness, and considers how much of an effect gravity has had on the world around us.

But gravity also acts over much greater distances. It is the great orchestrator of the cosmos. It dictates our orbit around the sun, our relationship with the other planets in our solar system, and even the way in which our solar system orbits our galaxy.

Yet the paradox of gravity is that it is actually a relatively weak force. Brian takes a face distorting trip in a centrifuge to explain how it is that gravity achieves its great power, before looking at the role it plays in one of the most extraordinary phenomena in the universe – a neutron star. Although it is just a few kilometres across, it is so dense that its gravity is 100, 000 million times as strong as on Earth.

Over the centuries our quest to understand gravity has allowed us to understand some of the true wonders of the universe, and Brian reveals that it is scientists’ continuing search for answers that inspires his own sense of wonder.

Youtube-Playlist: BBC-Doku: Wonders of the Universe – Episode 3 – “Falling” Hier die vorherigen Episoden.

07.03.2011 4

BBC-Doku: Wonders of the Universe – Episode 1 – “Destiny”

Gestern feierte die erste Episode “Destiny” der BBC-Doku Wonders of the Universe über die Zeit mit Ausnahmephysiker Brian Cox noch Premiere und heute hat sie schon jemand bei Youtube hochgeladen. Hier mal die Synopsis der Episode:

Having explored the wonders of the solar system, Professor Brian Cox steps boldly on to an even bigger stage – the universe.

Who are we? Where do we come from? For thousands of years humanity has turned to religion and myth for answers to these enduring questions. But in this series, Brian presents a different set of answers – answers provided by science.

In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth. But even the most epic cycles of life can’t begin to compare to the vast expanse of cosmic time.

For instance, just as the Earth orbits the Sun, the solar system orbits the entire Milky Way galaxy. This orbit takes a staggering 250 million years to complete.

Ultimately, Brian discovers that time is not characterised by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of a glacier, to the decay of an old mining town, the ravaging effects of time are all around us. The vast universe is subject to these same laws of change. As we look out to the cosmos, we can see the story of its evolution unfold, from the death of the first stars to the birth of the youngest. This journey from birth to death will ultimately lead to the destruction not just of our planet, but also the entire universe, and with it the end of time itself.

Yet without this inevitable destruction, the universe would be without what is perhaps the greatest wonder of all; the brief moment in time in which life can exist.

BBC: Wonders of the Universe Episode 1 “Destiny”


06.03.2011 1

Doku-Trailer: Wonders of the Universe

Oh stark! Die BBC hat sich wieder Brian Cox ins Boot geholt um mit ihm zusammen nach Wonders of the Solar System eine weitere Serie über unser Universum und seine Mysterien zu drehen. Sendestart von Wonders of the Universe ist heute abend auf BBC. Mal sehen, vielleicht haben wir ja Glück und die Folgen tauchen wieder mit etwas Verzögerung im Netz auf. Der Trailer sieht schon mal exzellent aus.

Ultimately, Brian discovers that time is not characterised by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of a glacier, to the decay of an old mining town, the ravaging effects of time are all around us. The vast Universe is subject to these same laws of change. As we look out to the cosmos, we can see the story of its evolution unfold, from the death of the first stars to the birth of the youngest. This journey from birth to death will ultimately lead to the destruction not just of our planet, but also the entire universe, and with it the end of time itself.

via geekmom

08.04.2010 1

BBC-Doku: Wonders Of The Solar System – Episode 5

Und hier ist er nun der fünfte und somit letzte Teil der fantastischen BBC-Doku Wonders Of The Solar System mit dem Titel “Aliens” wieder einmal begleitet durch den Ausnahme-Physiker Dr. Brian Cox, welcher derzeit am LHC dem Big Bang auf der Spur ist.

Brian descends to the bottom of the Pacific in a submarine to witness the extraordinary life forms that survive in the cold, black waters. All life on Earth needs water so the search for aliens in the solar system has followed the search for water.

Soaring above the dramatic Scablands of the United States, Brian discovers how the same landscape has been found on Mars. And it was all carved out in a geological heartbeat by a monumental flood.

Armed with a gas mask, Brian enters a cave in Mexico where bacteria breathe toxic gas and leak concentrated acid. Yet relatives of these creatures could be surviving in newly-discovered caves on Mars.

But Brian’s sixth wonder isn’t a planet at all. Jupiter’s moon Europa is a dazzling ball of ice etched with strange cracks. The patterns in the ice reveal that, far below, there is an ocean with more potentially life-giving water than all the oceans on Earth.

Of all the wonders of the solar system forged by the laws of nature, there is one that stands out. In the final episode of this series, Brian reveals the greatest wonder of them all.

Nach dem Klick gibt es wie üblich alle weiteren Parts und ganz am Ende alle Links zu den Playlists sowie der DVD bzw. der Blu-Ray.

… weiter.

07.04.2010 2

BBC-Doku: Wonders Of The Solar System – Episode 4

Der vierte Teil der BBC Doku “Wonders Of The Solar System” mit Physiker Brian Cox über Vulkane auf der Erde und in unserem Sonnensystem ist schon seit einigen Tagen online. Leider hatte ich es bisher versäumt es hier reinzustellen – Sorry an der Stelle. Hier der offizielle Snip zur Episode.

The worlds that surround our planet are all made of rock, but there the similarity ends. Some have a beating geological heart, others are frozen in time. Brian travels to the tallest mountain on Earth, the volcano Mauna Kea on Hawaii, to show how something as basic as a planet’s size can make the difference between life and death. Even on the summit of this volcano, Brian would stand in the shade of the tallest mountain in the solar system, an extinct volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons, which rises up 27 km.

Yet the fifth wonder in the series isn’t on a planet at all. It’s on a tiny moon of Jupiter. The discoveries made on Io have been astonishing. This fragment of rock should be cold and dead, yet, with the volcanic landscape of eastern Ethiopia as a backdrop, Brian reveals why Io is home to extraordinary lakes of lava and giant volcanic plumes that erupt 500 km into the sky.

Der fünfte Teil wurde auch schon ausgestrahlt und sollte demzufolge auch bald online sein. Die restlichen Videos der vierten Episode wie immer nach dem Klick und so. … weiter.

25.03.2010 0

BBC-Doku: Wonders Of The Solar System – Episode 3

Die dritte Folge der Serie Wonders Of The Solar System mit dem Titel “Thin Blue Line” ist seit einigen Stunden online und wie immer gilt, watch until it gets geoblocked.

Brian reveals how something as flimsy as an envelope of gas – an atmosphere – can create some of the most wondrous sights in the solar system. He takes a ride in an English Electric Lightning and flies 18 km up to the top of earth’s atmosphere, where he sees the darkness of space above and the thin blue line of our atmosphere below. In the Namib desert in south-west Africa, he tells the story of Mercury. This tiny planet was stripped naked of its early atmosphere and is fully exposed to the ferocity of space.

Against the stunning backdrop of the glaciers of Alaska, Brian reveals his fourth wonder: Saturn’s moon Titan, shrouded by a murky, thick atmosphere. He reveals that below the clouds lies a magical world. Titan is the only place beyond earth where we’ve found liquid pooling on the surface in vast lakes, as big as the Caspian Sea, but the lakes of Titan are filled with a mysterious liquid, and are quite unlike anything on earth.

Die restlichen Teile gibt es natürlich nach dem Klick. … weiter.

24.03.2010 1

BBC-Doku: Wonders Of The Solar System – Episode 02

Der zweite Teil der BBC-Serie “Wonders Of The Solar System” mit Brian Cox ist online. Ich konnte es mir noch nicht ansehen, da ich es eben erst bekommen habe (Danke Andre!) und es schon verdammt spät ist, deshalb hier erstmal die Zusammenfassung zur zweiten Folge:

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most stunning locations on earth to describe how the laws of nature have carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Brian reveals how beauty and order in earth’s cosmic backyard was formed from nothing more than a chaotic cloud of gas. Chasing tornados in Oklahoma, he explains how the same physics that creates these spinning storms shaped the young solar system. Out of this celestial maelstrom emerged the jewel in the crown, Brian’s second wonder – the magnficent rings of Saturn.

On an ice-choked lagoon in Iceland, he sees the nearest thing on Earth to Saturn’s rings. Using the latest scientific imagery and breathtaking graphics, he explains how the intricate patterns round Saturn are shaped by the cluster of more than 60 moons surrounding the planet.

One of those moons makes a spectacular contribution to the rings and is the third wonder of the solar system. Brian describes the astonishing discovery of giant fountains of ice erupting from the surface of Enceladus, which soar thousands of kilometres into space.

Seht es euch am besten sofort an, da die erste Folge bereits kräfitg geoblocked wurde. Die restlichen Videos gibt es nach dem Klick. … weiter.